Garmin launches GPSMAP 62 outdoor handheld

Posted by Evan Haussmann on 11 November 2010

Garmin SA yesterday put out a press release announcing the successor to their popular handheld GPSMAP 60, the… wait for it folks…  GPSMAP 62 and GPSMAP 62s.

They sport a few new features and mapping options and are aimed at ‘outdoor enthusiasts, leisure boaters, off-road sports fanatics as well as people who love nature and geocaching’ to quote Walter Mech, director of sales and marketing at Garmin Distribution Africa.

There’s a press release at the end of this roundup but these features caught our eye:

  • Built-in worldwide basemap
  • 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass (GPSMAP 62s)
  • Wireless connectivity for sharing routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches with compatible Garmin Outdoor handhelds
  • Barometric altimeter
  • supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery
  • up to 20 hours of battery life

It’s avaiable from Cape Union Mart.

Prices are R3415 for the 62 and R4555 for the 62s.

Go to for more info.

Looks like a nice piece of gear, if we can get our hands on one we’ll keep you updated with a hands-on review.

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————— Garmin Press Release ———————————-

Garmin launches GPSMAP 62 outdoor handheld
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.

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