quote:Originally posted by Engor
I'm thinking about buying Garmin GPS 60 or Garmin eTrex Legend HCx.
The 60 has a better feature set than the Legend HCx - but the HCx will have better reception, unless you get a 60 CSx or 60 Cx.
It's slightly misleading. The previous model of the eTrex Legend had 8 MB of memory built in for storing maps, and no microSD expansion slot.
With the Legend HCx, Garmin dropped the 8 MB of built in "map" memory, hence the notice that built-in memory is not included. However, the unit still has onboard memory - used to store waypoints, routes, tracks, etc. To load maps, I believe you'll need to buy a microSD card - even a smaller one (32 MB, 64 MB, etc) will be more than enough.
Does this GPS come with maps or those maps must be purchased separately?
Yes and no. The unit comes with a North American "base map" - think of it as a map of major North American highways, rivers, and oceans - and not much else. It's not very useful aside from getting your overall bearings in the continent
All other "official" maps need to be purchased from Garmin or an authorized map maker. For example, the best map for hiking is "Garmin Topo Canada" - it has detailed topographic maps for the unit.
You'll also notice that Garmin sells microSD cards "preloaded" with maps - avoid these. They are "locked" to the card, meaning that they can't be backed up. Also, they're expensive and only contain data for small regions - the CD version contains data for all of Canada.
If I understand correctly free topo maps of Canada can be downloaded at
? Does it mean I don't need MAPSOURCE software? Do I need it or anything else to transfer waypoints there and back?
The unit will come with a copy of MapSource, just not the maps. The ibycustopo is not "official" - Garmin units contain a sort of protection mechanism to prevent people from making maps that Garmin doesn't make money from. The ibycustopo project uses special software to bypass the protection mechanisms - Garmin could always come along and sue them out of existance. That said, nothing is stopping you from using them
and that's their problem, not yours.