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GARMIN eTrex Vista Cx

Hand held GPS receiver with large, easy to read color display, integrated world and Europe/Africa map, electronic compass, barometrical altimeter, automatic route calculation plus USB interface.

The GARMIN eTrex Vista Cx is very easy to use thanks to its click stick and user friendly, graphical interface. It supports multiple languages, has an integrated world map (overview) plus a base map of Europe, Africa and the near East. Beside the GPS receiver, the eTrex Vista Cx has an electronic compass and a barometrical altimeter. In addition, the Vista Cx has a slot for a standard micro SD memory card next to the battery compartment and comes with a 32 MB memory card to store even more detailed information, such as local roads, restaurants and points of interest. The GARMIN eTrex Vista Cx provides automatic route calculation and visual guidance. The very sensitive antenna provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples). The built-in USB interface supports data exchange with a PC.


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GARMIN eTrex Vista Color

Features:

  • Portable, robust, to be operated with one hand (buttons are located ergonomically on each side of the unit)
  • Large, easy to read color display with background illumination (176x220 pixels)
  • Easy to use thanks to its click stick and user friendly, graphical interface
  • Multilingual user interface in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna
  • Integrated world map (overview) with countries of all continents including major cities
  • Integrated base map of Europe, Africa and the near East with countries, waters, towns, highways, major roads and city maps. Navigational information are available for the following countries: country list
  • Slot for standard micro SD memory card ("TransFlash") to store additional, even more detailed maps with roads, crossings and addresses of restaurants, public buildings, points of interest etc. from a PC. A 32 MB memory card is included. Larger memory cards are available as an option. See also our attractive bundels with larger memory cards.
  • Routing speed: 1.91 (see GPS Routing Speed for details).
  • Electronic compass to check heading while not moving¹ (can be turned off so safe power, accuracy ±5°, resolution ±1°)
  • Barometrical altimeter for precise elevation recording², accuracy ±3 m (10 feet), resolution ±30 cm (1 foot)
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 30 h), by USB cable from a computer (connection cable included in package) or by an external 12 V power source, e.g. from a car's cigarette lighter (power cord available as an option)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF³: approx. 15 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 45 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid (CH-1903)
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -15 .. 70°C (5° .. 158°F)
  • USB interface (connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 105x55x31 mm (4.14x2.15x1.21 inches)
  • Weight (without batteries):
    • Vista C: 105 g (3.7 ounces)
    • Vista Cx: 120 g (4.23 ounces)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes

Remarks:

  • ¹) In order to check the heading with a GPS, a minimal movement with a speed of at least 5..8 km/h (3..5 mi/h) is required. Where no movement is not possible, a compass is needed.
  • ²) Even though a GPS provides accurate elevation information, the value slightly varies continuously. A barometrical altimeter is therefore more accurate, especially when summarizing elevation changes.
  • ³) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the current position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Stores up to 500 waypoints with name (up to 10 characters), icon (choice of 180 symbols) and coordinates
  • Stores up to 50 reversible routes with up to 250 waypoints per route
  • World map with zoom function in the range of 800 km to 5 m (500 mi to 20 ft)
  • Information on the map displayed in 5 levels of details
  • Find waypoints, favorites, cities and exits
  • Automatic route calculation and extended search function for points of interest, addresses and intersections, if there is a MapSource map available in memory. These maps require a Windows PC plus a connection cable and are available as options, see MapSource City Navigator.
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Records the travelled path (track), capacity 10'000 track points
  • Stores 20 travelled routes (tracks) with up to 500 track points for each track
  • Proximity alarms
  • Supports metric and U.S. units

Additional features:

  • Air pressure trend (can take pressure readings every 15 minutes even while power is off)
  • Calendar
  • Alarm clock
  • Stop watch
  • Calculator
  • Time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, current phase of the moon, constellation sun-earth-moon
  • Various games

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GARMIN eTrex Vista Cx overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN eTrex Vista Cx

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Main pages of the GARMIN eTrex Vista Cx:

Note: You may configure the main pages through options. The screenshots below are just examples, the actual appearance may vary from the pages shown below depending on the current settings. Especially the content of the data fields is user configurable. You can choose from 39, rsp. 15 different values, see selection 1, rsp. selection 2.

Main Menu Satellites Map
GARMIN eTrex Vista Color main menu GARMIN eTrex Vista Color satellites GARMIN eTrex Vista Color map
  • Satellites status information
  • Trip computer settings
  • Save current location as waypoint
  • Find waypoints, favorites, cities and exits (extended search functions with MapSource)
  • Manage travelled pathes (tracks)
  • Manage routes
  • Graphical representation "highway"
  • System setup
  • Proximity alarms
  • Calendar
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Stop watch
  • Constellation Earth/Sun/Moon
  • Time information for hunting and fishing
  • Games
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Current position (coordinates)
  • Constellation of the satellites
  • Strength of satellites' signals
  • Current speed
  • Current heading
  • Navigation directions
  • Map with current position

For each data field, you can choose from 39 different values.1)

 

Compass Trip Computer
(small numbers)
Trip Computer
(big numbers)
GARMIN eTrex Vista Color compass GARMIN eTrex Vista Color trip computer (small numbers) GARMIN eTrex Vista Color trip computer (big numbers)
  • Current speed
  • Distance to next turn
  • Estimated arrival time at final destination
  • Estimated remaining travel time to next turn
  • Compass ring with bearing to next turn (you may either use the GPS or the electronic compass to evaluate north)

For each data field, you can choose from 39 different values.1)

You can chose between 3 and 4 data fields.

