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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 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great reception (43)
  • Quick signal (38)
  • Accurate (28)
  • Intuitive menu (25)
  • Quick navigation (23)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (14)
  • Hard to read (12)
  • Complicated controls (11)
  • Unreliable (4)
  • Buggy software (3)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (27)
  • Ocean (16)
  • Wet / rain (15)
  • At night (14)
  • Large boats (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (32), Casual user (31), Power user (12)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (29), Bad w/directions (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

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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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

      (1 of 1 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
         
        4.0

        Works as advertised

        By Barry

        from Selden, NY

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Hard To Read

        Best Uses

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

          It easily sends and receives data (routes, waypoints, tracks, etc.) to a PC. There is good garmin software available for the PC. The screen is small but that's what you get with a handheld device.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was very quick.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          2.0

          Not "Rugged", died after 23 months w only 50 days of use

          By Captain B

          from Florida Keys

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Reliable Reception

          Cons

          • Buggy Software
          • Not Rugged
          • Short Battery Life
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Boating

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

          I liked the unit....until it locked up after being used very gently (in a mounted cradle in an enclosed cockpit) for about 50 days over a 23 month period. Garmin will sell you a refurbished one for around $150 but if a new one only lasts 50 days how long can a refurbished one make it ?

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

          AWESOME GPS used it Kayaking

          By Lt

          from Port Orange, Fl

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Kayaking

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

            Used it kayaking through the islands off Daytona Beach very accurate

            • How are you with directions:
            • Great w/Directions
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            Good product, but cumbersome for navigation on a boat.

            By Onager

            from Camarillo, CA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Reliable Reception

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls
            • Difficult To Set Up
            • Hard To Read
            • Navigation requires switching screens, is slow.

            Best Uses

            • Marine Navigation

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

            I use this product in a boat, and on the road. The as delivered screens take a while to set up and learn.
            My old Magellan3000XL is a better navigator. It has a lot less capability but is a lot easer to do plotting of position. The 78sc requires switching around and locating the needed data for plotting. It is cumbersome.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Purchased over the counter. The salesman was nice to deal with, and helped me understand the options.

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

            Efficient, practical and dependable

            By Kwan

            from Tx

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                No reason to get lost.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Acceptable

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

                EZ to use

                By jjn

                from newtown sq

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Quick Navigation
                • Quick Signal

                Cons

                • Hard To Read

                Best Uses

                • Hiking

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

                some said it was hard to set up but I found it ez

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

                Back up for on board system

                By tennisman

                from Oriental, NC

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Intuitive Menu
                • Quick Navigation
                • Reliable Reception

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hiking
                  • In Car

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

                  I purchased this as a backup to the on board system. I will also use it for exploring in the dingy.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Ordered on line and delivery was in four days.

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

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