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Garmin Oregon 550 Handheld GPS Receiver

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Product description
  • Geocaching friendly
  • Built-in basemap
  • Ability to add maps
  • Electronic compass and barometric altimeter capabilities
  • Area calculator to calculate surrounding area distance
Description
Navigation gets easier and faster with the high-sensitivity Garmin Oregon 550 GPS receiver. Besides finding directions, this Garmin touchscreen navigator also allows you to capture your on-the-go adventure with its integrated 3.2 MP, autofocus, digital camera. Know where you are heading with the integrated 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass of this Garmin GPS receiver. This WAAS-enabled Garmin touchscreen navigator accurately locates your current position with the help of its HotFix satellite prediction. You can now share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches with other compatible Oregon, Colorado and Dakota users using the unit-to-unit transfer capability of this Garmin GPS receiver. Cherish your memories with the built-in picture viewer of the Garmin Oregon 550 GPS receiver.

Product Identifiers
BrandGarmin
ModelOregon 550
MPN010-00697-10, 100069710, 100069710 OREGON550 010-00697-10 OREGON550 100069710 010-00697-10, OREGON550, OREGON550 100069710 010-00697-10
UPC0753759084356, 5052217002877

Key Features
UsageHandheld/Outdoors
System TypeHandheld
Screen Size3"
User InterfaceTouch Screen

Display
Display Size1.53 in. x 2.55 in.
Display Type65k Colors Display
Resolutions240 x 400

Technical Features
FeaturesBuilt-In Barometer, Calender, Digital Camera, Geocaching Mode, Waterproof
Trip calculatorRoute Recalculation, Track Log

Battery
Battery Life16 Hours

Dimensions
Weight0.43 lb.

Other Features
PC InterfaceNMEA-0183, USB 2.0
Installed Memory850 MB
Expansion Slot Typemicro-SD slot

eBay Product ID: EPID85640221

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Created: 01/22/11

Garmin Oregon 550

I've been using the Garmin GPSmap60 for many years and finally replaced it with the Oregon 550 (no pre-loaded topos). I recommend NOT buying the 550T, as gpsfiledepot probably has FREE maps for your area that are of better quality than Garmin maps. You can save about $100 buy finding a refurbished unit, and you'll also save another $100 by using free maps. I bought my factory refurb 550 for $299 in January, 2011.

In the package were 2 rechargeable batteries, a multi-country battery charger, and a detachable carabiner clip. I recommend higher capacity AA batteries (at least 2300 mAh), a screen protector, and a wrist strap.

The best feature of the 550 is the ability to use ANY paper map (raster file) on the unit (after scanning, converting and georeferencing). Currently limited to a total of 100 (1078 x1078 maximum) kml tiles but this is enough for any purpose. I think future firmware may release this limitation. GRaster software is free and extremely useful for the custom map making process. There is a built-in digital elevation model, but this appears to only work with Garmin branded map products. Also, custom maps cannot be viewed in 3d. I have found that you can load 2 supplemental maps (gmapsupp files) by having one on the card and one on the internal memory.

The built in 3.2 MP camera is fine for 4x6 prints and geo-tags the pics. Irfanview will plot locations (and azimuth taken) in Google Earth as well as show full EXIF info. For quality pictures carry another device, but I really like the camera feature and can see where it would be nice to map and plot pics of deer rubs, scrapes, stands, etc. The micro sd card slot is located underneath the batteries and can store photos and custom maps, as well as optional City Navigator maps (fully routable maps as on the Nuvi series).

This is by far the quickest and most accurate GPS I have seen and locks onto signals instantly. WAAS capability is not default but can be turned on easily. Satellite geometry and strength are viewable by pressing the signal strength icon. The waypoint averaging routine is capable of multiple point sampling and I have shown Garmin waypoints to be within 6 feet of actual OPUS-corrected NY State Plane coordinates by taking only one 2 minute sample (initial location with a Javad Triumph professional surveying GPS) . This may even close up a bit with additional samples, as the geometry of the satellite constellation changes, but it's not always convenient to return to a waypoint an hour later.

Tracks can be shown in a multitude of colors, and archived. There is a big selection of waypoint icons and you have the ability to add more or make your own (tedious process but possible). The 3-axis compass is accurate and usable (is independent of the satellites) and the altimeter and barometer can record changes over time in graph form. Each screen is fully customizable for data display.

The 550 also has the usual Garmim menu items like an alarm clock, sun/moon data, best hunting and fishing time data, a calendar, stopwatch, trip computer etc, and the Oregon has the additional ability to share data wirelessly with other capable units.

Future firmware requests pending with Garmin include removing the kml tile limit of 100 and being able to turn individual custom maps on or off. Currently they are grouped into one tab. Other vector maps (ie, snowmobile trails, contours, etc.) have their own tab and can be turned on or off as needed.

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Created: 11/07/10

Garmin 550

I required a trail type portable GPS with altitude functions. Much of the flora and fauna here is highly dependant upon altitude. I also liked the idea of implementing a camera....like we all need is another device with a camera but the 550 marks the photos as a waypoint. The camera is a power monger and Garmin does not recommend the use of alkaline batteries if the camera is to be used. That causes some difficulty since it can be difficult to find a power source for the rechargable batteries. But it allows me to return to interesting sites without entering a lot of data. I can return to check the progress of various Orchids and other interesting plants by simply selecting the photo. Certain geological formations can be selected and returned to at a later date. I am very pleased with the sensitivity of the device. Once it locks to a satellite it seems to hold. I can travel through heavy rainforest and the signal remains solid. Garmin makes solid devices that are dust and water repellent and can take some pretty good physical abuse that happens on the trail. Availability of topo maps for Peru as well as the rest of South America would be a major plus. I have yet to apply the gathered data to produce useable maps so cannot say much about it. I do not require road maps since it is designed for trail and not auto traveling. The touchscreen is convenient and brightness is good. I have not used the compass features in serious cross country travel but have believe it to be reliable. There are a lot of good GPS receivers but Garmin is my choice from past experience with other GPS units. It would be difficult to make a poor choice with the Garmin family of hand held units.

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Created: 11/19/11

High quality product,works perfectly

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The navigator with the photographic memory - Oregon 550 combines rugged outdoor touchscreen navigation with a 3.2 megapixel digital camera. Add high sensitivity GPS, barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass and microSD card slot.

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Created: 03/12/13

Great unit that does everthing I want and then some.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Bought this unit to keep track of snowshoe hikes, bike rides,as well as hunting and scouting information. It has performed superbly this past winter. I have only scatched the surface of this units capabilities. Very easy to learn and user friendly. The touch screen is responsive but a little dark in bright sun light. It aquires satellite fixes in seconds. Battery life has been on par with Garmin's claims though I have only used lithiums, not the NMHi's that came with. So far I am very satisfied with this purchase.

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Created: 12/06/12

All-in-All,Definately recommend this unit!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I purchased this unit primarily for snowmobiling.I like the ease of usage and has some really nice features.I would personally like to see it have a larger screen,but in no way does this take anything away from this gps unit.I have yet to put it through a real world test so I cant elaborate on this or the longivity of this product seeing how I just bought it,but this does seem to be a pretty rugid,user friendly gps with a lot of nice features and being able to purchase a micro sd card with snowmobile trails makes this even better for me!

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