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    The new Garmin Dakota 20 looks to be a very nice unit. It is lighter and much smaller than the 60CSx and it claims to have longer battery life. It supports 200 saved tracks, compared to only 20 for other Garmin handheld units! That's a feature I have been wishing for. Some say it's intended to replace the eTrex.

    Garmin Dakota 20: Garmin product page | Owner's manual | How-to videos

    Dakota reviews: GPSFix review | Equipped review | GPSTracklog review | GPSInformation review

    Custom maps: GPSFix | Garmin | Free and Easy | Five Easy Steps | Garmin forum

    Garmin software: Unit software | WebUpdater | BaseCamp | Communicator




    Map overlay "plug-in" for Google Earth
    Wikispaces message board
    Imagery sources for Garmin custom maps
    Tools for making Garmin custom maps
    Bryan

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    Re: Garmin Dakota 20

    My opinion as a long distance Great Wall walker:

    - battery consumption too high, need a third more batteries to carry
    - bas visibility of the display compared to the non-touchscreen models
    - at least unclear how good the usability of touchscreen and on-screen-menues work, I have bad expectations
    - unclear how shock-proof the display is

    Since I need a GPS for at least finding the walls in desert and hilly landscape and sometimes to find the next water resupply location the ruggedness of my GPS device is crucial. I need a working set and not a trendstyle tool. I will go for the (in my opinion) best choice Garmin again, the Etrex Vista HCx. I just bought one for OutOfNowhere who will start for the desert sections in about three weeks. The Vista HCx is still the best pick for these purposes.


    -chinoook
    chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
    chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
    chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

    The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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    • #3
      Re: Garmin Dakota 20

      I am very happy to have learned that the software Touratech QV I use for handling maps (calibrating, printing, ...) now supports the export of Garmin (Oregon, Dakota) bitmaps.
      It also has a very good interface to GE so it is the ideal tool for me.
      Maybe this (and the recently reduced prices for the Garmins) will force me to replace my Vista Cx by one of those, very probably one with the larger display. I will also be forced to carry a fifth more weight :/.


      -chinoook
      chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
      chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
      chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

      The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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      • #4
        BirdsEye Satellite Imagery

        BirdsEye Satellite Imagery -- Quickly transfer an unlimited amount of high-resolution sub-meter color satellite imagery to your Garmin device and seamlessly integrate those images into your handheld’s maps whenever you need them.

        Press release

        Requires firmware version 2.80.

        I haven't tried this yet. I am actually not sure if it's available yet.
        Bryan

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        • #5
          Re: BirdsEye Satellite Imagery

          Originally posted by Bryan View Post
          BirdsEye Satellite Imagery -- Quickly transfer an unlimited amount of high-resolution sub-meter color satellite imagery to your Garmin device and seamlessly integrate those images into your handheld’s maps whenever you need them.
          From the Garmin press release:

          "The images are among the most highly-detailed available – offering 0.5 meter per pixel resolution in many areas of the United States."

          So no much use for GW work. If there would be China coverage, if you could use the imagery with a software which would provide the exact coordinates I would pay a _high_ price for it. Since our understanding of the GW still depends on available imagery ...


          -chinoook
          chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
          chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
          chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

          The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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          • #6
            Re: Garmin Dakota 20

            I'd be interested in your views of the Garmin Oregon series versus the Dakota?

            MarkA

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            • #7
              Re: Garmin Dakota 20

              Originally posted by MarkA View Post
              I'd be interested in your views of the Garmin Oregon series versus the Dakota?

              MarkA
              The Oregon has a larger screen but I got the Dakota because it's smaller and lighter weight and has longer battery life. It also has a touch screen and a 3-axis compass.
              Bryan

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              • #8
                Re: Garmin Dakota 20

                Am I the only one that can not get Garmin's MapSource to transfer other than the saved track from the device to the computer?

                EasyGPS transfer everything including waypoints without any problem

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                • #9
                  Re: Garmin Dakota 20

                  Originally posted by Kim View Post
                  Am I the only one that can not get Garmin's MapSource to transfer other than the saved track from the device to the computer?

                  EasyGPS transfer everything including waypoints without any problem
                  I don't bother with MapSource. I just copy the GPX files from the Garmin\GPX folder. There will be a separate file for waypoints. The GPX files can be opened directly in Google Earth.
                  Bryan

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                  • #10
                    Re: Garmin Dakota 20

                    Originally posted by Bryan View Post
                    I don't bother with MapSource. I just copy the GPX files from the Garmin\GPX folder. There will be a separate file for waypoints. The GPX files can be opened directly in Google Earth.
                    I've been satisfied with MapSource so far, but from now on I will only use EasyGPS.

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