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Garmin Oregon 550 GPS System

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  • Garmin Oregon 550 handheld GPS
  • 3.2 megapixel digital camera
  • Geotagging of pictures
  • Worldwide shaded basemap
  • 3" touchscreen LCD

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Garmin GB Discoverer Maps
Check out Garmin's selection of GB Discoverer Maps featuring detailed topographic data including terrain contours, topo elevations, summits, paths, routable roads and geographical points so that you can navigate with confidence on your Garmin GPS.

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.8 x 11.4 cm ; 195 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
  • Item model number: 010-00697-10
  • ASIN: B0029LL5IY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,720 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Oregon 550 combines rugged outdoor touchscreen navigation with a digital camera. It is perfect for all activities, in any climate, on any terrain, yet simple enough for beginners to master.

Take Pictures and Save Locations

Geotag photographs
Geotag photographs

Oregon 550's 3.2 megapixel autofocus digital camera with 4x digital zoom automatically geotags each photo with the location of where it was taken, allowing you to mark, remember and navigate back to that exact spot in the future. You can take and view pictures in landscape or portrait, and 850 MB of internal memory offers ample storage. Connect Oregon 550 via USB and log into my.Garmin.com to upload and store your photos at Picasa™, a popular online photo sharing community.

Touch and Go

Oregon 550 has a tough, 7.62 cm (3 in) diagonal, sunlight-readable, colour touchscreen display with a simple-to-use menu system. Both durable and waterproof, Oregon 550 is built to withstand the elements.

Get Your Bearings

Oregon 550 has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows where you're heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude.

With high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, Oregon 550 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and urban landscapes.

Add Maps

Navigate with Ordnance Survey mapping
Navigate with Ordnance Survey mapping

Oregon 550 comes preloaded with a worldwide built-in basemap with shaded relief. You can add maps for walking, driving and for use out on the water.

On the trail a Garmin GB Discoverer™ microSD™ card gives Ordnance Survey map detail, showing terrain contours, summits, trails and more.
On the road you can add Garmin GB Discoverer or City Navigator® mapping for detailed street maps and turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

On the water you can add BlueChart® g2 maps which provide information such as depth contours, full charting and harbours.

Go Geocaching

Geocaching is a great way to explore
Geocaching is a great way to explore

Go paperless with Oregon 550 by quickly downloading information from Opencaching.com for up to 5,000 caches, such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description.

Use for running or cycling

The Oregon is compatible with Garmin’s heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors and can track your speed, distance, elevation and location.

Share Wirelessly

With Oregon 550, you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly other compatible Garmin handheld users. Now you can send your favourite route to a friend to enjoy or the location of a cache to find. Sharing data is easy. Just touch "send" to transfer your information to similar devices.


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Customer Reviews

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By S. Gale on 26 Oct 2009
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First things first, this GPS receiver is really targetted at the outdoor enthusiast and is not really intended for in car use. If you are looking for an in car navigation device, then I suggest you look elsewhere. If you are a Garmin fan, the NUVI series are pretty good. These in car devices are both cheaper and more appropriate than this device. If you are looking for a device for walking, geocaching, cycling etc, then read on.

I have the 550 model - the one without the maps. I find the software based maps of limited use (prefering to use the real paper based ones in the mountains) and find the free maps from the OpenStreetMap initiative more than adequate for my needs. They have contours and paths as well as routable roads and Points of Interest (POIs). The whole of the UK comes in at around 250MB, so it will easily fit on the SD card in the device. A quick internet search will take you to the appropriate download page.

The device boots up quickly and seems pretty accurate. I bought this device specifically for geocaching (more on this later) and currently use a GPSMAP60csx. The Oregon seems as accurate as the 60csx and works well under tree cover. The device is easy to set up and configure - everyone seems to set theirs up in a slightly different way.

For geocaching, it is a really great device. You can run a pocket query on geocaching.com (you need to be a premium member to do this) and can then load the subsequent GPX file onto the device (this involves copying it into a directory on the device). The GPX file contains all the information you need for each cache - description, location, previous logs and even the hint. Using this approach, I have loaded up all of the caches within a 20 mile radius of home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richb on 9 Feb 2011
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I bought This unit to replace my Colrado 300, mainly for 3 Axis compass which I found a real pain not having on the Colorado.

Operation is nice and easy once you get used to it. Camera works well and the geotagging of photos is really neat.

Lots of free, yes free, detailed mapping around if you search it out.

Birdseye and custom maps also very useful.

owned for around a year now and would not hesitate to recomend
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Davicker on 2 Sep 2010
I have owned this GPS for just over a month now. I use it while out walking and for Geocaching.

It's packed full of features, half of which I have yet to use/master.

The plus points...

This unit is superb while out walking! The ability to accurately track where I have been is extremely useful, I can just set off into the hills without having to worry about finding my way back to the car. The camera is also useful in this way, the 550 automatically logs the co-ords of every photograph taken. So, take a pic of where you parked the car, head off exploring while mindful that the 550 will get you back.

The GPS receiver seems very sensitive and remains relatively accurate, even under tree cover. (when compared to my old TomTom)

The screen is as bright as a button and visible in all conditions. Much better than expected having read previous reviews.

The case and battery hatch are both well engineered.

The electronic compass is very accurate, having tested it against my standard 'Silva' compass.

The camera is ok... but not a replacement for a stand alone digital camera.

The altimeter works really well but have yet to find a use for it!?

I have found the battery life to be far better than expected, especially having read a few bad reports previous to purchase. I think it essential to use Ni-Mh rechargeable as these last much longer than standard alkaline batteries.

The 550 has made geocaching much easier... First of all the accuracy of the unit usually gets me within a few feet of the destination (If not right on it). And it's 'Paperless Geocaching' ability is going to be fun to explore... Can't wait to get rid of the crib sheets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce C. Neeves on 9 Jun 2011
Bought as a present; recipient says its a brilliant bit of kit which she uses regularly in her job as an environment consultant.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Caroline W on 16 Aug 2010
I was bought (at my request) this Gps as a birthday present in July from Amazon to take with me whilst walking with the Ramblers. I have a Garmin forerunner 301 which has worked very satisfactorily for many years, a Garmin Nuvi for the car and my partner has 3 Garmin Gps's for the small plane he flies so I thought I would be very safe with this purchase.

However straight away I realised I had been bought the version without the map and this was an additional £199 for the Uk basemap. Ridiculous! It is really very limited without it - a black line on a blank page. I had been carrying my 301 to get the mileage we had walked and wanted to have this measure it instead. Another mistake. Immediately I was getting readings much less - by 10% at least - than my 301 and indeed other walkers with Gps's. So I phoned Garmin as I could not work it out and they admit they have a problem with this model as it is not sensitive enough when you are walking very slowly (such as going over stiles etc. I guess) and it doesn't record that distance. They hope to have a software upgrade at some time but couldn't tell me when. I then couldn't work out how to use the map on my pc to work out routes and after writing to them to find out how, apparently you can't do that either. And to top it all, I walked for 2 days last week with an overnight stop and the batteries ran out of power halfway through the second day. So I now have to carry spare sets of very expensive rechargeable batteries or the very bulky recharger in my rucksack.

If I had not been bought this as a present and then bought the map I would return it as it as not fit for purpose and totally overpriced for what it can do. Be warned.Garmin Oregon 550 GPS System
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