  • Travelled trip distance
  • Maximum speed
  • Moving time
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Stopped time
  • Average speed (total time)
  • Current elevation
  • Accumulated travelled distance (Odometer)

For each data field, you can choose from 39 different values.1)

  • Travelled trip distance
  • Current speed
  • Moving time

For each data field, you can choose from 39 different values.1)

 

Route Turns Elevation
GARMIN eTrex Vista Color route GARMIN eTrex Vista Color turns GARMIN eTrex Vista Color elevation
  • Navigation directions
  • Address of destination (pointer)
  • Coordinates of destination (pointer)
  • Direction to destination
  • Distance to destination (direct line)
  • Map with current position and suggested route
  • Navigation directions with turn, distance and estimated travel time, rsp. estimated arrival time
  • Final destination with distance and estimated travel time, rsp. estimated arrival time
  • Total ascent
  • Maximum elevation
  • Elevation profile
  • Current ascent
  • Current elevation

For each data field, you can choose from 15 different values.2)

Data fields:

Selection 1: For each data field, you can choose one from the following 39 values.

No Name Explanation
1 Accuracy GPS The current accuracy of your GPS determined position.
2 Bearing The compass direction from a position to a destination measured to the nearest degree; also called an azimuth. In a GPS receiver, bearing usually refers to the direction to a waypoint.
3 Course The direction from the beginning landmark of a course to its destination (measured in degrees, radians, or mils) or the direction from a route waypoint to the next waypoint in the route segment.
4 Depth Depth of water (requires NMEA input from a sonar device).
5 Distance to next Current distance to the next waypoint or turn.
6 Distance to destination Current distance to the final destination.
7 ETA at next Estimated arrival time at the next turn.
8 ETA at destination Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
9 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
10 Glide ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
11 Glide ratio to destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
12 Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
13 Location (lat/lon) Current location as latitude/longitude coordinates.
14 Location (selected) Current location indicated in the selected format (datum).
15 Odometer Total distance travelled since last reset*).
16 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
17 Pointer Arrow that indicates the direction to travel to the next point on a route.
18 Speed Current speed.
19 Speed - Maximum Maximum speed since last reset*).
20 Speed - Moving Avg. Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
21 Speed - Overall Avg. Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
22 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
23 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
24 Time To Destination Estimated travel time to the final destination.
25 Time To Next Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
26 Time of Day Current time.
27 To Course Direction to the planned course.
28 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
29 Trip Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
30 Trip Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
31 Trip Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
32 Turn The direction of and the distance to the next turn on a route.
33 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.
34 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
35 Vertical Speed To Dest The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.
36 Water Speed Current speed over water (requires an external data acquisition device).
37 Water Temperature Temperature of the water (requires an external data acquisition device).
38 Waypoint At Dest Name of the waypoint at the final destination.
39 Waypoint At Next Name of the next waypoint.

*) You may reset the trip-counters, the Odometer and the Maximum Speed independently of each other.

Selection 2: For each data field, you can choose one from the following 15 values.

No Name Explanation
1 Ambient pressure The uncalibrated current pressure.
2 Ascent average The average vertical distance of ascents.
3 Ascent maximum The maximum ascent rate.
4 Ascent total The total distance ascended.
5 Barometer The calibrated current pressure.
6 Descent average The average vertical distance of descents.
7 Descent maximum The maximum descent rate.
8 Descent total The total distance descended.
9 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
10 Minimum elevation Lowest altitude above sea level since last reset..
11 Maximum elevation Highest altitude above sea level since last reset.
12 Glide ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
13 Glide ratio to destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
14 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
15 Vertical Speed To Dest The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.

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Price:

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Options:

4.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter
(for eTrex Vista Cx only)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 9 / EUR 8 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 / EUR 34 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange and power supply
(One such cable is included)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 25 / EUR 22 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 37 / EUR 32 [Picture and details]
Mounting adapter for larger handlebars (25..32 mm) Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit with suction cup for windshields in cars etc. Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 / EUR 26 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for dashboard
(One such mounting kit is included in the Auto-Pack)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 / EUR 19 [Picture and details]
Adhesive base for dashboard mounting kit to use it in a second vehicle Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN eTrex Vista C / Vista Cx in detail.

MapSource, various CDroms with world or country map (requires a Windows PC and a cable for data exchange)

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Downloads:

Here we provide additional documentation and software updates:

eTrex Vista C:


eTrex Vista Cx:
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