UPDATE 4: For a sneak peek at the 62 series interface, check out my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMAP 78s.
UPDATE 3 – It’s official!
UPDATE 2 – I’m now doing hands on testing of the GPSMAP 78 series, which seems to be the same platform as the forthcoming 62 series.
UPDATE – Here are specs (and a new pic above) from Bass Pro. They are showing a price of $499.99 for the 62st and $399.99 for the 62s.
- Incredibly sensitive and easy to use
- Preloaded Worldwide DEM basemap plus Topo 100K
- Brilliant 65K color TFT display
- Crisp 160×240-pixel resolution
- 1 GB internal usable memory
- Includes a variety of essential outdoor apps, including compass, altimeter, and wireless
- High-speed USB serial interface
- External GPS output
- MicroSD card slot (card not included)
- Runs 18 hours on two AA batteries (not included)
The king is dead, long live the king. We now have visual evidence of the existence of the Garmin GPSMAP 62 series, including the successor to the long-reigning 60CSx, which has served as the gold standard for handheld GPS receivers for several years.
Like the 78 series, the 62 line mimics the form factor of the previous generation, with only slight updates. The buttons remain the same, and thankfully they’ve left the quad-helix antenna in there too. Looks like you can expect paperless geocaching and the ability to load up on Garmin custom maps and BirdsEye aerial imagery, while some models will add a tri-axial electronic compass and barometric altimeter (62S, 62ST) and pre-loaded topos (62ST for the US, 62STC for Canada). Speaking of our brethren up north, we can thank the Canadian publication Radio World for the pics (hat tip to Coggins).