Garmin eTrex 30 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
eTrex 30; USB cable; Owner's manual
Top Customer Reviews
The eTrex 30 is a hand held GPS device which may be used by walker/trekkers, drivers, cyclists and on board boats.
I am an avid walker and walk routes that I have either found in books or downloaded from the internet. However, I have found on many occasions that instructions and maps found in this way are not always accurate or may be a little vague. Nothing is worse during a walk than getting lost or simply not knowing where you are. I wanted a device that could assist me during my walks and to enable me to ensure my walk is more enjoyable. Additionally, I wanted to know exactly where I had been, how far I had walked and other statistical information. I also saw on walking web sites that you could download GPX files: I assumed these were walking routes that you could load onto the eTrex but wasn't really sure. Geocaching interested me also.
I looked at the Garmin web site and quite frankly it didn't really help me. Also, I couldn't find anything elsewhere on the internet that would give me a good overview of what the eTrex 30 did, and how it did it. I thought the eTrex was what I wanted but wasn't quite sure. However, I took a gamble and bought the eTrex 30 and I couldn't be happier!
This document provides a general overview of what the eTrex 30 actually does for walker/trekkers and how it does it.
The eTrex 30 at a glance:
1. Tracks and records your route - you can save this and download to your computer. It is saved as a GPX file.
2. You can view your walked route on a map. This is constantly updated as you are walking.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wife bought me one for Xmas. Really don't understand the bad reviews. Had it over a year now and it hasn't let me down. An absolutely amazing bit of kit. Read morePublished 11 months ago by paul
This is the second handheld GPS from Garmin that I've owned. The first, an original eTrex, is now 10 years old, still functioning correctly but does not have a mapping... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Crawley
Excellent product as described still finding out how to use the different functions.Published 17 months ago by mo
Nice item, works really well sometimes even inside buildings!Published 19 months ago by M J Mathieson
Not once did this GPS fail me. I did a 210 mile hike and every single mile was accounted for and only got lost once, but that was my own fault. Read morePublished 21 months ago by zane
I have owned a number of Gramin GPS units and this is the worst I have owned by far. When using OS maps the screen takes ages to refresh making it almost impossible to use. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Richard A.