The Garmin GPSMAP 62s bundle is the most popular product within our entire catalogue of GPS units. It's not hard to see why because, as well as a whole host of fantastic features on the GPS device itself, the GPSMAP 62s bundle also comes with £200 worth of FREE maps.
What you get with the GPSMAP 62s Bundle:
- GPSMAP 62s Unit
- Garmin GB Discoverer™ MicroSD™ Card (RRP £200) - Full Great Britain Coverage at OS Landranger 1:50K
- Carabiner Clip
- USB Cable
- Quick Start Manual
Key features of the GPSMAP 62s Unit:
- 2.6" sunlight-readable colour display
- Worldwide shaded relief basemap
- Wireless sharing between gps units - e.g. routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches
- 1.7 GB internal memory plus a MicroSD™ slot
- High-sensitivity GPS receiver with quad helix antenna
- Supports paperless geocaching
For full specifcations of the GPSMAP 62s please read on. Alernatively, to compare all Garmin Handheld GPS Units see our Garmin Handheld GPS Guide.
So what is the GPSMAP 62 series all about?
The GPSMAP 62 handheld GPS series is still very much designed with durability and ruggedness in mind which we're sure will make it even more popular with the military as well as hunters, hikers and especially Geocacher's, all appreciating its advancement in technology and extra features.
The long awaited arrival of the Garmin 62 Series has been gladly received and so far is not letting us down, the lads have already had the Garmin GPSMAP 62st up into the Cheviots and we've not seen it since!
Such features as the incredibly accurate WAAS enabled high sensitivity receiver with Hot Fix Technology along with its quad helix antenna will accurately keep track of your signal fast wherever you are in the World.
What's good about the GPSMAP 62s?
Some of the more popular everyday features of the Garmin 62 Series look like they are going to be a real hit and unlike some of the competition these GPS units have been designed with real thought and everyday functionality in mind. A big plus for us is that the Garmin 62s now has the ability to display Ordnance Survey mapping in both 1:25K and 1:50K and renders the OS maps on screen very quickly, faster than the ever popular Garmin Oregon touchscreen series.
The GPSMAP 62's rugged, rubberised housing makes it fully waterproof (IPX7) and combined with large buttons means it can be used easily with gloves on, which tends to be one of the negatives of the touch screen units and ideal if you're working in a cold climate.
Its 2.6 inch 65K colour screen enables you to read in any amount of sunlight and its on-screen route creation is very easy to use. The 62s also has a long battery life which will give you up to an incredible 20 hours of usability, giving you peace of mind for the longer routes or if you happen to take an unexpected detour!!
Its 1.7GB memory means you can upload a serious amount of maps from the incredibly detailed 24K or the lesser 100k maps that have shaded relief which is great for the steeper inclines or when you're tackling high ridges. Its tracklog allows you to store up to 10,000 points and 200 saved tracks as well as an incredible 200 routes and 2,000 waypoints.
With Garmin custom maps you can convert electronic or printed maps into a navigable download with automated routing.
The Garmin GPSMAP 62 GPS series takes the geocaching market seriously and has many functions ideally suited to make your geocaching experience an enjoyable one. Its paperless geoacaching feature enables you to enter your cache details before you set off and has the ability to download your caches, which saves time inputting the information manually.
All of the Garmin 62 series GPS units can receive "Birds Eye Satellite Imagery" which allows you to get satellite images beamed straight to your GPS unit, allowing you to see the terrain in terrific clarity and high resolution detail which again makes it an ideal choice for the Military.(subscription is required)
We like the 3-axis tilt-compensated compass that can be used on the move and without stopping especially when time is of the essence. It also has a very impressive built in barometric altimeter allowing it to give precise altitudinal readings as well as predicting the changes in weather and atmospheric pressure.
Another major feature is its wireless transfer, which allows you to share data such as routes, maps, photos and geocaching data with another Garmin GPS unit that's compatible, practically anywhere, just by sitting them side by side. We say this as we haven't tried it under water yet!!
The GPSMAP 62s also has the capability to upload photo's through its photo navigation function, allowing you to upload and download photos from Garmin Connect. Garmin Connect is totally free and is Garmin's very own data sharing community allowing you to share your outdoor experience with 1000's of other like-minded people. You can also download routes, tracks, maps, and even use Google Earth to monitor your travels.
The GPSMap 62s also has a MicroSD™ slot that allows you to upload the City Navigator for use in the car when you're traveling around Europe trying to find your way to the hills. If you're thinking of tackling Europe then the Garmin GPSMAP 62st comes with European Recreational mapping as standard and has an 500MB of usable internal memory.
