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Garmin announces the GPSMap 62 series

It's finally official:
Garmin Unveils GPSMAP 62 series, Updating Iconic Outdoor Handheld

June 2, 2010 - posted in On the Trail,

One of our best just got better, just in time for summer adventures. Garmin today announced the GPSMAP 62 series of rugged outdoor handheld devices, bringing a sleek updated look, new mapping options and many technical innovations to a product line beloved by hunters, hikers and geocachers of all ages.

“The GPSMAP 60 series has been one of our most popular product lines, and the new GPSMAP 62 series improves the form and functionality to make a best-in-class device even better,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether you’ve been using Garmin for years or are buying your first handheld, GPSMAP 62 is ideal as it combines our new breakthroughs in outdoor recreation technology with the comfortable feel of an old favorite.”

To help each user maximize the mapping potential of Garmin handhelds, each model in the GPSMAP 62 series is compatible with Garmin’s subscription-based BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, the free online community at Garmin Connect as well as Garmin’s free Custom Maps utility for transferring paper or digital maps onto a compatible handheld.

Boasting a 2.6” sunlight-readable color display, up to 20 hours of battery life and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception, the GPSMAP 62 series features three distinct waterproof models to suit various activities and interests. 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 handhelds. 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. In addition to these key features, GPSMAP 62st includes preloaded 100K topographic maps for the entire United States (or preloaded 50K topographic mapping of Canada for the Canadian version). Coverage on GPSMAP 62st includes major trails, urban and rural roads, interstates, highways, coastlines, rivers and lakes as well as national, state and local parks, forests and wilderness areas. In addition, you can search for points of interest by name or proximity to your location and view descriptive details for terrain contours, topo elevations, summits and geographical points.
Geocachers can help the environment and be more efficient by going paperless with the GPSMAP 62 series, quickly downloading cache information directly to the device. Each model stores and displays key information such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don’t have to tote printouts with you. Learn more about geocaching, getting started and going paperless at

Subscribers to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery can use BaseCamp software to quickly transfer high-resolution satellite images to any Garmin GPSMAP 62 device and seamlessly integrate those images into the handheld’s maps to get a true representation of the surroundings. More details can be found at

Customizing maps for your Garmin outdoor handheld has never been easier. Through a few simple steps, Garmin’s Custom Maps can bring the details, labels and landmarks of your existing paper or electronic map to a product in the GPSMAP 62 series, or a compatible Garmin Oregon, Dakota or Colorado. Compatible with both PC and Mac, this free utility complements the myriad of mapping products already offered for Garmin devices, including City Navigator, NT for turn-by-turn directions on city streets, Blue Chart g2, for marine charting, and TOPO U.S. 24K and 100K map software for incredible terrain detail (each sold separately). To walk through the steps, to find and share maps and to join discussions about Garmin Custom Maps, visit

Experiences will live on long after the activity has ended, thanks to Garmin Connect (, the free-to-join online community of more than 20 million activities for sharing, storing, analyzing and enjoying at Outdoor and fitness enthusiasts alike can share activities on Facebook and Twitter, export to Google Earth or relive the activity in table view, calendar view or on a variety of maps including our new embedded Google Earth view.

Each device in the GPSMAP 62 series has a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix, which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position. 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. Other key upgrades include photo navigation and onboard memory for downloading maps. GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st models also feature high-speed USB for faster map transfers with your computer, as well as a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows the user’s heading even when standing still, without the need to hold it level. In addition to the preloaded topographic details for the entire United States, GPSMAP 62st features 500 MB of available built-in memory. GPSMAP 62 and GPSMAP 62s are ready to be customized to fit any user’s activity, thanks to 1.7 GB of onboard memory.


  • sviking 141 Points
    I'd like to know if you can manually select from a list of multiple .img files on the SD card using only the you definitely CAN do on the Oregon.
  • Boyd 1954 Points
    Some more details are emerging on these new models. See the model comparison here:

    Interesting... this implies that the 62 still uses slow USB 1 (or USB 1.5?). That would be odd.

    No card slot on the 62. Seems kind of ridiculous in today's world. Also interesting to note that the BirdsEye page does show compatibility for the GPSMap 62 but not compatible with the Dakota 10 (which also lacks a card slot).

    Also, "...employs a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception". This will make a lot of people happy.

