Yesterday, Garmin announced (officially) their replacement of the popular and well-regarded 60 series of GPS receivers. The announcement got a lot of press at GPSTracklog today.
As you can see, the new model includes support of Garmin Custom Maps, satellite images from Garmin’s subscription service (BirdsEye Satellite Imagery), and it probably won’t be too long before Topofusion can load imagery onto it.
I don’t think I really need to cover the technical specifications at this point. Between the Garmin Blog announcement and the GPSTracklog announcement, all the technical specifications are pretty well covered.
I will offer my opinions based on the information gleaned from the sources I mentioned. Obviously, it has a very similar form factor to the existing 60 series models. This is pretty good news. The high-res touch screens seem to have problems with sunlight readability. Since these seem to be using some tried and true hardware, some of those issues seem to be getting addressed. I expect sunlight readability to be pretty good in these.
I am also happy with the large onboard memory and the additional memory card space on the top two models (s and st models). This ought to be able to address the memory-hungry nature of satellite imagery.
Also, Garmin appears to at least be making an attempt to standardize accessories for different models. The 62 series will be compatible with accessories from the Colorado, Oregon, and Dakota lines because they share the same mounting system.
I, for one, am excited for the release. Word on the street is that this will be available in July, though Garmin’s official statement is for release to be in Q3 of 2010.
With any luck, the new models (both the 62 and the 78) will be just as reliable as the models they are replacing. Their reliability has been just one feature that has made them the standard for outdoor enthusiasts. I use my 76CSx frequently for trailbuilding and maintenance. These new models have me thinking seriously about upgrading. Specifically, I’m thinking about this 62 because I think I’d like the buttons below the screen instead of above it like on the 76. I’d also like for it to be a bit more compact.
Anyone else anticipating these new models as much as I am?