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Original question: Jul 24, 2010, 10:47pm
What are the differences between the Garmin 62S vs 62ST?, Michael, Vancouver What is the difference between buying the 62S with the Canada Topo Map DVD and the 62ST, aside from the price? The 62S appear to have a 1.7G memory vs the 500mb memory for the 62ST version. Does that mean the 62S is more flexible? Lastly how big the SD card can you use for the 62?
Reply #1: Jul 26, 2010, 8:58am The 62ST is preloaded with older Topo software so it is better to buy the maps separately on DVD. You can not use the preloaded maps on other units or your PC.
Reply #2: Jul 26, 2010, 9:29am One undocumented difference is that the 62ST has 4GB of internal flash memory versus 2GB for the 62S. The space is mostly taken up by the preloaded maps, hence the appearance of less memory than the 62S. One option is to take out the preloaded maps and free up the space for something else.
Reply #3: Jul 26, 2010, 3:45pm For the price difference it would be cheaper just to buy a blank 4Gb or 8Gb card to put in the unit. Erasing the internal maps would not be the best idea because you paid for them and once they are deleted they will not come back unless properly backed up.
Reply #4: Jul 26, 2010, 3:51pm Hello Michael,
Please note that the 62 base model will not accept additional data cards so the 1.7gb is your only source for adding new mapping to the unit.
Hope this helps!
Reply #5: Jul 26, 2010, 6:16pm Hi Mike,
The specification for all 62xx gps do accept Micro SD Card. I am interested in the 62s or 62st. Can you confirm if the 62s will accept Micro SD card?
Another option is to purchase the 62st with US topo map and purchase the canada top dvd separately since I hike mainly in Canada and an updated map would be more useful. What do you think?
Reply #6: Jul 26, 2010, 7:36pm Jesse, why are the preloaded map older than the current topo v4? Is this a documented fact? Hard to believe Garmin would load their top of the line unit with dated maps.
Reply #7: Jul 27, 2010, 7:53am Hello Jaber,
We know this from turning units on and evaluating them. There should be no difference with the new GPSMap 62ST because it will have the same limitations as other similar models. If you check the map menu of the Oregon 450TC the version is listed as V2.
This could be because the entire Garmin Topo Canada V4 takes over 5 Gb of space (almost 6GB). The max map size a Garmin GPS unit can use is 4Gb. The older map set was just over 3 Gb.
Even if it was the same version of map it is still better to get the data on DVD so you can use it on your PC also. The topo DVD is not locked so if you have to replace your Garmin GPS unit you can use it with your replacement.
*** Most of the Topo data has not changed between the versions just the street data and some other features. The older mapset will work fine for most people. ***
Unfortunately Garmin doesn't document what version comes in the unit.
Reply #8: Jul 27, 2010, 8:10am Hi Jesse,
I am on your side in buying the 62s with separate v4 Canada topo DVD. You mentioned Garmin handles up to 4Gb and the entire DVD content has 5Gb of data. Does that mean you will need to download a partial map from the DVD up to 4Gb? If you purchase say a larger Micro SD card, will you be able to download from two separate maps sources and create 2 files each smaller than 4Gb for the Gps to choose from?
Reply #9: Jul 27, 2010, 10:00am Thanks Jesse for your honest and unbiased advice (by the higher price of the 62ST). I will order the 62S. You guys are the best!!
Reply #10: Jul 27, 2010, 1:11pm Thank you Jaber
I suggest to all my customers, just load the areas they need. If you don't go to the territories then you can save some space by not loading that area. If you ever decide to go you can always load the area from your PC/MAC.
I have heard you can create two different map files but have not tried it yet, so I am unsure if it is really possible. If I understand it correctly once you load the first map you go into the unit and change its name then reload the next map. If anyone has tried it and gets it to work I would love to know.
Reply #11: Jul 27, 2010, 4:58pm Thanks Jesse.
I ordered yet another gps (62s) from you guys with the topo map this morning. But the HST hurts.
Reply #12: Jul 28, 2010, 6:55am Hello Michael,
Thank you for the order. I wish that we didn't have to charge it.
Reply #13: Jul 31, 2010, 8:06am Hello Jesse:
I've got the unit and map. However I am not sure how to load the topo map onto the micro sd card. Can you please point me to the right link or let me know how? Also I can't seem to plan or find hiking trails from the map!
Reply #14: Aug 3, 2010, 10:25am Hello Michael,
While using Garmins Basecamp plug in your 62s unit, when dropping your mapping information it should prompt you to choose either the unit or external memory. Here is a link to a few instructional videos
/garmin-topographic-canada-dvd-with-basecamp-videos.html . Also when using Basecamp not all trails will be mapped , but to view existing ones make sure your detail is on high and that you are zoomed in accordingly.
Hope This Helps!
Reply #15: Dec 6, 2010, 5:33pm Just placed an order for the 62st, read the above, cancelled the order.
My question now is: can the built-in maps in the 62st be updated after purchase?
