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

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Model # 11553609 | Mfg # 010-00864-02

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

Antenna Internal GPS Antenna
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 1/2" Width x 2 1/4" Height
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®

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

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great reception (50)
  • Quick signal (43)
  • Accurate (35)
  • Intuitive menu (27)
  • Quick navigation (26)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (15)
  • Complicated controls (13)
  • Hard to read (13)
  • Short battery life (5)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (27)
  • Ocean (16)
  • Wet / rain (15)
  • At night (14)
  • Large boats (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (34), Casual user (33), Power user (14)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (35), Bad w/directions (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39)

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.

VS

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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4.0

Good marine handheld

By No nickname

from Falls Church,Va.

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Extensive Base Map
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception

Cons

  • Complicated Controls
  • Difficult To Set Up
  • Many unneeded and unwanted features
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • marine navigation

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

The maps are good. The manual is confusing. Also: when you order the 78 SC from an inland location, where there is no navigable water, you cannot check out the unit! This is not explained. You have never thought of this??

Service and delivery comments:

Good service at West marine in Alexandria, Va.

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very pleased with GPS MAP

By Commodore

from Tarpon Springs. FL

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 495 miles in 25' sailboat Abaco to Tarpon Spr
  • Accurate
  • Extensive Base Map
  • Intuitive Menu
  • Large Screen
  • Quick Navigation
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception
  • Simple Controls

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

    Traveled from Hopetown, Abaco to Tarpon Springs, FL 495, in a 25' sailboat. Last 3 hours in darkness. Very hard w/o GPS

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Would Not Buy Anything Else

    By C-Lefty

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Power User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Marine/Fishing

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

      This is my first handheld GPS unit. I use it for boating/fishing and it's a FANTASTIC product from the best in GPS.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Fast delivery

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

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      No written instructions with Garmin GPSMAP 78sc

      By Rob the sailor

      from Hampton VA

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          the reason I purchased this unit is that I have an older version that had lasted many years of continued use. I liked the Garmin that finally failed so I purchased this one as a replacement. When I searched the new box, I noticed that there were no instructions as to the operation of the GPS..I telephoned Garmin on Sat after my Fri purchase only to find the provider closed so I had to wait until Mon to speak to a live person. I had tried to register it online as requested but could not enter the correct data as there were not instructions for doing this. After having discussed the lack of service over the weekend, I was then advised that no written instructions are available but to check the internet. The rep did register the unit for me but could do no more. Since when are companies closed when sailors are using their boats on the days off, ie sat/sun & no help is available? My boat does not have a computer, nor do I want one there. Same for a printer. My boat sails; it is not an office. I am 70 years old & prefer to read a paper that I can refer to on the boat, not be dropped from online service. I believe Garmin should reevaluate their availability on weekends & not discriminate by withdrawing instruction manuals from those who cannot use/have online services. The only reason I can use it at all is because I was familiar with the previous model. I surely realize that there are many new functions I have no idea how to set up/use. I can only recommend this product if it comes with written instructions, especially if this is a first purchase.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          not bad but not very intuative

          By Dave

          from Inglis FL

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Reliable Reception

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Hard To Read
          • hard to save and transfer
          • lacks search ease
          • poor menu guide

          Best Uses

          • portibel

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

          Put it in your pocket when fishing to mark your track for backwater fishing with a friend that does not have GPS. Mark where you caught fish and mark nav. points or markers. When you get home transfer the info to your 746xs.

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          I would recommend this gps to anyone!

          By Roger

          from Miami, Florida

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Quick Navigation
          • Quick Signal
          • Reliable Reception

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fishing

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

            Love the gps, I told all my friends about it and two of which bought one later in the week. It's great for marking fishing spots and easy to use.

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good GPS receiver

            By Sailor FGT

            from Denver CO

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Reliable Reception

            Cons

            • "coastal charts" are much less than advertised.

            Best Uses

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

              Expect to spend another $160 (or more) if you want charts with detail on the Canada side of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Puget Sound.
              It's improved in many ways over the GPSMAP76CSx I've used for 8 years, but for which Garmin no longer supplies charts.

              • How are you with directions:
              • Great w/Directions
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I recommend this product

              By Dan

              from Naples fl

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fishing

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

                GPS 78 is very acrid easy to use I would recommend it

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great upgrade from 12 XL.

                By Soaraway

                from E ctrl FL

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Marine

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

                  Elevation function appears to be a little unreliable. I'm still working on this function.

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

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Disappointing, hard to use, returned.

                  By JAH

                  from California

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Quick Navigation
                  • Quick Signal

                  Cons

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

                  Best Uses

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

                    Supposedly comes with world base map but that has no useable detail.

                    The US coastal chart is pretty good.

                    Compass calibration menu does not work, keeps taking you round & round through the same three steps the last one always fails & sends you back to the first stage.

                    The quick start manual is all that comes with the unit and it is hopeless. You have to connect to your home computer to get the owners manual. That requires plugging in the USB cable to the GPS, if you can find where the plug goes, its unmarked and very well hidden and there is no indication of where it is in the the included documentation.

                    The battery compartment cover is poorly designed and its possible to have it latched close at one end and not secure at the other, pretty stupid design for a "waterproof" item.

                    Am returning it its certainly not worth the money.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Before buying had to contact tech to get answer to simple question, which they were unable to answer.

                    Fast delivery.

                    Very slow telephone service to arrange return.

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

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