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Garmin GPSMAP 62stc Handheld Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Rugged, IPX7-waterproof handheld navigator with high-sensitivity GPS receiver, 1.6 x 2.2 inch color display
- Preloaded with TOPO 100K for coverage of the full U.S. and Puerto Rico with terrain, elevation, and more, plus worldwide basemap with shaded relief
- Built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass shows your heading even when you're standing still;
- Barometric altimeter pinpoints your precise altitude
- Compatible with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps--4.3GB onboard memory for downloading
- 5-megapixel autofocus camera with automatic geotagging allows easy navigation back to favorite photo spots
- 2.6" 65K color TFT Display
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- Size (LWH): 1.4 inches, 2.4 inches, 6.3 inches
- Weight: 9.28 ounces
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The GPSMAP 62stc handheld navigator features a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass, a barometric altimeter, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with photo navigation, preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps and supports custom maps and BirdsEye Satellite imagery (subscription required). Rugged and waterproof, GPSMAP 62stc employs a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception, has a high-speed USB connection, a sleek new design and connects wirelessly to compatible Garmin handhelds.
Rugged Handheld GPS With Built-in Camera
Explore the Terrain
The GPSMAP 62stc comes preloaded with TOPO 100K, which includes coverage of the full U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and a worldwide basemap with shaded relief--all the tools for serious climbing or hiking. Map detail includes national, state and local parks and forests, along with terrain contours, elevation information, trails, rivers, lakes and points of interest.
Get Your Bearings
GPSMAP 62stc has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you're standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you can even use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.
With GPSMAP 62stc, you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin device users. So now your friends can also enjoy your favorite hike or cache--simply press "send" to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin.
Document Your Journey
With GPSMAP 62stc's built-in 5 megapixel autofocus camera, you'll be able to capture the highlights of your outings. Each photo is automatically geotagged with the location of where it was taken, allowing you--or those you share your photos with--to easily navigate back to that spot in the future.
Keep Your Fix
With its quad helix antenna and high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, GPSMAP 62stc locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear--whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on GPSMAP 62stc to help you find your way when you need it the most.
Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With 4.3 GB of onboard memory, GPSMAP 62stc lets you conveniently download TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). GPSMAP 62stc also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, the 62stc is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.
You've been busy exploring and now you want to store and analyze your activities. With a simple connection to your computer and to the Internet, you can get a detailed analysis of your activities and send tracks to your outdoor device using Garmin Connect. This one-stop site offers an activity table and allows you to view your activities on a map using Google Earth. Explore other routes uploaded by millions of Garmin Connect users and share your experiences on Twitter and Facebook. Getting started is easy, so get out there, explore, and share.
GPSMAP 62stc supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. The device stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 62stc is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits. Visit OpenCaching.com to start your geocaching adventure.
What's in the Box
GPSMAP 62stc, Carabiner Clip, 2 AA NiMH Batteries, Battery Charger, USB Cable, Quick Start Manual
Top Customer Reviews
I purchased the 62st recently and took it out for a 9 mile geocaching adventure. While I like the unit very much in general, it has one major problem. Like any hiking GPS, the 62st will record your track as you hike, letting you upload it to your computer when you return home. This is very useful for keeping track of your adventures. The accuracy of the 62st's GPS, combined with its barometric altimeter, lets you accurately record your track for later use.
Sadly what I discovered is that on the 62st simply pressing buttons on the GPS interferes with the barometric altimeter. Pressing even a single button on the GPS can result in spikes in the recorded data of 30 feet or more! On my first test hike, my 62st GPS said that I had climbed more than 8000 vertical feet, while the other GPSes carried by my friends on the same hike recorded only 2000.
I did apples-to-apples comparison experiments of the Garmin 62st, Garmin 60csx and Delorme PN-40, and only the 62st exhibits this bug. Pressing buttons on the other GPSes does not interfere with the recorded track data.
I have been in contact with Garmin Support about this issue, but as of today there is no fix.
Until this issue is resolved sadly I cannot recommend the Garmin 62s or 62st. I hope for a fix soon!
UPDATE as of 8/12/2010: Today Garmin released a new set of beta firmware for the 62 series GPSes. In preliminary experiments, the new firmware seems to have significantly improved things with respect to the altimeter. I will do more testing this weekend, but the situation seems to be improving!Read more ›
My previous two GPSs are the GPSmap76 (purchased 2001) and the Edge 305 bike GPS (purchased 2009). I have used the 76S successfully with Bluechart software for kayaking in the Pacific NW, and with Garmin MetroGuide 2007 for biking around WA State. I give the 76S a 4/5 rating - a great device, which has saved me many times out in the fog. The 305 I give only 3/5 rating - too expensive for what it is (essentially a fancy bike computer, without maps). Also, the 305 suffers from vibration and will turn off when my bike hits a bump.
I am an Electrical Engineer who writes control software for a living. I have been using the 62S for about 3 months - two months while biking around Seattle, and one month during a trip with my wife to Europe. It has worked OK, and has helped us drive about 1000 miles around Sweden, Norway and S. England. However, I have encountered some frustrations with it and the CN software. Overall, I rate the 62S and CN software 3.5/5 - good, but could be improved. I haven't used other manufacturer's GPSs so maybe this is as good as it gets right now. I have a number of comments about the CN software and the 62S user interface, in the hope that these may be improved in time. I am not an expert in using the 62S so perhaps some criticisms are invalid. In that case, I hope a reader can update me.
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I used the 62s while hunting and found that I could always get a solid signal regardless of how dense the forest was. The 62s is so much better than the eTrex Vista I had been using since 2002...the 62s is in a different league.
The user interface took a little getting used to, when compared to the eTrex Visa, but the 62s has a lot more features. The technology has come a long way in 8 years.
By the way, Garmin's web site only specifies that the 62s accepts up to 4GB Micro SD cards. However, 4GB Micro SD cards hard to find, but the 4GB Micro SDHC cards are readily available. I contacted Garmin Tech Support to confirm that the 62s supports both Micro SD and Micro SDHC cards up to 4GB max.
The power saver feature worked great, and I love the fact that the user interface can be customized.
I purchased a ZAGG screen protector for my 62s. ZAGG didn't have one for the 62s yet (the 62s was too new when I purchased it) but the one that fits a GPSmap 60 can be trimmed and works fine.
I have absolutely no regrets at having purchased this product, and I'm a real picky consumer. Garmin scored another home run with this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Using it now for 2 yrs., both field hiking and back-country canoeing. Good screen size and resolution and easy to use menus. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
No batteries in the package...slightly complicated do set up out of USPublished 1 month ago by Edson Paixão
This GPS kept me from getting lost in the Rocky Mountains. I was there studying reptiles and had to use the GPS to mark their locations so that they could be returned after a night... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luna
Basically the unit itself as a handheld GPS is great. But, and it's a big but, the case is crap. The rubber cover is VERY poor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ted Sarah
This thing is garbage.... impossible to use, impossible to program.... This will be my LAST Garmin.Published 3 months ago by Paul Kempf