Garmin launches GPSMAP 62 outdoor handheld

The prestigious successor to the iconic GPSMAP 60

November 10, 2010

The prestigious successor to the iconic GPSMAP 60

Garmin Distribution Africa (Pty) Ltd has announced that the GPSMAP 62 series, the successor to the successful GPSMAP 60 rugged outdoor handheld device, has been launched with a new look, new mapping options and new exciting features.

According to Walter Mech, Director of Sales and Marketing at Garmin Distribution Africa, the GPSMAP 62 series features two distinct waterproof models – the GPSMAP 62 and GPSMAP 62s – aimed at outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, off-road sports enthusiasts and leisure boaters, to people who geochache and nature lovers.

“The basic GPSMAP 62 includes a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief. The GPSMAP 62s adds a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and wireless connectivity for sharing routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other compatible Garmin Outdoor handhelds,” he says.

“GPSMAP 62s also includes a barometric altimeter that tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. Users can also plot barometric pressure over time, which can help keep an eye on changing weather conditions.”

“Adding maps is easy with Garmap’s detailed Digital Elevation Model (DEM), topographic and road maps,” he says.

“With 1.7GB of onboard memory, you can conveniently download BlueChart g2 for a great day on the water or Garmap Southern Africa Streetmaps for turn-by-turn routing on roads.

“GPSMAP 62 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 units are compatible with Garmin Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.

“The GPSMAP 62 also supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. You can store and display key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs!” Mech explains.

GPSMAP 62 series features a 2.6” sunlight-readable colour display, up to 20 hours of battery life, a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception.

The GPSMAP 62 series is made even more versatile through its universal mounting system that is compatible with the same accessories as Garmin’s Oregon, Dakota and Colorado products.

“The Garmin GPSMAP 62 and 62s give you all the tools to get out and explore the beauty that South Africa has to offer,” Mech says.

“Whether you’re out looking for hidden geocaches, doing some serious off-roading or even exploring new waterways, the GPSMAP 62 series takes recreational navigation to a new level. It’s time to live the adventure!” he concludes.