Hiking GPS with Camera

Having to carry around a GPS and a camera is annoying and adds weight to your kit. Instead why not buy a GPS that has a camera built in? Here are some of the best GPS with cameras available.

Garmin Oregon 650T

This waterproof and rugged device  offers a generous 3” screen, measured diagonally.  It comes with aNiMH rechargeable battery and a charger, and you can switch to AAs in the field if needed.

Most of its controls are accessed via the multi-touch capacitive touchscreen. Like most hand-held GPS devices it offers  lots of menu options. Its ANT or Bluetooth technology can wirelessly share routes, tracks, waypoints, geocaches, custom maps and photos with other units. It also has dual orientation – auto switching between landscape or portrait views.

Now you don’t have to take an additional camera with you to take quality photos. Oregon 650t’s built-in 8 megapixel autofocus digital camera takes photos worthy of sharing. And each photo is geotagged with the location where it was taken, allowing you to navigate back to that exact spot in the future.

For more storage, insert a microSD memory card; you can even view pictures from other devices on microSD with Oregon’s picture viewer.

Magellan eXplorist 510

Rugged and waterproof (IPX-7), eXplorist 510 combines high sensitivity GPS reception with easy to read mapping and accurate navigation. Finding your way is easier using more than 30 navigational data fields.

The integrated 3.2 mega-pixel camera, microphone and speaker enable outdoor lovers to record geo-referenced images and voice notes.

eXplorist 510 packs the most accurate maps into the palm of your hand. The World Edition map allows for 2D or 3D viewing angles. A unique, preloaded map also includes water features, urban and rural land use and a realistic shaded relief background.

Offering the best of both the worlds,  eXplorist 510 combines the user friendliness of a touchscreen with the reliability of customizable buttons.

Powered by two AA batteries, eXplorist 510 will last up to 15 hours under normal conditions. Its suspend mode turns off the device but maintain GPS tracking, to help save power. You can also adjust power management settings to your preferences.

Garmin Montana 680

Montana 680 features a 4″ sunlight-readable touchscreen display that offers crystal clear enhanced colors and displays high-resolution images. Its easy-to-use interface means you’ll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information.

Durable and waterproof Montana 680 is built to withstand any impact of   bumps, dust, humidity and water. This rugged navigator has everything you need in such devices.

Capture locations with Montana 680’s 8-megapixel digital camera. Each photo is geotagged automatically with the location of where it was taken, allowing you to navigate back to that exact spot in the future. You can also view pictures in landscape or portrait orientation. It also supports MicroSD card for additional storage.

Magellan Triton 2000

This unit may look fancier than other GPS devices, but it shares the IPX7 waterproof rating of most  other GPS devices available in the market. It also  offers accurate location information – within three meters of exact location when in a WAAS zone.

A built-in barometer can provide a heads-up about changing weather conditions, and a satellite status screen offers information about satellites and the signal strength being used to give you your location.

With its two-megapixel camera you can take photos along the way and attach them to waypoints so you can find your way back to the same spot. The camera and voice recorder could also have very practical applications for those who work with GPS systems.

A built-in music player means you can upload your favorite tunes to Magellan Triton 2000 with an SD card. There is also an audio jack so you can plug in your headphones for a personalized soundtrack.