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Hand held GPS device with large color display with touchscreen, integrated base map, topographic map of Europe, electronic 3D compass, barometrical altimeter, built-in 3.2 Megapixel camera, optional heart rate and cadence sensor, USB interface, slot for optional µSD memory card and auto-routing (requires a map which is available as an option).

The GARMIN Oregon 550t is very easy to use thanks to its touchscreen and its user friendly graphical interface. It supports multiple languages, has an integrated base map, a preloaded topographical map of Europe scale 1:100'000, an electronic 3D compass, a barometrical altimeter and a built-in 3.2 megapixel camera. It can receive data from an optional chest belt with a heart rate monitor and also from an optional speed and cadence sensor for bikes. The Oregon 550t has 3.72 GB built-in memory to store optional maps with even more detailed information, such as local roads, restaurants and points of interest (of which the pre-installed topographic map of Europe occupies approx. 3.43 GB). In addition, it has a slot for a standard µSD memory card. The built-in USB interface supports data exchange with a PC and it supports also wireless data exchange with other GPS units which provide wireless communication. In order to use the Oregon's auto-routing feature which computes a route from the current location to any destination, an optional map which supports routing is required, such as City Navigator Europe NT. See MapSource for a list of available maps. The very sensitive antenna provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples).

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Comparison Oregon models:

All models provide similar functions; these are the main differences:

Feature / Model Internal memory
(total / free)
Barometrical altimeter Electronical compass Receive data from optional ANT sensor Pre-installed topographic map of Europe Camera WiFi
Connect IQ
Price
Oregon 200 24 MB
24 MB
- - - - - - Discontinued
Oregon 300 850 MB
850 MB
YES 2D¹ YES - - - Discontinued
Oregon 400t 3.7 GB
1.5 GB
YES 2D¹ YES YES - - Discontinued
Oregon 450 900 MB
900 MB
YES 3D¹ YES - - - Discontinued
Oregon 450t 3.7 GB
1.5 GB
YES 3D¹ YES YES - - Discontinued
Oregon 550t 3.7 GB
297 MB
YES 3D¹ YES YES 3.2 Megapixel - Discontinued
Oregon 600 1.7 GB
1.7 GB
YES 3D¹ YES - - - from CHF 318
from EUR 278
Oregon 600t 3.6 GB
815 MB
YES 3D¹ YES YES - - from CHF 378
from EUR 330
Oregon 650 3.6 GB
3.5 GB
YES 3D¹ YES - 8 Megapixel - from CHF 378
from EUR 330
Oregon 650t 7.2 GB
4.4 GB
YES 3D¹ YES YES 8 Megapixel - from CHF 438
from EUR 383
Oregon 700 3.54 GB
3.46 GB
YES 3D¹ YES - - YES ab CHF 468
ab EUR 409
Oregon 750 3.54 GB
3.46 GB
YES 3D¹ YES - 8 Megapixel YES ab CHF 578
ab EUR 505
Oregon 750t 7.2 GB
2.6 GB
YES 3D¹ YES YES
(Topo Active)
8 Megapixel YES ab CHF 618
ab EUR 540

¹) 2D means, you must hold the device level for reliable readings. 3D stands for a tilt-compensated compass which does not require the device to be level for accurate readings.

Please find a table with detailed technical data in our Buyer's guide.


Contents: Features - Overview - Main Pages - Price - Options - Downloads - Order

GARMIN Oregon 550t

Features:

