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Old November 24th, 2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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looking for opinions I like the idea of the built in camera on the 550, any input
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Old November 25th, 2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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I've wanted one for awhile, as I take tons of pictures while out geocaching with my GPS (and I hear that they can geotag the pictures that they take...ghost the gps coordinates into the pictures). But it is hard to justify another GPS purchase after I bought my Colorado 400t. Everybody I know who geocaches with one loves it.
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I love my Oregon 400t. The Colorado and the Oregon and very similar in what they can do, but the Oregon is just easier to use with the touch screen. The 550 only adds a camera. Personally, I have a small point and shoot that takes much better photos than the 3 mp camera on the 550 does so I don't really see a point. Kind of cool, but those aren't the pictures you will print out and hang on the wall either.

I have purchased Garmins City Navigator software that does turn by turn directions. The maps are also much more detailed than the base topo maps that come on it are. I also downloaded some free 24k topo maps from the internet and there really isn't anything my Oregon won't do that I ask of it.
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I love my Oregon 400t. The Colorado and the Oregon and very similar in what they can do, but the Oregon is just easier to use with the touch screen. The 550 only adds a camera. Personally, I have a small point and shoot that takes much better photos than the 3 mp camera on the 550 does so I don't really see a point. Kind of cool, but those aren't the pictures you will print out and hang on the wall either.

I have purchased Garmins City Navigator software that does turn by turn directions. The maps are also much more detailed than the base topo maps that come on it are. I also downloaded some free 24k topo maps from the internet and there really isn't anything my Oregon won't do that I ask of it.
yeah Im kinda thinking you are right. You can purchase 10 megapixel cams for 100 bucks.
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yeah Im kinda thinking you are right. You can purchase 10 megapixel cams for 100 bucks.
Yup. The best part about the camera on the 550 is the geotagging. If you use some of the online programs where you can post your tracks and then photos you took along the way, the 550s camera makes it much simpler because the photos will be automatically placed where they belong, but that isn't something I care about.

Other than the camera, the 400 will do everything the 550 will and save you about $150.
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I just got a Garmin origon 200 at gandermountain $ 220 with ext warranty plus got $40 in gander dollars. It doesn't have camera but very nice.
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i looked at that but it doesnt have wireless transfer which seems like it might be nice.
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I have never used the wireless transfer, but maybe someday. I believe the 200 has less memory too. I think the 300,400, and 550 all have the same hardware though so a guy could likely buy a 300 for a little less than the 400 if you plan to install your own topo and street maps anyway.
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Hmmm. Might have to look into an Oregon.

Oz, did that Magellan you used to use crap out?
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Hmmm. Might have to look into an Oregon.

Oz, did that Magellan you used to use crap out?
No, it WAS still fully functional, then it disappeared. Last time I recall seeing it it was in my center console in the St. Helen area. Somehow, it either managed to fall out while wheeling (no top or doors), or more likely a passenger decided they needed it more than I. I haven't invited that person anywhere or even talked to them since, but I have no proof. Ugh.

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If I were you, I'd go for the Oregon. It is a great, easy to use, GPS.

For those of you that have talked about the Colorado, buy the Oregon. The Colorado is a nice unit and very similar to the Oregon, but the Oregon is so much easier to use.

If I had it to do all over again, I would likely buy a Oregon 300 (easy to find for $300). Take the $100 saved over the 400t and buy Garmins City Navigator software and then download free topo from gpsfiledepot.com.
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No, it WAS still fully functional, then it disappeared. Last time I recall seeing it it was in my center console in the St. Helen area. Somehow, it either managed to fall out while wheeling (no top or doors), or more likely a passenger decided they needed it more than I. I haven't invited that person anywhere or even talked to them since, but I have no proof. Ugh.

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If I were you, I'd go for the Oregon. It is a great, easy to use, GPS.

For those of you that have talked about the Colorado, buy the Oregon. The Colorado is a nice unit and very similar to the Oregon, but the Oregon is so much easier to use.

If I had it to do all over again, I would likely buy a Oregon 300 (easy to find for $300). Take the $100 saved over the 400t and buy Garmins City Navigator software and then download free topo from gpsfiledepot.com.
I thought you had a Magellan before. I got a Crossover but it died. They don't repair them but they will credit me towards another Magellan (doesn't have to be a Crossover). I would like to find one that will map decent or I could just get a street one and ive it to the wife to use. I know I would like a bigger screen. The eyes just aren't as good anymore when you hit those magical 40s.
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I thought you had a Magellan before. I got a Crossover but it died. They don't repair them but they will credit me towards another Magellan (doesn't have to be a Crossover). I would like to find one that will map decent or I could just get a street one and ive it to the wife to use. I know I would like a bigger screen. The eyes just aren't as good anymore when you hit those magical 40s.
I don't remember which model I had exactly, but it was the same family as the Crossover. The difference was the software. When I updated the maps, there was a free upgrade to make it a Crossover. So, mine was a Crossover without the green case. Wasn't a bad unit, but it sucked for mapping. A Garmin is the way to go!

If the Crossover screen was too small, then prepare to pay some big bucks for one of the bigscreen ones. lol. I still have 11 years before I hit my magical 40s!
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The handheld screens tend to be kinda small. I have a Garmin Etrex Legend I use. I would love a Lowrance Baja 540 but those are $$. There is one in the Roadmate series I saw that didn't look bad its just calling there and trying to get answers. I can't understand the phone help most of the time.
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The Oregon and the Colorado both have larger screens than the Etrex. They are much easier to see.
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I was back and forth on both the Colorado and Oregon. I do a lot of hiking and foraging and worried a touch screen may not take the abuse or would constantly be bumped and change modes. Im happy with the Colorado 400T. Touch is cool and the Camera would be handy.
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