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GARMIN GPSMAP® 78 Handheld GPS

Model # 11553583Mfg # 010-00864-00

$199.99

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Product Description

Geocaching-friendly handheld GPS with wireless data sharing

For boaters and watersports enthusiasts who want to run with the best, the rugged GPSMAP 78 features crisp color mapping, high-sensitivity receiver, new molded rubber side grips, plus a microSD™ card slot for loading additional maps. And it floats!

Explore: GPSMAP 78 comes with built-in worldwide basemap, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. And, like the rest of the 78-series, the 78 is IPX7 waterproof and even floats in water.

Keep Your Fix: With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix™ satellite prediction, GPSMAP 78 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on GPSMAP 78 to help you find your way when you need it the most.

Add Maps: Adding more maps is easy with our wide array of detailed marine, topographic and road maps, available on microSD card. Conveniently 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). The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. GPSMAP 78 also supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, the 78 is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.

Get Connected:
You've been busy exploring and now you want to store and analyze your activities. With a simple connection to your computer and to the Internet, you can get a detailed analysis of your activities and send tracks to your outdoor device using Garmin Connect™. This one-stop site offers an activity table and allows you to view your activities on a map using Google™ Earth. Explore other routes uploaded by millions of Garmin Connect users and share your experiences on Twitter® and Facebook®. Getting started is easy, so get out there, explore and share.

Find Fun: GPSMAP 78 supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. GPSMAP 78 stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper printouts. Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 78 is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.

  • Display Type: Transflective 65K color TFT
  • Screen Size: 2.6"diag.
  • Screen Resolution: 160 x 240
  • Included Cartography: Worldwide Basemap
  • Optional Cartography: BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards, City Navigator NT®; Supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required); Compatible with Custom Maps
  • Receiver Type: High-sensitivity
  • Battery Type: 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
  • Battery Life: 20 hours
  • Dimensions: 2 5/8"W x 6"H x 1 3/16"D
  • Weight: 7.7 oz.
  • Waterproof: Rated IPX7 Submersible, and it floats
  • Interfacing: High-speed USB and NMEA 0183. Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
  • Included Equipment: Wrist strap, USB cable, manual
  • Warranty: One year

Specs

GPSMAP® 78 Handheld GPS

Accepts Data Cards Accepts Cards
Application Automobile
Marine
Fishing
Battery Life 20 Hours
Battery Type 2 AA batteries
Dimensions 2.7"W x 6.2"H x 1.2"D
Cartography World Basemap
Display Size 1.4"W x 2.2"H
External Sensors No External Sensors
Functions Turn by turn navigation
Internal GPS Antenna
Custom POIs
Portable
Geocaching
Floating
Interface USB
NMEA 0183
Garmin Connect
Unit-to-unit
SD Card
Warranty 1 Year
Resolution/Color Color - 160 x 240
Weight 7.7 oz
Waterproof IPX7

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld
 
3.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great reception (8)
  • Quick signal (7)
  • Easy to read (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Intuitive menu (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (8)
  • At night (5)
  • Large boats (5)
  • Ocean (5)
  • Wet / rain (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (5), Casual user (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Product good Manual bad

I use the GPS78 when taking the dinghy to places out of sight of our power boat. It also maps out potential anchorage and danger points we might take our trawler. Comparing actual readings...Read complete review

I use the GPS78 when taking the dinghy to places out of sight of our power boat. It also maps out potential anchorage and danger points we might take our trawler. Comparing actual readings using our handheld sonar and nearby tidal stations has been useful. Also using as an independent backup for our main chartplotter has good value. This unit will do all of that plus much more. VERY impressive. However, the manual is totally oblivious of describing how to access these capabilities. There isn't even a word called "tide" in the index of the manual. You have to call Garmin customer service to get the instructions of how to access all the features. It isn't intuitive and extremely frustrating to know those capabilities are there but no help from the manual. I wouldn't be without this unit doing what I do with my boat, but I am very unhappy with Garmin and their lack of effort putting together a manual.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Will be returning the 78 and card purcha

- the on line maual is not helpful. picture of the back saying the card slot it under the batteries, with no picture except for the cover, and no installtion picture. On the...Read complete review

- the on line maual is not helpful. picture of the back saying the card slot it under the batteries, with no picture except for the cover, and no installtion picture. On the garmin site it actually says the G2 is NOT recommended for the 78! (wish I had read that before purchasing!) and the G2 US All & Canadian West Coast HXUS039R chart that west marine recommended looks as if it is a bigger card than the 78 accepts, so worthless. I looked at the map detail of the 78SC that has the chart of US preinstalled and even when set on the best detail, looking at a Sucia Chart in the San Juans didn't include soundings or the rocks off the entrance to Fossil bay, and only a very few soundings inside the bay, which is the only one I bothered to check when we picked up the card we had ordered. but still was hopefull the card would give me the detail I need for chart navigation. Am returning the unit today and will stick to my old 72 that gives me lat/lon and will stick with paper chart navigation.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awkwarduser interface

By Dr Nautilus

from Maine

About Me Casual User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

  • Small Boats

Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

I keep this handheld with me in the cockpit of my sailboat at all times. It aquires GPS signal quickly and the display is easily seen even in bright sunlight. But the user interface is awkward. Simple functions, like pick a route, reverse direction, and navigate require many more button clicks than the older GPSMAP76. Displaying tide tables or currents is not at all intuitive and requires unnecessary button clicks. Overall, the user interface is a step back from the very well thought out and simple GPSMAP 76.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good hand held GPS

By K

from Turkey

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Night
    • Large Boats
    • Small Boats

    Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

    Good hand held GPS. Hope it lasts longer than my old Garmin 76 which quit working for no apparent reason

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Did what I needed!