    Meanwhile, GPSFix has cracked open a GPSMap 78 and confirms the ST Micro Cartesio chipset and other components similar to the Oregon series. This has sparked a bit of controversy recently when GPSPassion speculated that the GPSMap 62 would be SiRFStar IV based. We still don't have info on the 62 chipset, but most people seem to believe the "guts" will be the same as the 78 series, with a different case and antenna.
  • Tim 1470 Points
    Also, "...employs a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception". This will make a lot of people happy.
    There is a certain irony to their choice of words since a chipset that has more "parallel channels" is a good thing. :)
  • gatorguy 325 Points
    Meanwhile, GPSFix has cracked open a GPSMap 78 and confirms the ST Micro Cartesio chipset and other components similar to the Oregon series. This has sparked a bit of controversy recently when GPSPassion speculated that the GPSMap 62 would be SiRFStar IV based.
    GPSPassion was a little more certain than that. :roll:

    GPSFix and I had a back and forth about that a few days ago. Nothing wrong with the Cartesio IMO, tho the SiRFStar IV would be a little kinder on the battery according to specs. The V is the one that should start showing up in pnd's soon. I think the IV is targeted more towards mobile phones or other devices that include media services. But why the 62 with no SD is compatible with BirdsEye and my Dakota 10 isn't is a real mystery now. It's purely marketing as far as I can tell.
  • Boyd 1954 Points
    And do you think it's really possible they don't have USB 2.0 on the base model? Maybe just an unintentional omission, but the 62S and 62ST say "high speed USB" while the 62 just says "USB".

    I assume this was intentional, since the same distinction is noted between the Oregon 400t and 450t. My Oregon 400t definitely does not have high speed USB 2, but evidently the 450t does:
  • gatorguy 325 Points
    edited June 2010
    Anything is possible I suppose, but that would be really unusual. It would probably require that the models go thru a very different assembly line, but there's not other hardware differences are there other than the compass? On the Oregon's, the two models you mentioned were really different series, released several months apart.
  • DevilsFan 0 Points
    The 62 looks like it might be the answer to my dilemma about which handheld to buy that I posted here several months ago:

    I really wanted to like the 60CSx, but I couldn't get past the fact that I was buying pretty old technology. Now my choice will probably come down to buying a 60CSx cheap or getting the 62. I don't think I will have buyer's remorse with either of those choices.
  • Boyd 1954 Points
    Garmin just posted the following YouTube video demonstrating the mapping capabilities of the new GPSMap 62 series:
  • gatorguy 325 Points
    Application update 2.80 released today.

    Changes made from version 2.70 to 2.80:

    * Fixed shutdown related to the current track that occurred after updating the software
    * Fixed a hang that occurred when a unit had 1000 auto-named waypoints
    * Fixed issue with marine map points sometimes drawing with the incorrect symbol
  • Boyd 1954 Points
    Interesting that this fix addresses the same issues as the new Oregon firmware. If anybody had doubts about whether these units share the same platform, this should clear that up. :)
  • gatorguy 325 Points
    I meant to mention that myself. I had assumed the 62's/78's used a different platform. But this app update extends to both the Oregon's and Dakota's so they must be very similar if not the same.
  • Boyd 1954 Points
    edited November 2010
    It was confirmed right after introduction that the innards of both new series were the same as the Oregon x50 platform. Actually a smart move by Garmin that should benefit everyone by giving Garmin more time to debug and enhance the software.

    But kind of a bummer for the "religious" crowd that enjoys the SiRF vs MTK vs whatever debates. At least they can still hang onto their beliefs about the mystical quad helix antenna on the 62 series. :wink:
  • gatorguy 325 Points
    So continue to bow to the Gods of the Helix? :lol:
  • gatorguy 325 Points
    Beta application updates were released for several Garmin handheld's today, including the GPSMAP 62/78. Version 2.91 Beta can be downloaded at:

    Changes made from version 2.90 to 2.91:
    Updated magnetic Earth field data
    Improved GPS performance
    Fixed issue with track navigation sometimes not adding waypoints to the Active Route list
    Fixed issue with track and route review from the map page if you came from the elevation plot
    Fixed issue with MPC map labels disappearing
    Fixed issue with gpi files that have alerts attached to the points
    Problems with the software may be reported to
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