Incredibly sensitive and easy to use. Preloaded Worldwide DEM basemap
Brilliant 65K color TFT display
Crisp 160x240-pixel resolution
1.8 GB internal memory
Includes a variety of essential outdoor apps, including compass, altimeter, and wireless
High-speed USB serial interface
External GPS output
MicroSD card slot (card not included)
Runs 18 hours on two AA batteries (not included)
Incredibly sensitive and easy to use, the Garmin® 62s Handheld GPS Unit features a preloaded Worldwide DEM basemap; brilliant 65K color TFT display; crisp 160x240-pixel resolution; 1.8 GB internal memory; includes a variety of essential outdoor apps, including compass, altimeter, and wireless; high-speed USB serial interface; external GPS output; MicroSD card slot (card not included); and running 18 hours on two AA batteries (not included).
Rated 4 out of 5 by lock2vandal Garmin quality
This unit has the high quality that i have found typical of Garmin products over the years. The support and instructional material is typical also (suspect at best). This is a unit with many abilities and no instruction so you are left to figure it out on your own. The GPS map 62s does as advertised and I've had no problems as far as unit operation. Now if i could only figure out how it works.
April 29, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by timmmmay Software is the problem
I'm a long time user of Garmin GPS units...automotive, marine, and even aviation units. The 62s is not a bad unit: battery life is good, its ability to get gps signals is excellent, and it is very user friendly. The worst I can say about the unit itself is the compass error is pretty bad...whether level or at an angle, I'm seeing compass error by 15 to up to 30 degrees.
The biggest problem with the 62s, or any new garmin unit for that matter, is the new software, "Basemap"...what a piece of garbage! "Mapsource", the older program wasn't bad, but Basemap is horrible: I've been using it for over half a year now, and I still fight with it every time I plug the gps into the computer.
May 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Businessdude Best Gps I have ever own
This GPS is the far better than the 60 I had before. It has a ton more stuff on it and it has help me find my way around. I geocache and so I finally don't have to waste anymore paper writing down the information I need. The battery life is good and I am always connected to the satellites in less than 5 minutes.
May 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Omegahunter1996 Garmin 62s
I just purchased the Garmin 62s from Bass Pro Shop in Bolingbrook, IL. The Garmin 62s is awesome with the new features, and what a significant improvement over the Garmin 60CSx.
Internal memory is 1.7GB and I was able to download the city navigation software directly to this GPS with no memory card. I still have 400MB remaining after downloading all 50 states to this unit.
The QUAD helix antenna allows for high GPS sensitivity and this unit allows you to do geocaching without paper.
The unit is very robust with 3 axis compass, and barometric altimeter. This is one outstanding product from Garmin. I highly recommend this unit.
August 8, 2010
This is a unit you won't outgrow, but if all you need is one for occasional use to mark a favorite fishing spot, check your Lat/Long on a map, or a find your way back to camp, you might want to save a couple hundred bucks and go with Garmins Vista, Venture or Legend units
Yes, read the following from Garmin Website: GPSMAP 62s 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 62s stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 62s is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.
I don't really need all the new features. Should I worry about buying the older version? Will it be made out of date somehow? Thoughts? I'm only going to use it a couple times a year, on the lake in MN, and perhaps elk hunting in CO.
I have 60 CSx. Use it for hunting & geocaching. Older models will not take update chips. Alberta has new maps of hunting zones I cannot load. If you can afford, get unit that has expansion capabilities. If you don't use unit often enough to justify, yours works, don't fix it. Get into geocaching if you want to have fun using unit. This will teach and answer most concerns.