An intuitive touch-screen device that works even when you’re wearing thin gloves. The screen has dual orientation (portrait or landscape) and the backlit display performs well in bright sunlight or low light. There is a barometric altimeter, a 3-axis electronic compass and Bluetooth-Smart capability, and the device comes preloaded with a European recreational map. Maps can be added via a microSD card. Users can create routes and way points on the device, or online with Garmin’s free trip-planning software BaseCamp.
This model has an 8-megapixel autofocus camera (with a flash/torch), which geotags photos to the location where they were taken. BaseCamp combines these photos with track logs to turn journeys into visuals. Battery life is good: 16 hours using the rechargeable pack, and it also takes AA batteries.