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GARMIN GPSMAP® 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer

Model # 11553609Mfg # 010-00864-02

Reg. $349.99

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Product Description

High performance, rugged marine GPS with US g2 coastal charts, 3-axis compass, barometer and more!

For boaters and watersports enthusiasts who want to run with the best, the rugged GPSMAP 78sc includes preloaded U.S. coastal charts and features a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, crisp color mapping, a high-sensitivity receiver, new molded rubber side grips, plus a microSD™ card slot for loading additional maps. And it floats!

Explore Coastal Waters: GPSMAP 78sc comes with built-in BlueChart® g2 coastal charts and a worldwide basemap with imagery — perfect for all your outdoor pursuits. Map detail includes shorelines, depth contours, navaids, harbors, marinas and more for the U.S. and Bahamas. And, like the rest of the 78-series, 78sc is IPX7 waterproof and even floats in water.

Get Your Bearings: GPSMAP 78sc has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you can even use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

Share Wirelessly: With GPSMAP 78sc you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible device users. Now you can send the location of your favorite fishing spot to a friend to find. Sharing data is easy. Just press “send” to transfer your information to similar units.

Keep Your Fix: With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix™ satellite prediction, GPSMAP 78sc 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 78sc 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 78sc 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 78sc 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 78sc 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 78sc 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, 78sc 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: BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards,
  • Optional Cartography: 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 Rating: IPX7 Submersible, and it floats
  • Interfacing: High-speed USB and NMEA 0183. Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data). Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units)
  • Included Equipment: Wrist strap, USB cable, manual
  • Warranty: One year

Specs

GPSMAP® 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer

Best Use Marine
Card Type Micro SD
Cartography U.S. Coastal
Connection Interface USB
Dimensions 2 1/2" Width x 6" Height x 1 1/4" Depth
Display Size 1.43" W x 2.15" H
Display Type Transflective 65K Color TFT
External Sensors Compass
Barometric Altimeter
Features Floats
Waterproof
Resolution 160 x 240
Warranty Details One Year
Weight 7.7 Ounces (with Batteries)

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer
 
3.9

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great reception (27)
  • Quick signal (24)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Easy to read (16)
  • Intuitive menu (15)

Cons

  • Complicated controls (8)
  • Difficult to set up (7)
  • Hard to read (6)
  • Poor viewing in sunlight (3)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (27)
  • Ocean (16)
  • Wet / rain (15)
  • At night (14)
  • Large boats (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (19), Casual user (18), Power user (8)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Marine GPS

I do sea kayaking out on the San Francisco, Half Moon and Monterey Bays, as well as out in the unprotected, open Pacific Ocean. Needless to say the swells and wind waves out...Read complete review

I do sea kayaking out on the San Francisco, Half Moon and Monterey Bays, as well as out in the unprotected, open Pacific Ocean. Needless to say the swells and wind waves out there are often formidable to say the least. One cannot spare the time or concentration to fool around with an unintuitive, difficult to use GPS as one's kayak is bouncing around under him. The Garmin GPSMAP 78sc excels, not only in simplicity of use, but in clarity of view and ease of reading statistics as well. Best of all, it comes with all USA BlueChart G2 maps preloaded! In terms of reception, it is so sensitive that it actually reads my position inside my house!
It should be noted that, like all other marine hand held GPS devices, it is waterproof rated only to IPX7. Therefore, if used on the water in a small boat such as a kayak, it should be first placed in a waterproof protection bag. I use one of those clear plastic waterproof bags so that I can clearly see the display and press any button therefore making it fully and easily usable while being protected from water damage.
If you are looking for the best of the best hand held marine GPS the Garmin GPSMAP 78sc is the one to purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

I would trust the unit only for fair weather day sailing. Night, fog, or way point use is limited. Compared to my Uniden Mystic handheld of 10 years ago; this unit has...Read complete review

I would trust the unit only for fair weather day sailing. Night, fog, or way point use is limited. Compared to my Uniden Mystic handheld of 10 years ago; this unit has color and slightly larger display. Out of the box, the Marine Profile is non-nautical. Defaults are vague, land oriented. The coastal charts are lacking detail, especially depth. There is not a dedicated lat/lon screen needed in emergencies. Lat/Lon eats up map display space. A screen to navigate to a way point is missing. Mounting it more that arm length is useless. Vertical tilting compass swings it 10 deg - dangerous as a hand bearing compass. Documentation is spotty. Non-intuitive setup but better than expected. Naively thought both land maps and charts were part of the package. Going to return it for an older model. It just doesn't have the bang for buck I was expecting.

