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Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine GPS Specs & Features

The Garmin GPSMAP Series 78 came in three different variants including the 78, 78S, and 78SC. Garmin GPSMAP 78SC possesses all the functionalities of its siblings, and it even adds a preloaded marine charts for coastal U.S.

Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine GPS Specifications & Features

Garmin GPSMAP® 78sc
Garmin GPSMAP® 78sc
Model
Garmin GPSMAP 78sc
Introduction DateGarmin GPSMAP® 78sc introduced by Garmin on April 23, 2010
View product availability and current price from Amazon.comGarmin GPSMAP 78sc 2.6-Inch Waterproof Marine GPS
Specs & Features
Physical & Performance
Physical dimensions2.6" x 6.0" x 1.2" (6.6 x 15.2 x 3.0 cm)
Display size, WxH1.43" x 2.15" (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm)
Display resolution, WxH160 x 240 pixels
Display typetransflective, 65-K color TFT
Weight7.7 oz (218.3 g) with batteries
Battery2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
Battery life20 hours
Water ratingIPX7
High-sensitivity receiverYes
Interfacehigh-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
Barometric altimeterYes
Electronic compassYes (tilt-compensated 3-axis)
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units)Yes
Maps & Memory
BasemapYes
Preloaded mapsYes
Ability to add mapsYes
Built-in memory1.7 GB
Accepts data cardsmicroSD™ card (not included)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)Yes
Waypoints/ favorites/ locations2000
Routes200
Track log10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
Outdoor Features
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
Geocaching-friendlyYes (Paperless)
Custom maps compatibleYes
Hunt/fish calendarYes
Sun and moon informationYes
Tide tablesYes
Area calculationYes
Picture viewerYes
Garmin Connect™
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)Yes
Official Specs and Features
Learn more from the manufacturer site.Read more about Garmin GPSMAP® 78sc at garmin.com
Amazon's Customer Reviews
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Where To Buy
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Design

Its screen is a 2.6-inch (diagonal) transflective LCD producing 160 x 240 pixels resolution and 65-K color. The overall dimension of the device measures at 2.6-inch W x 6.0-inch H x 1.2-inch D, and it weighs 7.7 oz with batteries installed.

You can use a NiMH or Lithium battery to power up the device, but it is also compatible with AA batteries. Either way, GPSMAP 78SC is able to keep on running for up to 20 hours on a single charge or before the 2 AA batteries need replacement.

Preloaded Maps

The GPSMAP 78SC is preloaded with BluChart g2 that covers the entire U.S. area. Maps for Hawaii, Alaska, and Explorer chart for Bahamas are also included.

Another important feature is the electronic compass complemented by 3-axis tilt compensation. The biggest benefit is that it can show you the proper direction even when you are not moving.

Barometric altimeter is also present to deliver precise information concerning your current altitude based on atmospheric pressure changes.

A 1.7GB of internal memory is planted, and there is even a microSD card slot to expand capacity. It allows you to save Routes and Waypoints, as well as geocaches.

Garmin GPSMAP 78SC can save up to 200 routes and 200 tracks with 10,000 points. You can use the device to project waypoints and reposition them at your current location.

Moreover, this device can communicate wirelessly with other compatible Garmin devices, allowing you to share waypoints, routes, or tracks to other users.

Custom Maps

With a microSD card, you can download and add maps to the 78SC from Custom Maps software. The more common navigational maps such as City Navigator and TOPO mapping are available for download.

Custom Maps can convert any paper-based and electronic maps into downloadable files which you can send to the device. It is also possible to simply insert an already preloaded microSD containing maps to the 78SC.

It means the device has the potential to extend its function to more than just marine GPS. With maps such as City Navigator, it can also guide you through every turn in any city in the U.S.

Geocaching

In addition, Garmin GPSMAP 78SC supports geocaching. GPX files can be downloaded to the unit to store all relevant information about any specific spot including terrain, location, descriptions, hints, and even difficulties.

It is also supported by Garmin Connect where you can share your tracks with the community or view your activities on Google Earth. To access Garmin Connect, you need to connect the device to a computer with a USB cable (included in the package).

Disclaimer: 
Disclaimer:Information provided is believed correct and true to the best of our ability based on the manufacturer published information. However, GPSCompared is not responsible for typographical errors or incorrect data. Please visit the official manufacturer product page for more details on the specifications and features
Note: This writer neither own this product nor have the personal experience in handling it. However this article is produced based on manufacturer published facts and other relevant sources (if applicable).

Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx vs GPSMAP 78sc

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A Comparison on the difference features between GPSMAP 76CSx and GPSMAP 78sc 

Handheld GPS
GPSMAP 76CSx
Note: This is a discontinued model. However it may still available in the market.
GPSMAP 78sc
etrex 20
Garmin GPSMAP 76CSX
Garmin GPSMAP 78sc
Garmin GPSMAP 78sc
View the latest price Garmin GPS 76CSX Handheld GPS with Barometric Altimeter and Electronic Compass Garmin GPSMAP 78sc 2.6-Inch Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter
What's Difference
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 2.7" x 6.2" x 1.2" (6.9 x 15.7 x 3.0 cm) 2.6" x 6.0" x 1.2" (6.6 x 15.2 x 3.0 cm)
Display size, WxH: 1.6" x 2.2" (4.1 x 5.6 cm) 1.43" x 2.15" (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm)
Display type: 256 color transflective TFT transflective, 65-K color TFT
Weight: 7.7 oz (218 g) with batteries 7.7 oz (218.3 g) with batteries
Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included) 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
Battery life: 18 hours, typical 20 hours
Interface: serial and USB high-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
Preloaded maps: no yes
Built-in memory: none (cannot load maps to internal memory) 1.7 GB
Accepts data cards: 128 microSD™ card (included) microSD™ card (not included)
Waypoints/ favorites/ locations: 10002000
Routes: 50200
Track log: 10,000 points; 20 saved tracks 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos): no yes
Picture viewer: no yes
Custom maps compatible: no yes
Geocaching-friendly: yes yes (paperless)
Outdoor GPS games: yes no
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): no yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): no yes
What's Common
Display resolution, WxH: 160 x 240 pixels 160 x 240 pixels
Waterproof: yes (IPX7) yes (IPX7)
Floats: yes yes
High-sensitivity receiver: yes yes
Basemap: yes yes
Ability to add maps: yes yes
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads): yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
Electronic compass: yes yes (tilt-compensated, 3-axis)
Barometric altimeter: yes yes
Hunt/fish calendar: yes yes
Sun and moon information: yes yes
Tide tables: yes yes
Area calculation: yes yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes yes
What's Unavailable
Touchscreen: no no
Camera: no no
Amazon Customer Reviews
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Note: Amazon will lump together the customer reviews for all models that belong to one particular Garmin series into one section. For example, models eTrex 10, eTrex 20 and eTrex 30 (new eTrex Series) will be lumped under one customer reviews section. So when you read a review, do look at which model the review refers to.
Demo Video
Video 1 GPS72, GPSMAP 76Cx, 76CSx GPS Handheld Navigator, Color Mapping from YouTubeN/A
Price Check
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