try the GARMIN GPSMAP 62 SERIRS OF GPS UNITS
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ LAANTLERS13 ~
I agree that the GARMIN GPSMAP 62 in a variety of the models offered should meet your requirements.
Check out the unit on the Garmin web site at http://sites.garmin.com/gpsmap62/info/
Garmin offers the GPSMAP 62 series in FIVE different models. They list from $ 349 to $599.00. Each up grade increases the features provided in the unit.
The top of the GPSMAP line offers a built in camera, a compass, and preloaded 1:100,000 topo type maps. The unit can also accommodate
several other types of maps. According to Garmin, “Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With 4.3 GB of onboard memory, GPSMAP 62stc lets you conveniently download TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail, 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). GPSMAP 62stc 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 62stc is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.” End quote.
Either of these model 62 units, along with an accessory 12 volt supply cable and a vehicle mount will allow the user to use the system for an indefinite number of hours and display maps in almost any part of the U.S.
As described above by Garmin the unit can use Garmin’s BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. These aerial views coupled with 1:24000 scale topographical maps can give you GPS mapping views much above other types of GPS units.
I presently use a now discontinued GPSMAP 60cx. This unit however cannot accept the newer Garmin mapping.
The GPSMAP 62STC will be my next unit.
Check out the Garmin web site to see their full line of handheld mapping units. I am sure that one will meet your needs.
~ Captain Paul ~