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Garmin Oregon 550T Handheld GPS System

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  • 3.2 megapixel auto-focus digital camera with automatic geotagging
  • 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter
  • High speed USB for faster map and photo transfers with your computer
  • Improved 3-inch sunlight-readable colour touchscreen display
  • 850MB of internal memory for map data and photos

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: 16.3 x 16.3 x 8.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 010-00697-18
  • ASIN: B002HWIY0W
  • Date first available at 29 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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

Take Pictures and Save Locations

Oregon 550t'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 landscape or portrait pictures, and 850 MB of internal memory offers ample storage.

Oregon 550t: Geotag photographs <
Oregon 550t: Geotag photographs

Touch and Go

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

Get Your Bearings

Oregon 550t 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 550t locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and urban landscapes.

Explore Backcountry in 3-D

Oregon 550t's preloaded Europe Recreation Map, 3-D map view and built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief give you all the tools for serious climbing or hiking. Map detail is simple and easy to read, and includes terrain contours at 100m (328ft) intervals, land use information, rivers, lakes and street-level detail for 29 countries across Europe. The European preloaded map corresponds to an approximate detail of a 1:100,000 scale map. And, just in case you’re wondering how steep that hill really is, Oregon’s 3-D map view helps you visualise your surroundings, giving you a better perspective of the elevation.

Add Maps

Conveniently plug in optional preloaded microSD cards for all your outdoor activities, whether you are walking, driving or on the water.

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

>Oregon 550t: Navigate with Ordnance Survey mapping
Oregon 550t: Navigate with Ordnance Survey mapping

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

Go Geocaching

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

Share Wirelessly

With Oregon 550t, you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other Oregon and Colorado 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.

Oregon 550t: Plan And View Your Route
Oregon 550t: Plan And View Your Route

Share Your Adventure

Use Garmin’s free online planning tool, BaseCamp, to prepare for your next trip. You can view maps, plan routes, and mark waypoints and tracks from your computer and then transfer them to your device.

When your adventure is done, go to Garmin Adventures online to swap your stories with a community of fellow explorers, brag to your buddies about your travels, or let friends and family find your favourite spots.

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Mr on 6 May 2010
I don't often review stuff I buy...

But in this particular case, I felt so strongly about this product that I felt I had to say something.
I wanted to wait until I had actually used it in the great outdoors before writing this review so I felt I would be able to give a valid critique.

My reasons for buying this top-of-the-Garmin-range Oregon was mainly because of the included European topo maps and the intergrated camera which is useful for geotagging photos which can be uploaded to Picasa. Also for paperless geocaching.

The product arrived on time and I removed the rugged, sturdy unit from the box. It felt good in my hands and once I had inserted the batteries, reassuringly weighty. I switched the unit on and cycled through the lovely, colourful screens. The sreens are fairly intuitive, but I suppose it helps that I have two other Garmin products: The incredible Garmin 60csx and a Vista etrex Cx.

The problems began when I thought I'd go out into the back garden and mark my position as a waypoint and to generally see how the unit looks and operates outside, where it's supposed to be used, right...? Wrong! It was a sunny day and I found the unit virtually impossible to read without tilting the unit this-way-and-that to try to read the screen.

Okay, I have used this device on some walks in Snowdonia and other parts of Wales. I have just got back from a walking holiday in Majorca where we walked in the mountains every day for a week. I loaded the Oregon with several tracks (from the Walk! range of books) before leaving the UK and we used the GPS to guide our way, which it was very good at...if you tilted the unit so you could see the screen.

I cannot tell you just how incredibly bad this display is.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Hughes on 11 May 2010
I bought one of these to replace an older Garmin model.
The colour screen and OS mapping features were the attraction. However, OS mapping is an afterthought added extra with Garmin. They are bought as an extra, and the whole device is based around traditional GPS systems.
Consequently, the user interface is clonky, slow and not at all user friendly or intuitive.
I never used it as it just didn't work as I wanted, so I bought the Satmap system instead, which certainly for UK users who are used to the OS maps, is superb.
The Satmap System was designed from the outset for OS maps, bigger screen, longer battery life, miles easier to use. OK it hasn't got the camera of the Garmin, but that is simply not a reason to buy a GPS system anyway.
Sorry Garmin, there are better systems elsewhere.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By TonyR on 20 Jan 2010
I've had this GPS for a month now, and I'm still struggling to get it to do what I want. For what its worth, I do understand GPS - and have sets in car and boat - but I still can't get my head round the features on this. The whole system seems counter- intuitive, and the instruction manuals are (and this is being generous) worse than useless - the on line guide is appalling. It has lots of unusual features, which presumably work well, but they seem to have forgotten the basic functions - and I don't really care about hunting and fishing information!

It isn't quick to pick up the satellites, and seems to need a significant constellation before functioning - it doesn't, for example, work where the one in my car does.

If you're going to use a GPS for anything more serious than a gentle wander, then don't forget you'll be into at least another £100 to buy the relevant mapping chips.

All in all, I'm not sure its worth the money.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John F. Burton on 9 Nov 2009
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This is a top-end piece of hand-held GPS equipment. I've found that it takes a bit of learning, but that it is effective. This model comes with a preloaded map. I have downloaded an OS 1" inch map of Southern England, at extra expense.

Pluses so far are accurate and fast acquiring GPS position; ability to see one's position and route overlaid on a map; a surprisingly effective camera; nice to handle and use; reassuringly rugged and able to take out in wet weather; interfaces to a PC with Memory-Map or similar software for downloading of waypoints and routes.

My only niggle so far is that the compass appears indecisive when not moving. It may be that I've not got the hang of it.

I would recommend this to anyone after a powerful GPS hand-held. It is reassuring to have it to hand when tackling new walks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ryde on 7 Nov 2011
I use my GPS for only 2 activities; Walking and Cycling. With the Custom map option I can download my own mapping to the unit. For this very reason (and its 16+ hour battery life on a set of fresh batteries) I like this device. However, I've heard constant complaints from users who use it for other activities/and or use more of its other functions. Though I only use the map screen and the trip computer screens (which don't cause me any issues), the software upgrades often are buggy causing the other users problems. Picking up the EGNOS satellites is a bit of a hit-and-miss affair, but I'm not sure if that's a geographical problem or the fact that Garmin chose not to use the well-liked and reliable SiRF GPS chip? Having said that, I did notice my old 60CSx (uses SiRF) held a better differential GPS signal than the Oregon. Either way, I often get 3 - 5 meter accuracy out on the country, which is easily good enough for my activities. Construction is excellent and its IPX7 waterproofed. Its a good unit, but do look around.
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