Garmin introduces Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t
Garmin is a household name when it comes to GPS navigation devices, and today they have yet another two models available to the masses – the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t. Both of these devices will be touchscreen enabled, where they will also be accompanied by a 3.2 megapixel digital camera that will help you snap memorable shots wherever you go just in case you forgot to pack your dedicated digital camera with you. In addition, this mode also enables you to create geotagged images on the spot. Another interesting feature is the 3-axis compass that will accompany the the popular series of intuitive touchscreen handhelds. Not only do the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t get you places, it boasts a waterproof case so that you can still find your way around even though it is raining.
The 3.2 megapixel autofocus digital camera you get is also equipped with a 4x digital zoom, and the device itself is also equipped with 850MB of internal memory, which is more than enough space for you to store all your photos as well as locations. These images can then be downloaded onto a computer or external storage device later on, where they can be printed or stored and shared online. Transferring images is a no brainer – make sure your Oregon 550 is connected via USB, where you can use the my.Garmin.com site to detect Oregon’s photos. This site will help simplify the selection and uploading processes, subsequently storing the selected photos on Picasa for friends and family with an Internet connection to view them.
We also like the inclusion of a 3″ sunlight-readable touchscreen that is found on both the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t, where the latter boasts the added advantage of pre-loaded 100K topo maps for the entire U.S. in state-of-the-art 3D elevation perspective. Garmin has good reason for including the 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, as it is still able to display your heading even when you’re stationary. The Garmin Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t will retail for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively.