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    jondf
    jondf  72474 forum posts
    9 May 2012 - 11:43 AM

    A quick search on EPZ brings up a few topics on this subject but they're old posts. Anyone got recommendations for a decent handheld GPS?

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    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2012 - 11:50 AM

    It really depends upon what you want. The Garmin eTrex range are excellent, starting from a plain screen base up to full mapping capability, the price varies enormously. All of them allow you to download a route to follow, or simply to log the track you are making. You can also connect them up to software like Memory Map, to plan routes and check what you actually did.

    Another option is GPS software for your Smartphone (if you have one).

    One thing I would recommend is that you get one which takes ordinary AA batteries, rather than having a built in rechargable battery. Nothing worse than running out of power when you are nowhere near a power supply.

    Finally (and I'm sure you are aware of this) a GPS should always be backed up by a decent map. Also, GPS units work in straight lines between points, so if you are using one in fog make sure you know where the cliff edges are.

    HTH

    Ian

    edit - this gives you a quick idea of the range.

    Last Modified By digicammad at 9 May 2012 - 11:51 AM
    jondf
    jondf  72474 forum posts
    9 May 2012 - 12:57 PM

    Thanks very much for that, Ian. Can you expand on the following point?

    "log the track you are making..."


    Cheers

    JonD

    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2012 - 1:14 PM

    When the GPS is on and has locked onto the satellites it will keep a log of where you walk/run/cycle/drive, this is called a track. At various points along the track, usually where it things you have deviated from a straight line, it will drop a marker.

    You can see your track on the GPS screen, regardless of whether you have the plain screen or map version. On a loop that's useful to see how far you are from the end of the loop, it's also handy for retracing your steps. In fact most GPS' have a 'retrace' facility.

    When you get back to your PC you can upload your track to your mapping software and examine where you went, with things like elevation profiles. You can also convert the track into a route, which you can download to your GPS to follow next time.

    darranl
    darranl  5318 forum posts England
    9 May 2012 - 1:18 PM

    Also tools like Lightroom 4 can take the track information (depending on file format) and automatically geo-tag any photos taken while on that route by comparing the capture time with the position at that time.

    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2012 - 1:20 PM

    Providing your camera has the correct time and date set. Smile

    darranl
    darranl  5318 forum posts England
    9 May 2012 - 1:26 PM

    I haven't checked Lightroom yet but many tools support ofsets to take that into account anyway.

    mshulver1
    mshulver1  3 United Kingdom
    9 May 2012 - 1:28 PM

    really depends on your budget, i've used garmin etrex H which is a basic one tells you the essentials and a garmin oregon which was great had ordnance survey maps on it, colour, touchscreen, good battery life but is expensive.

    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2012 - 2:33 PM

    BTW I have the Etrex H which I have used very successfully to navigate a couple of coast to coast bike rides.

    NEWDIGIT
    NEWDIGIT  3401 forum posts United Kingdom
    9 May 2012 - 3:41 PM

    The various Garmin models are amongst the "best -for- bucks", you really do have a large range to choose from and being Garmin you know they will take the knocks and bumps
    BUT !!! no matter which you choose always carry a map in a waterproof case know how to read it and know where you are at all times.
    There are many records of walkers getting lost when their GPS's bateries went flat or simply lost satellite signal in high ground shadows.
    Not forgetting dress well and tell someone where you are going and your eta
    OK Lesson over enjoy the walks

    geffers7
    geffers7 e2 Member 333 forum postsgeffers7 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2012 - 5:00 PM

    I've got an Etrex H and although very simple in spec and use it does the job I need. I use it mainly to check my location - I always use a map as main navigation - the gps is back-up. One unexpected benefit (at least for me is the trip odometer - which measures miles walked average speed etc - really useful when you are in training for a long distance walk as I am!
    Geoff

    jondf
    jondf  72474 forum posts
    9 May 2012 - 11:25 PM

    Thanks to all for your advice... Smile

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314810 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2012 - 11:38 PM

    A camera Smile

    mlewis
    mlewis  91475 forum posts United Kingdom
    10 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

    I would go for a Garmin. I have a GPSMap60cx (now replaced by the GPSMap62 range) and It's great.

    jondf
    jondf  72474 forum posts
    10 May 2012 - 7:40 PM


    Quote: I would go for a Garmin. I have a GPSMap60cx (now replaced by the GPSMap62 range) and It's great.

    It sounds good although in some reviews, folk say the 60CSX is better than its replacement (62?)

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