Reply #16: Dec 6, 2010, 5:38pm Second question:
I had also ordered the City navigator card. If I get the 62s + DVD and load the topo maps to an SD card, will I have to keep switching the two cards? Or can I put bot on one card? (I realise this is similar/identail to a previous question, but I just want to be sure :-)
Reply #17: Dec 7, 2010, 8:30am Hello Frank,
You can put both on the same card. You must load both at the same time using map install.
Reply #18: Dec 7, 2010, 4:54pm Thank you! OK, so I can:
- get a 62s with no built-in topo
- put the topo + City Navigator (+ Ontario Backroads?) on a single SD card
- use these maps interchangeably
- and the original question: if I buy the 62st, can I upgrade the built-in topo map? or is getting the 62s the better/only choice?
Reply #19: Dec 8, 2010, 8:41am Hello Frank,
You can put the topo and the City Navigator on one card if you use Garmin Map Install that comes with. You can also load the maps to the internal memory. We dont recommend the built in mapping because it is not up to date, that is why they can fit all of Canada in a GPS. The new software you can only fit half.
* You can not upgrade Topo maps in the unit or on the PC.
I dont know if the Ontario Backroads maps is compatible with the new Garmin map format used in the GPSMap 62S. You will need to contact them for info on their software.
Reply #20: Dec 8, 2010, 8:07pm You are right, just send a map to unit or SD card and rename gmapsup.img for a most convenient name ( ex:topo or road etc.), send another map and rename it.After you can load any of theses maps in different profile.
Reply #21: Dec 9, 2010, 6:53am hi Jesse, I'm looking at buying a gps and never used one before. I live in Halifax nova scotia and would use the gps in nova scotia. I hunt and atv,so I would like to be able to trace atv trails that my buddies take me on so I can use them by myself and not get lost, I would also like the gps to show the lakes and include thier names.Would you suggest the garmin 62s or a different model
Reply #22: Dec 10, 2010, 8:40am Hello Joey,
Any mapping Garmin handheld will do. The 62S being the cream of the crop. Don't forget Topo maps and marine maps for your adventures. The Oregon 450 is another suggestion. The touch screen on the Oregon 450 makes map navigation very easy.
Reply #23: Dec 11, 2010, 4:40am Hi Jesse thks for getting back to me and I will check out the Oregon 450 also
Reply #24: Dec 16, 2010, 5:35pm has anyone used the birds eye view mapping in canadas
Reply #25: Dec 17, 2010, 8:14am Hello,
We have tested out birdseye and it is a excellent service, it works great for areas that are lacking programmed map coverage.
Hope this helps!
Reply #26: Dec 26, 2010, 8:01pm I have a new question:
Since the 62s and 62st both have internal memory and micro sd expansion slots, could one, for example, have TOPO on the internal memory and City Navigator on the sd card and switch between the two maps without any hassle?
Reply #27: Dec 28, 2010, 10:35am Hi Tristan - Yes, you could definitely orchestrate something like that. I'd recommend either:
1. Use a 62ST (preloaded with Topo) and use the SD slot for City Navigator, or
2. Use a 62S with one SD card devoted to topo maps, another for City Navigator.
The unit also has a 1.7GB internal memory so that is available for mapping as well, but an additional 4GB card is only about $10 right now.
Good question! Please let us know if you have any others.
Reply #28: Dec 30, 2010, 6:57am what is the size please of the FREE and available internal memory for maps on the 62S?
I previously had loaded a 1.5GB map in the internal memory- Now I have deleted it and wanted to replace it with an other but unit says 'insufficine space".
Under my computer it says only about 85GB used in real terms but there must be hidden files????? as right click the 62S under USB mode show 1.7 GB used?????????
why could I place a gmapsupp image there before and not now???? any clues please help (it's my hubby's gps and he's going to go crazy if I've broken it... :0( )
Reply #29: Dec 30, 2010, 7:46am Hello Jackline,
The GPS has about 1.7Gb internal memory in the 62S. How are you loading maps? It doesn't sound like you are using the Garmin MapInstall program.
I would try loading a very small area with Garmin MapInstall. Then choose a larger area but smaller than 1.5Gb in size. When you load a new map it erases the old one. If there are any unseen files it should delete them also. That may fix the problem you are noticing.
*** Please start a new post for new Topics ***
Reply #30: Jul 5, 2012, 9:42am Hi Jessie,
You didn't come back with an answer for number 20, we live in BC and I too am interested in BC backroad maps....did you find out whether they are compatable for the 62s??
Reply #31: Jul 5, 2012, 11:21am You should not copy any other maps to the Backroads card. It would be best to load the other maps on a blank card or the internal memory of the GPS unit. If you buy the DVD you can load multiple maps to one card but the backroads will be locked to that one unit.
Reply #32: Mar 9, 2013, 12:40am Garmins web site says 3.5GB for Built in Memory for the 62st and on this site its 500mb?? what am i missing here??
Reply #33: Mar 11, 2013, 8:02am The T models have maps on them so the majority of the memory is not accessible without losing your maps.
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