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5.0

best buy ever

By uniman

from jacksonville fl

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Extensive Base Map
  • Quick Navigation
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception
  • Simple Controls

Cons

  • none what so ever

Best Uses

  • used only on my boat

Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

I used it in the keys on my boat. It was easy to use and the information it provided was very helpful

  • How are you with directions:
  • Great w/Directions
 
5.0

Great value for money

By pemartin

from Houghton, Michigan

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Extensive Base Map
  • Large Screen
  • Reliable Reception
  • Simple Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hiking

    Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

    Good machine, mostly intuitive, seems tough, though I have used only for a few days. I have an earlier version in use in another boat, and am satisfied with both.

    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/Directions
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Garmin GPSMAP 78 sc Marine handheld GPS

    By Gili

    from 36150 saggitarius rd hinkley ca

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Extensive Base Map
    • Intuitive Menu
    • Quick Navigation
    • Quick Signal
    • Reliable Reception
    • Simple Controls

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • In Car

      Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

      Its great to navigate on land and oceans

      • How are you with directions:
      • Great w/Directions
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Garmin 78sc

      By Rex

      from Dana Point

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Quick Navigation
      • Reliable Reception

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Sailing

      Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

      Just purchased the Garmin 78sc to help me bring my new (old) boat from San Diego to Dana Point. After a short learning curve problem, I got the hang of it and found it to be spot on. Really liked the interactive map. Just follow the Yellow (red) brick road !!! Great product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Garmin GPSMAP 78sc

      By Louie

      from New Orleans and surrounding area

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Extensive Base Map
      • Intuitive Menu
      • Quick Navigation
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • fishing/hunting

        Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

        This is the fourth Garmin gps I have owned. They are all idiot friendly to use and the controls are intuitively placed. Accurate, reliable, easy to carry, and reasonably priced. They can't be beat. Whenever I use a friends that may be another brand, I remember why I like Garmin products so much.

        P.S. The reason this is number four is one was stolen, two is for my hunting pack, three is for my car, and four is for my boat. Thinking about number five for my golf bag.

        • How are you with directions:
        • Great w/Directions
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great device. Lousy instruction booklet.

        By ???

        from Southern California

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Extensive Base Map
        • Intuitive Menu
        • Quick Navigation
        • Quick Signal
        • Reliable Reception
        • Simple Controls

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

            Great device; lousy instructions. I use device when sailing Channel Islands, CA. Would like to see more explanations on appropriate map sets. Would have preferred the larger screen of the more expensive devices, but the price point made this one attractive. Would definately buy again.

            • How are you with directions:
            • Great w/Directions
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            awsome

            By dtwill08

            from texas

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Fish Finder
            • Easy To Read
            • Easy To Use
            • Intuitive Menu
            • Quick Signal
            • Reliable Reception
            • Reliable Sonar

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

              i recommend this product for anyone

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It works well, great back up gps

              By T-bone

              from Florida

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Needs To Show Bearing

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

              Great backup, haven't used it a great deal yet. Battery life is better than what other reviews stated.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Screen too small to really be practical

              By gshif007

              from Hypoluxo, Florida

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quick Signal

              Cons

              • Hard To Read
              • Maps Not Detailed Enough

              Best Uses

              • Small Boats

              Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

              disappointing instruction and maps. Even after downloading (and paying for updated maps)

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Product

              By Butterchurn

              from Sandusky, OH

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bad Weather
                • Lakes
                • Large Boats
                • Ocean
                • Small Boats

                Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                I wanted a good back-up chart plotter/GPS for my sailboat. It does a very good job. I found the device to be easy to use. I was able to use it from the moment I opened the box. I have an etrex by Garmin and found the 78sc to be similar but more complex. I recommend this device to anyone who would like a good emergency back-up GPS or a primary for the lake. I like mine.

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