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Garmin eTrex 30 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

by Garmin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • 2.2-inch, colour display that’s easy to read in any lighting situation
  • Durable and waterproof, eTrex® 30 is built to withstand the elements
  • 3-axis tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter
  • Supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit.
  • High-sensitivity, EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction to locate your position quickly
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.2 x 5.3 cm ; 141 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00970-20
  • ASIN: B00542NVS2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,096 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Garmin eTrex 30 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

eTrex 30 takes one of the most popular and reliable GPS handhelds and makes it better. Enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and expanded mapping capabilities makes eTrex more versatile and user-friendly, while maintaining its toughness and durability.

See The Way

eTrex 30 has an enhanced 2.2 in 65K colour, brilliant, sunlight-readable display. Durable and waterproof, eTrex 30 is built to withstand the elements. It has an upgraded interface and stands strong against the elements – be it dust, dirt, humidity or water, none of which are a match for this versatile navigator.

The Right Tools for your Adventure

eTrex 30 adds a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you're standing still, without holding it level. Also added is a barometric altimeter which tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you even can use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

Garmin eTrex 30: Get precise altitude readings
Garmin eTrex 30: Get precise altitude readings

Get the Mapping You Want

With its microSD™ card slot and 1.7 GB of internal memory, eTrex 30 lets you load our range of Ordnance Survey maps such as Garmin GB Discoverer™ and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT® map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). eTrex 30 also supports BirdsEye™ Select map download service that lets you download premium raster maps to your device and integrate them with your existing maps.

Garmin eTrex 30: Navigate with Ordnance Survey Mapping
Garmin eTrex 30: Navigate with Ordnance Survey Mapping

Find Fun

eTrex 30 supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. Visit OpenCaching.com to start your geocaching adventure. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. eTrex 30 stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs. Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches.

Share Wirelessly

eTrex 30 lets you share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS devices. So now your friends also can enjoy your favorite hike or cache – simply press "send" to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin.

Keep Your Fix

With its high-sensitivity, EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, eTrex locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons.

Go Anywhere

With an array of compatible mounts, eTrex 30 can be used on your bicycle, boat, in your car or motorbike and off-road vehicle. You even get turn-by-turn directions with the auto mount and City Navigator® NT maps. Wherever you think you might take eTrex, it has the mapping and mounts to get you there.

Go Global

The new eTrex series is the first-ever consumer-grade receivers that can track both GPS and GLONASS satellites simultaneously. GLONASS is a system developed by the Russian Federation that will be fully operational in 2012. When using GLONASS satellites, the time it takes for the receiver to "lock on" to a position is (on average) approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS. And when using both GPS and GLONASS, the receiver has the ability to lock on to 24 more satellites than using GPS alone.

Box Contains

eTrex 30; USB cable; Owner's manual

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
141 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Stars is so wrong 16 Mar 2012
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The 2 star review is so wrong - the reviewer obviously did not check out first what he was actually buying.

The eTrex 30 is a very sophisticated piece of kit - incredibly quick to locate your position and very accurate (it can tell if you are on one side of a road or the other and the isosceles triangle icon on the screen not only shows your location but also the direction you are facing). The features and menu options are also very intuitive and the buttons and "toggle / joy-stick" are very easy to operate - you can do eveything with your thumb, even when wearing mits.
The features such as the "trip meter" are brilliant (even tells you how long to sunset) and loading routes to and from your computer is a doddle.It has a three dimensional compass that very few GPS have - which means it works even when you are standing still (this is the only difference from the slightly cheaper eTrex 20). The altimeter is also very accurate. Phone apps are no-way comparable to what this piece of kit can do (also, using your phone as a GPS will run the battery down very quickly).

Two AA batteries do last the 25 hours advertised - Iam getting three days walking out of them.

I bought it so that I could download 1:2500 maps of specific areas as I need them. Two problems with this: 1) It works out very expensive (e,g. Lake District = £100) and 2) as the 2* reviewer says the "base map" on "BirdsEye" is so poor that you can not accurately identify the area that you you are purchasing - which means that you can make expensive mistakes. This is a pity as the "purchase only what you need" feature is supposed to be a big selling point - I have been told that my email complaining about this has been passed on to the boffins at Garmin.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Garmin Etrex 30 24 Jun 2012
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I have bought Garmin units for years, both in car and handheld units like this.
The new Etrex is a very nice unit. The display is better than the old Etrex, battery life is better and overall its smaller. The menu system is different and takes a few extra clicks to get to the screen you want, but overall it is a worthy upgrade from my Vista CX.
The only thing I don't like is that the joystick is now the other side of the screen, making left handed / left thumbed operation difficult. You either cover the screen when using the joystick or learn to use it in your right hand.