    By RonCo215

    from Philasdelphia, PA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Intuitive Menu
    • Quick Signal
    • Reliable Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fishing
      • Lakes
      • Small Boats

      Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

      Very easy to start a route and to mark waypoints.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery was prompt. I could not register unit online, though. First I had to download a program which I did and then it said searching for my device and it didn't find it eventhough I plugged it into the computer. Then it said I need some new version of something and I am not that computer savvy. I should have been able to plug it into m,y computer and register easily!!If I can't figure this out, I won't be able to use the unit to its' full potential!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GPSMAP 78 Is Great

      By Huck

      from Ga

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Easy To Use
      • Intuitive Menu
      • Quick Signal
      • Reliable Reception

      Cons

      • Poor Viewing In Sunlight

      Best Uses

      • At Night
      • Bad Weather
      • Fishing
      • Lakes
      • Large Boats
      • Ocean
      • Small Boats

      Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

      It has never let me down no matter where ive been so far. Have taken it to the mountains and across the ocean to Bahamas. Does great at geocaching also.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This GPS is for marine use.

      By ozakik

      from North Bergen NJ

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Easy To Use
      • Intuitive Menu
      • Quick Signal
      • Reliable Reception

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Night
        • Bad Weather
        • Ocean
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

        I got GPSMAP 78 before business trip to Hawaii. I tried several times to measure the positions in Hawaii. GPSMAP 78 has world map but it is not good for land use because of the accuracy. Using in Hawaii I reconfirmed GPSMAP 78 is for marine use. It is floatable and water resistant so I could use on the beach peacefully.
        Comparing my old Magellan GPS 15, GPSMAP 78 has beautiful color display and 20 hours of battery life in the almost same price. I confirmed the developing of the technology.

        (28 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Will be returning the 78 and card purcha

        By capran

        from Colbert Wa- but use in San Juan islands

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Quick Signal

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Difficult To Set Up
        • Hard To Read

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Ocean

        Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

        - the on line maual is not helpful. picture of the back saying the card slot it under the batteries, with no picture except for the cover, and no installtion picture. On the garmin site it actually says the G2 is NOT recommended for the 78! (wish I had read that before purchasing!) and the G2 US All & Canadian West Coast HXUS039R chart that west marine recommended looks as if it is a bigger card than the 78 accepts, so worthless. I looked at the map detail of the 78SC that has the chart of US preinstalled and even when set on the best detail, looking at a Sucia Chart in the San Juans didn't include soundings or the rocks off the entrance to Fossil bay, and only a very few soundings inside the bay, which is the only one I bothered to check when we picked up the card we had ordered. but still was hopefull the card would give me the detail I need for chart navigation. Am returning the unit today and will stick to my old 72 that gives me lat/lon and will stick with paper chart navigation.

        (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good, but not great.

        By Bob

        from Santa Monica bay

        About Me Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Reliable Reception

        Cons

        • Difficult To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • At Night
        • Bad Weather
        • Ocean
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

        I use the 78 for night sailing. I choose to download free raster maps. My prior unit was an old Mystic black & white with smaller screen. The 78 fails in ability to recharge batteries - apparently I have to remove to recharge - always at an inconvenient time. Its less intuitive and either more clicky or need to surpress the occasional use features. Setup took hour. It has a marine mode but you need to set each feature to your liking. A couple of marine modes would solve it: usa, traditional, european.

        (31 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Product good Manual bad

        By LadyOdessey

        from Burlington,WA

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Chartplotter capabilities
        • Has good potential
        • Uses chartplotter maps

        Cons

        • Inadequate Manual

        Best Uses

        • Dinghy

        Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

        I use the GPS78 when taking the dinghy to places out of sight of our power boat. It also maps out potential anchorage and danger points we might take our trawler. Comparing actual readings using our handheld sonar and nearby tidal stations has been useful. Also using as an independent backup for our main chartplotter has good value. This unit will do all of that plus much more. VERY impressive. However, the manual is totally oblivious of describing how to access these capabilities. There isn't even a word called "tide" in the index of the manual. You have to call Garmin customer service to get the instructions of how to access all the features. It isn't intuitive and extremely frustrating to know those capabilities are there but no help from the manual. I wouldn't be without this unit doing what I do with my boat, but I am very unhappy with Garmin and their lack of effort putting together a manual.

        Service and delivery comments:

        The usual good service from West Marine.

        (27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Too Many Features

        By Gene the Sailor

        from Lake Superior

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good ergonomics
        • Quick startup
        • Reliable Reception

        Cons

        • Difficult To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

        I prefer my old Garmin over this one as it was simple to enter data. This one has too many features and takes some time to adjust to how to use just the features you want.

        (34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        More confusing to use than older models

        By Marilyn

        from Virgin Islands

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice clear color screen
        • Quick gps location
        • Quick Signal
        • Reliable Reception
        • Uses same configuration
        • Uses same plug configerat

        Cons

        • Confusing directions
        • Difficult to plan routes
        • Difficult To Set Up
        • No go to button

        Best Uses

        • At Night
        • Bad Weather
        • Large Boats
        • Ocean
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Garmin Gpsmap 78 Handheld:

        I feel the designers tried too hard to make this GPS an all around hiker, driver
        And marine unit and sacrificed the good marine qualities the older modals had.
        I would suggest they make two versions: land, and marine.

        Service and delivery comments:

        West marine delivered promptly and the item was packaged very well

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