  • Portable, easy to use, robust, waterproof to IPX-7 standards (withstands 30 minutes under water up to 1 meter (3 feet) deep).
  • Large TFT color display with background illumination (256 colors, 240x400 pixel).
  • Easy to use thanks to its touchscreen plus its user friendly, graphical interface.
  • Multilingual user interface in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish and Turkish.
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna.
  • Integrated world wide base map with countries, bodies of water, major cities and major highways.
  • Pre-loaded topographical map of Europe scale 1:100'000.
  • 3.72 GB built-in memory to transfer even more detailed maps with local roads, points of interest etc. from a PC to the GPS (the pre-installed topographic map of Europe occupies approx. 3.43 GB of the built-in memory).
  • Routing speed: 7 (see GPS Routing Speed for details). An optional map which supports routing is required, such as City Navigator Europe NT.
  • Slot for standard µSD memory card. Memory cards are available as an option.
  • Electronic 3D compass to check heading while not moving¹. "3D" means unit doesn't have to be hold level for accurate measurement. can be turned off to safe power, accuracy ±2°, resolution ±1°.
  • Barometrical altimeter for precise elevation recording², range -610..9144 m (-2000..+550t00 feet); accuracy ±3 m (10 feet), resolution ±30 cm (1 foot)
  • Built-in camera with 3.2 megapixel and autofocus. Takes pictures in portrait and landscape format, 4x digital zoom. Automatically records the location where the picture was taken (geotag).
  • Heart rate monitor, requires optional chest belt with heart rate sensor. The chest belt uses a digitally coded signal, which means, once a heart beat sensor and the GPS have been paired, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference.
  • Cadence monitor, requires optional speed and cadence sensor. Measures the number of revolutions of the crank arms with a magnet and a wireless sensor. Like the heart rate monitor, this sensor uses a digitally coded signal. Once paired with the Oregon 550t, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference.
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 16 h) 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. 1 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 30 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports the following protocols for data exchange with an external devices: NMEA 0183, GARMIN serial, Text
  • Supports WAAS (improves accuracy of position indication from typical better than 15 m (49 feet) to typical better than 3 m (10 feet))
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -20 .. 70°C (-4° .. 158°F)
  • USB interface (USB connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 114x60x35 mm (4.5x2.3x1.4 inches)
  • Weight: 205 g (6.8 ounces, without batteries)
  • ¹) In order to check the direction 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 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:

  • 5 preset profiles (Recreational, Geocaching, Automotive, Marine, Fitness). Provides fast switching between different configuration settings of the device. Supports also user defined profiles.
  • Stores 2000 waypoints with name (30 characters), icon (choice of more than 150 symbols), comments (50 characters), coordinates, elevation and depth.
  • Stores 200 reversible routes
  • World map with zoom function in the range of 800 km to 20 m (500 mi to 80 ft)
  • Information on the map displayed in 5 levels of details.
  • Find waypoints, cities, points of interest, addresses etc. The objects you can actually search for depend on the maps loaded on the GPS. Various maps are available as an option, see list of MapSource products.
  • Bearing (electronic 3D compass)
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Altitude via air pressure (barometer)
  • 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 200 travelled routes (tracks)
  • Supports metric and U.S. units

Additional features:

  • Heart rate, requires optional heart rate monitor
  • Cadence of the crank arms, requires optional speed and cadence sensor
  • Temperature, requires optional temperature sensor
  • Air pressure trend (can take pressure readings every 15 minutes even when power is off)
  • Wireless data exchange with other devices which support wireless communication
  • Image viewer (when connected to a computer, the GPS appears as an additional drive to transfer pictures)
  • Geocaches
  • Wherigo (toolset for creating and playing GPS-enabled adventures in the real world, see www.wherigo.com)
  • Time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, current phase of the moon
  • Information regarding hunting and fishing
  • Area calculation
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Stop watch
  • Calendar
  • Position and signal strength of the satellites
  • Support for optional VIRB action cameras, see also TrailTech and VIRB
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GARMIN Oregon 550t overview:

Unit features of the GARMIN Oregon 550t
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Main pages of the GARMIN Oregon 550t:

Note: The images below show the display of the Oregon 550t in true resolution (240x400 pixels). This does not necessarily mean that the display is shown it its true size (38x63 mm). The actual size of these images depends on the properties of your display. Many of the pages are configurable, the pictures are just examples. For the data fields, there is a choice of 45, rsp. 15 different values, see selection 1, rsp. selection 2.

Main Menu 1 Main Menu 2 Main Menu 3 Main Menu 4
GARMIN Oregon 550t main menu (1 of 5) GARMIN Oregon 550t main menu (2 of 5) GARMIN Oregon 550t main menu (3 of 5) GARMIN Oregon 550t main menu (4 of 5)
  • Map
  • Find destination
  • Compass
  • Save current position as waypoint
  • Trip computer
  • Settings

  • To previous menu page
  • Battery charge level
  • Quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Camera
  • Picture viewer
  • 3D map (only available if maps which support this feature are loaded)
  • Geocaches
  • Elevation profile
  • Wherigo

  • To previous menu page
  • Battery charge level
  • Quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Waypoint manager
  • Profiles
  • Route planner
  • Active route
  • Track manager
  • Wireless communication with other devices which support this feature

  • To previous menu page
  • Battery charge level
  • Quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Calendar
  • Area calculation
  • Sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset; moon phase
  • Calculator
  • Alarm
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Alarm clock

  • To previous menu page
  • Battery charge level
  • Quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
Main Menu 5 Camera Picture Viewer Geotag
GARMIN Oregon 550t main menu (5 of 5) GARMIN Oregon 550t camera GARMIN Oregon 550t picture viewer GARMIN Oregon 550t geotag
  • Stoppuhr
  • Sight and go (direct navigation to a point)
  • Man over board
  • More precise coordinates by computing the average of the location values

  • To previous menu page
  • Battery charge level
  • Quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Picture (for landscape format turn the GPS by 90°)
  • Abort
  • Take picture

Photo Gallery - these pictures were taken with an Oregon 550t and give an impression of the performance of the integrated camera.

