Garmin GPSMap 78SC

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Garmin Camp & Hike MAP 78sc Costal Charts 0100086402. 6 color LCD USB NMEA0183 Includes barometic altimeter 3-axis electronic compass US Coastal charts and ability to add maps via micro-SD card. Floats uses 2 AA batteries (not included).


This buoyant, waterproof GPS will take you anywhere from sea level to high altitudes. It features a compass, tide tables and a barometric altimeter that tracks weather changes, all shown on a big 65K-color, backlit TFT display. Comes loaded with Garmin's BlueChart g2 coastal charts and a worldwide base map. Map details include shorelines, depth contours, navaids, harbors, marinas and more for the US and Bahamas. If you like to paddle, fish or hike, you'll like the 78sc's extra features, including an electronic compass, tide tables and a barometric altimeter that calculates precise altitude, ascent and descent rates, total climb distance and vertical speed. It also plots pressure trends for a 12-hour period, so you can anticipate weather changes. You can send information like that new favorite fishing spot wirelessly to friends with compatible GPS units. 1.7 GB of internal memory. Micro SD card slot lets you add other Garmin maps. Automatic routing capabilities guide you, turn by turn, with tone prompts to your destination. The highly sensitive GPS receiver features HotFix satellite prediction for fast satellite acquisition and lets you track your location in challenging conditions, such as fog or heavy foliage. WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) enabled, it's accurate to 10 feet. Waterproof for 30 min. in 1 meter of water. Runs for 20 hours on 2 AA batteries, not included. Imported. Unit dimensions 6"H x 2.6"W x 1.6"D. Display 2.6" diagonal; 160 x 240 pixels. Weight 7.7 oz. with batteries. Internal memory 1.7 GB Batteries two AA, not included. Battery life 20 hours. Waypoints up to 2,000. Routes up to 200. Track log 10,000 points; 200 saved tracks.

- L.L.Bean

The waterproof, floating Garmin GPSMAP 78sc GPS comes with preloaded BlueChart g2 coastal charts and features a built-in compass, altimeter and high-sensitivity receiver. Bright, sunlight-readable 65K TFT display measures 2.6 in. (240 x 160 pixels) and presents imagery in crisp and colorful detail. High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver features HotFix(TM) satellite prediction for a rapid first fix and reliable performance in urban canyons or under dense foliage. WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) technology can pinpoint your position to 3m or better. Worldwide shaded-relief basemap supports Garmin custom maps and BirdsEye(TM) satellite imagery (custom maps and satellite imagery sold separately). Preloaded BlueChart(R) coastal charts include shorelines, depth contours, navigational aids, harbors, marinas and more throughout the U.S. and Bahamas. MicroSD(TM) card slot enables expanded memory and the option of additional mapping (microSD card sold separately). High-speed USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy; interface cable included. Marine-friendly unit floats and features a dedicated "Man Overboard" emergency button and meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (can be submerged to 1m for up to 30 min.). Enjoy effortless sharing of waypoints, tracks, routes and geocache locations between compatible units with ANT wireless capability. Built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter provide a steady bearing, altitude and atmospheric pressure trends. Navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the dedicated serial port. Comes with a USB cable, wrist strap and quick start guide. The Garmin GPSMAP 78sc operates for up to 20 hrs. on 2 AA batteries (sold separately).



Price MSRP: $349.99
Current Retail: $213.99
Historic Range: $213.99-$499.00
Weight 7.7 oz / 218.3 g with batteries
Dimensions 2.6 in x 6.0 in x 1.2 in / 6.6 cm x 15.2 cm x 3.0 cm
Display size 1.43 in x 2.15 in / 3.6 cm x 5.5 cm, 2.6 in diag / 6.6 cm
Display resolution 160 x 240 pixels
Display type transflective, 65-K color TFT
Battery 2 AA batteries- not included, NiMH or Lithium recommended
Battery life 20 hours
Waterproof yes (IPX7)
Floats yes
High-sensitivity receiver yes
Interface high-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible


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