A fully-featured GPS unit complete with OS mapping voucher worth £20!
The Garmin eTrex 30
is a waterproof and durable GPS unit
that can support colour OS mapping - a £20 Birdseye Select voucher is included that will buy up to 600sq kilometres at 1:25,000 scale - and has a tilt-adjusted electronic compass and barometric altimeter to give you the best possible information on your location and the route ahead.
Easy to use both in the outdoors and at home when planning your trips, thanks to the simple interface and free BaseCamp software that you download for your PC or Mac. Using the included USB cable to connect the eTrex 30 to your computer you can manage your maps and routes before transferring them easily to the GPS's internal memory, or via a microSD card. Wireless transfer capability allows you to transmit data to other
The eTrex 30 can also accept GPX files allowing for paper-free geocaching
- no more manually entering coordinates and scribbling down notes, just upload the file and start hunting for caches! You can even share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS devices – simply press “send” to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin.
The high sensitivity EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver can locate and maintain your position even in wooded areas or around tall buildings or cliffs, and the ability to track both the GPS and GLONASS (from 2012) networks makes position 'lock on' up to 20% faster, with 24 more satellites available than with GPS-only handsets.
Taken a while but..., 30 August 2012
By Nigel (Devon)
I bought my Etrex 30 about 6 months ago solely for Geocaching, and initially had some problems with the device. There have been a few Firmware updates that seem to have sorted these out and this now works well. Sometimes have to callibrate the compass to get it working and not sure if it was worth paying the extra for the electronic compass over the Etrex 20.
Although, as most people are saying, the mapping is expensive, it is possible to get Open Source maps that work very well on this device and are available free. Although I have the Garmin Topo Map, I will frequently use these free maps as it is better at showing public footpaths (wouldn't use it as a street map though).
Once I worked out how to set the profile up for Geocaching, and the issues were largely sorted, I became very pleased with this purchase and have used it in all weathers without a problem.
Average GPS & Expensive mapping, 24 July 2012
By Dave (Hampshire)
Owned this GPS for approx 6 months now. Small and easy to use but very slow to render maps and when scrolling. Birdseye mapping is extremely expensive, for even a small area so the 1:50K would be the best option - but again very expensive. Screen resolution is not great and unit quite opten reboots itself or locks up completely requiring battery removal to reset. Overall I am rather disappointed and like others feel let down by Garmin as the unit is useless without spending at least another £150 on mapping to make it work. Supplied basemap is a complete waste of time. I was also considering the SATMAP device when I bought this Garmin one and now wish I had gone for that one.
Good GPS but beware expensive mapping, 12 January 2012
By Steve (Swindon)
Having recently bought an eTrex 30 I was keen to get obtain some mapping to use its full potential. The eTrex 30 allows you to download 1:25K OS maps at a cost of £20 for a user defined area of 600km2. This is actually a very small area making the Birdseye Mapping extremely expensive. The Birdseye maps are also very poor quality.
Garmin GB Discoverer maps (on microSD card) are available at a cost of £150 for the whole of GB but are 1:50K scale. Personally I find that 1:50K is perfectly adequate for walking with a GPS. The GPS tells you where you are so the level of detail is less important compared with using a paper map and compass.
In my opinion, buying the full GB mapping will make me more likely to use my GPS as I have made a one off investment that I might as well use. The alternative of downloading Birdseye maps at £20 for a small area, would make me think twice about whether I needed the map and I probably wouldn't bother for small walks. For example, if I went to Scotland for a week and planned on doing 4 walks, I would be faced with a bill of £80. GB Discoverer is good value in comparison.
I would definitely recommend this GPS but it is worth doing some research into mapping costs to make sure that it meets your needs. Also bear in mind that the microSD card can only be used on one GPS and can not be backed up.