As of yesterday, three new devices join the Oregon series of touchscreen outdoor handhelds–the Oregon 700, 750, and 750t. Featuring high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS support, the new Oregon 700 series has a redesigned GPS antenna for better reception and performance.
All the 700 series models come pre-loaded with the world shaded relief basemap for easy navigation and a 1-year subscription to BirdsEye satellite imagery for real-life terrain views. On top of that, the 750t model adds preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps.
In addition to mapping, all of the new handhelds use ABC sensors: the altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term changes in air pressure, and the 3-axis electronic compass helps you keep your bearings, even when standing still. There is also an updated and simplified menu interface, which feature a variety of activity profiles such as hike, mountain bike, climb, hunt, geocache, fish and more. All of the new Oregon 700 handhelds also include the new Active Weather feature for real-time forecast information with live weather radar so you are always aware of potential inclement weather.
With a Wifi connection or through the Garmin Connect Mobile app on a compatible phone, the 700 series handhelds integrate with Geocaching.com for Geocaching Live. You can wirelessly download cache descriptions, logs and hints, even when you are out in the field. Once a geocache is logged as found, it will be automatically uploaded to your Geocaching.com profile. Premium Geocaching.com members will also be able to sync their geocaching lists directly to their device. All of the new Oregon 700 models include more connectivity features like smart notifications and automatic uploads, and will be compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ platform.
For taking geotagged photos without having to pull out your phone, the Oregon 750 and 750t have a built-in 8MP camera with flash capabilities. Additionally, all of the units feature a microSD card slot for more data storage and additional mapping like TOPO US 24K. Featuring a 3-inch sunlight readable touchscreen display with dual orientation capabilities, these devices have a rugged design with an IPX7 water rating to withstand the elements. These units also have a unique dual battery system, which is compatible with either AA batteries or an optional NiMH rechargeable battery pack. The new outdoor handhelds can get up to 16 hours of battery life using either option.