Earlier this week, Garmin released a new outdoor handheld –the GPSMAP 64sc . The new handheld brings a dual GPS and GLONASS receiver, preloaded geocaches, smartphone connectivity, and an 8MP camera complete with geotagging and flash functionality to the company’s popular lineup.
By adding a camera flash and geotagging capabilities, you can now easily scout hunting spots, navigate to different waypoints or automatically geotag locations for professional use. You can even use the camera flash as a flashlight, something that isn’t available on other handheld units in the series.
The GPSMAP 64sc boasts a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable transflective color display and a high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiver with a quad helix antenna for better reception. Using GPS plus GLONASS satellites provides faster acquisition times and helps the handheld maintain signal in heavy cover and deep canyons. The GPSMAP 64sc is also equipped with a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass with accelerometer and barometric altimeter. You can also pair the outdoor handheld with your phone to receive texts and alerts right on the device.
Like other handhelds in the GPSMAP 64 series, the GPSMAP 64sc is water-resistant (IPX7) and comes preloaded with a worldwide basemap with shaded relief and a free one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery for real-life terrain views right on the device. Additionally, the GPSMAP 64sc is compatible with a variety of optional maps including Garmin HuntView, Garmin TOPO maps, and turn-by-turn routing on City Navigator among others. The device’s 8 GB of internal memory can also be expanded using a microSD card.
The rugged GPSMAP 64sc is compatible with the BaseCamp software where you can view and organize maps, waypoints, routes and tracks. It’s also compatible with the Garmin Connect mobile app, for features such as LiveTrack. With LiveTrack, you can pair their device with the app, and invite friends and family to follow your activity in real time.
The outdoor handheld comes preloaded with 250,000 geocaches, including key information such as the geocache coordinates, terrain rating, difficulty, hints and descriptions — the device can also store millions more.
The GPSMAP 64sc has a unique dual battery system that works with both the included NiMH battery pack and traditional AA batteries, so you have options on how to keep the device charged while out in the field. The outdoor handheld can get up to 16 hours of battery life.
The GPSMAP 64sc is available now and retails for $399.99.