Do we need to tell you any more? I don't think so! But if you don't believe us then please read on to see what Garmin has to say.
What Garmin has to say about the GPSMAP 62
Features of the GPSMAP 62s:
When the terrain gets tough, you can depend on the GPSMAP 62s handheld navigator to guide you through, with 3-axis tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter. Inspired by the powerful GPSMAP 60 series, this rugged and waterproof GPS combines high-precision accuracy with high functionality to brave the demands of any terrain you dare to tackle wherever the adventure, whatever the activity.
Explore The Terrain:
The Garmin GPSMAP 62s features a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable colour screen with built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. With photo navigation, you can download pictures from Garmin Connect Photos and navigate to them.
Get Your Bearings
The Garmin GPSMAP 62s has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which helps you get your orientation and points you towards your destination even when you're standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. View elevation and profile on the altimeter screen and you can even plot barometric pressure over time to keep an eye on changing weather conditions.
With the GPSMAP 62s you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS handhelds. So now your friends can also enjoy your favourite hike or cache - simply press send to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin.
Keep Your Fix
With a quad helix antenna and high-sensitivity, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix satellite prediction, GPSMAP 62s has unparalleled reception to locate your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep valleys. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on GPSMAP 62s to help you find your way when you need it the most.
Enhance Your Adventures
With space to store up to 2000 waypoints and 200 routes, GPSMAP 62s' detailed route planning and tracking helps you navigate from point-to-point and keep track of your journey as you go. As you navigate to a destination on an active track, you can view upcoming elevation changes together with waypoints and key stages along the route for a clear picture of the journey ahead. And with customisable display, you can tailor GPSMAP 62s' dashboard to show you the details you need on your adventure.
Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. You can conveniently plug in Garmin GB Discoverer mapping for OS Explorer (1:25k) and OS Landranger (1:50k) detail and hit the trail. The traditional look and feel of the Ordnance Survey map detail complements Garmin's dynamic search capabilities. Use GPSMAP 62s to search, select and navigate to points of interest and street addresses and follow the route on foot, in the car or by bike with an Ordnance Survey backdrop. Add 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 62s also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), which lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. See the terrain in terrific clarity and high-resolution detail with satellite and aerial imagery on your GPSMAP 62s. BirdsEye works with your BaseCamp planning software, onboard maps and points of interest to add real-world images of buildings, roads, trails, mountains and other land features. In addition, the 62s is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device. Put your favourite paper or digital maps on the Garmin GPSMAP 62s by converting details, labels and landmarks from other maps and informal plans like ski piste routes, mountain bike trails or charity treks into tailored content that's ready to navigate.
You've been busy exploring and now you want to store, save and share your routes, tracks and waypoints. 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. Simply upload activities saved on GPSMAP 62 from your hiking, camping or geocaching adventure to keep a record on the web or swap ideas and expeditions with others. 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, share and take your adventures further.
The Garmin GPSMAP 62s supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but saving time you would otherwise waste manually entering cache details before you set off. GPSMAP 62s stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates or paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 62s is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.
Through Garmin Connect you can now store and analyse your GPS activities online. Click Here For Garmin Connect.
Physical and Performance
- Unit dimensions, W x H x D: 6.1 x 16.0 x 3.6 cm
- Display size, W x H: 4.1 x 5.6 cm; Diag (6.6 cm)
- Display resolution, WxH: 160 x 240 pixels
- Display type: transflective, 65-K color TFT
- Weight: 260.1 g with batteries
- Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
- Battery life: 20 hours
- Waterproof: Yes (IPX7)
- Floats: No
- High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
- Interface: High-Speed USB and NMEA 0183 Compatible
Maps and Memory
- Basemap: Yes
- Ability to add maps: Yes
- Built-in memory: 1.7 GB
- Accepts data cards: microSD™ Card (Not Included)
- Waypoints/favorites/locations: 2,000
- Routes: 200
- Track log: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
- Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads): Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
- Electronic compass: Yes (Tilt-Compensated, 3-Axis)
- Touchscreen: No
- Barometric altimeter: Yes
- Camera: No
- Geocaching-friendly: Yes (paperless)
- Custom maps compatible: Yes
- Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos): yes
- Outdoor GPS games: No
- Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
- Sun and moon information: Yes
- Tide tables: Yes
- Area calculation: Yes
- Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): Yes
- Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): Yes
- Picture viewer: Yes
- Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): Yes
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