Now, all Garmins in-car units have superb mapping, far better than the competition. So, why are the base maps supplied in handheld units such utter rubbish? Unless you are happy walking looking at a blank screen, you are going have to dig deep in your pockets and buy some sort of mapping to install.

You have a choice. Birds Eye maps look a great idea, but the area you get for £20 or so is tiny. 600SqKm sounds big, but it isn't. And, be very careful when you do order Birds Eye maps because if you don't download and buy exactly what you want first time, your stuck with it. I know! They are also quite poor to look at on screen. Not nice and sharp, but a bit blurry. I kept expecting the image to snap into focus, but it doesn't.
Then you have Garmins TOPO maps, which are good, but expensive and the Discoverer range is again good, but expensive.

But, there is another option. OpenStreetMap. Its free, routable, and is similar to Garmins TOPO maps. Search for them and download one to a micro sd card. I have the whole of GB on a 2gb card.

So, now there is no excuse not to get a nice shiny garmin handheld and when you do, you won't be stuck with inferior built in maps or expensive add ons.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great GPS. Appalling map. 11 Oct 2013
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I bought an eTrex 30 after my venerable Garmin GPS 12XL was stolen and I needed a replacement. The eTrex 30 is a good, well designed machine and is pretty much ideal for its intended purpose which is mainly for walking and outdoor pursuits. I would also say that it is suitable for normal military use. It is a handy size, tough, waterproof, and has a great display which is readable in all pretty much all lighting conditions, even in bright sunlight. It is very accurate being able to use both GPS and GLONASS satellite systems. It finds satellites quickly and is ready to navigate within 30 seconds to a minute of being switched on. Battery life is good and the built-in software fit for purpose, although it takes a few hours of playing with it to become familiar. Regular Garmin software updates are easily installed using a PC with USB connection and the Garmin software obtainable from their web site.

There is a built-in compass although a lot of users seem to have had problems with it. As supplied, my unit did not calibrate properly and my attempts to recalibrate were met with a "fail" message. Even so, the compass still worked and was reasonably accurate when checked against my Francis Barker M73 prismatic compass (which does not lie). Recent software updates have eradicated the calibration failure although I have yet to test the durability of the compass over an extended period. In fact, I may never do so. Whilst it is nice to have a compass available on the GPS, the compass is not its main function and with a Francis Barker compass available (or any other decent compass) , why would I rely upon a battery-driven electronic device which may or may not be accurate? Any serious military user, walker or out-door type will always have a good compass with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decent Bit of Kit.
Got this for the other half, says he loves it & it's a decent bit of kit ;-) For the keen biker that wants to track /create cycling paths to venture out further with the assurance... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant compared to my old Etrex Summit model. Highly recommended
Published 7 days ago by andyd
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Absolute s***. Doesn't work. Took company 3 weeks to get back to me and still not resolved issues.
Published 8 days ago by David Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better!
I've now had two years of using this eTrex 30 and it is indeed very accurate in positioning, works well under tree cover, records my tracks very well, battery life is good etc. Read more
Published 16 days ago by C. C. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I went ahead and purchased one anyway and have not been disappointed....
As a complete novice I read a lot of reviews on the eTrex 30 before buying. I noted the remarks from quite a few people that the compass was hard to calibrate and didn't work very... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Colin Futrill
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Published 23 days ago by Vaz
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive disappointment. Avoid.
Disappointed immediately upon opening due to the miniscule size of the unit, as small as a large pager. The maps shown are not on it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by emba
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect even for a map enthusiast
Never has a gadget provided so much enjoyment. I bought this for my partner who is a bit of a map geek. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Manda K. Stone
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Published 1 month ago by Alan Priest
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky Software
I've given this one star & that's being generous - I had to return this to Amazon. After updating to the latest firmware online, the eTrex 30 would not boot up at all. Read more
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