Were you waiting for the next best thing in marine technology? Well Garmin has something they want to share with you! Available Q1 2013, the all new GPSMAP 500 and 700 series are some of the most innovative, On The Water products, Garmin has announced in recent years. They have taken the best of the previous models and added in suggestions from their customers, creating a line of intuitive, interactive marine products.
High-performance. High-sensitivity. Highly accurate. These are all characteristics of the built-in GPS receiver that sends updated position, velocity and time data 10 times per second. Marking and navigating to waypoints has never been so smooth and consistent as with this revolutionary 10Hz GPS.
One of the latest advancements in recreational GPS is the software-based GPS receivers. Simply put, Garmin can write code to upgrade the receiver at any time. When new satellite constellations (like Galileo) are up and running, GPS units with this type of receiver can be updated to gain access to the satellite data. The GPSMAP 500 and 700 models join the Etrex 10, 20 and 30 units with this capability. Currently, these models will receive signals from the Russian GLONASS, Japan's QZSS and North America's GPS systems.
In addition to all of these technical enhancements, these new chartplotters are bluetooth enabled and have a sleek new design with large, vibrant touchscreens. The ability to pinch-and-zoom will be offered on the GPSMAP 700's and an auto-dimming feature is available on both lines. Wirelessly pair with a compatible portable device to access and control your media player via the GPSMAP 500 or 700 series. Connect via WiFi to your Apple smartphone or tablet to use the Bluechart Mobile app to plan, view and transfer routes to your chartplotter with Garmin' WiFi adapter.
The combo models will include a powerful 1kW capable sonar for target tracking and a 600W CHIRP (compressed high-intensity radar pulse) transducer. The CHIRP ultrasound pulse is longer than that of traditional transducers and crosses a wider range of frequencies. This increase in pulse power results in clearer images in deeper water and at higher speeds.