  • Pictures

  • Abort
  • Select pictures (recently taken, close to a location, by date)
  • Previous pictures
  • Next pictures
  • Image with distance and direction to the location where the picture was taken
  • Map with location where the picture was taken
  • Back to main menu
  • Start navigating to the location where the picture was taken
Satellites Elevation Trip Computer
Small Fields
Trip Computer
Large Fields
GARMIN Oregon 550t satellites GARMIN Oregon 550t elevation GARMIN Oregon 550t trip computer small fields GARMIN Oregon 550t trip computer large fields
  • Current location
  • Accuracy of the position indication
  • Position of the satellites in the sky
  • Current elevation above sealevel
  • Strength of the satellites signals
  • Current elevation above sealevel
  • Maximum elevation
  • Elevation profile or pressure changes over time with scale factors

For each data field, you can choose from 15 different values2)

  • Current speed
  • Current heading
  • Distance to destination
  • Travelled distance (odometer)
  • Travelled trip distance
  • Maximum speed
  • Moving time
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Stopped time (paused)
  • Overall average speed (including paused time)
  • Close trip computer
  • Change mode
  • Switch to small fields

For each data field, you can choose from 45 different values1)

  • Current speed
  • Current heading
  • Distance to destination
  • Travelled distance (odometer)
  • Current elevation
  • Distance to destination
  • Close trip computer
  • Change mode
  • Switch to small fields

For each data field, you can choose from 45 different values1)

Switzerland
(Topographical Map of Europe)
Germany
(Topographical Map of Europe)
France
(Topographical Map of Europe)
Austria
(Topographical Map of Europe)
GARMIN Oregon 550t topographical map of Europe, example Bern city, Switzerland GARMIN Oregon 550t topographical map of Europe, example Zugspitze, Germany GARMIN Oregon 550t topographical map of Europe, example France GARMIN Oregon 550t topographical map of Europe, example Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Example of topographical map of Europe: Bern city, Switzerland. Example of topographical map of Europe: Zugspitze, Germany. Example of topographical map of Europe: France. Example of topographical map of Europe: Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria.
Navigation Navigation Map Route Track
GARMIN Oregon 550t navigation GARMIN Oregon 550t navigation map GARMIN Oregon 550t route GARMIN Oregon 550t track
  • Current speed
  • Current elevation above sea level
  • Current location
  • Current time
  • Level independent compass (3D compass) pointing to the current destination

For each data field, you can choose from 45 different values1)

Note: This feature requires an optional map which supports routing, such as City Navigator Europe NT, see MapSource.
  • Direction
  • Estimated arrival time at destination
  • Distance to next turn
  • Map with current position (blue triangle), next turn (white arrow) and planned route (violet line)

For each data field, you can choose from 45 different values1)

Note: This feature requires an optional map which supports routing, such as City Navigator Europe NT, see MapSource.
  • Turns with name, type of turn and distance
  • Name of the track
  • Travelled path (track) on map (blue line)
  • You can use a track as a route, click on "Go" to start navigation
Calendar Alarm Clock Stop Watch Text Entry
GARMIN Oregon 550t calendar GARMIN Oregon 550t alarm clock GARMIN Oregon 550t stop watch GARMIN Oregon 550t text entry
  • Calendar with current day
  • Time of alarm (this will turn on the unit if switch off)
  • Turn alarm on/off
  • Current time
  • Number of laps
  • Length of lap
  • Elapsed time last lap
  • Elapsed time current lap
  • Elapsed time (stop watch)
  • Elapsed time until last completed lap
  • Average lap time
  • Stop
  • Mark lap

Various functions require the user to enter text or numbers. Chose a character by simply touching the screen.

  • Entry field
  • Backspace
  • Characters
  • Quit
  • Previous character page
  • Next character page
  • Enter

Data fields selection 1:

No Name Explanation
1 24hr Max Temperature Maximum ambient temperature during the last 24 hours (requires optional temperature sensor).
2 24hr Min Temperature Minimum ambient temperature during the last 24 hours (requires optional temperature sensor).
3 Accuracy of GPS The current accuracy of your GPS determined position.
4 Battery Level Battery charge level.
5 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.
6 Cadence Revolutions of the crank arm per minute (requires optional bike speed and cadence sensor).
7 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.
8 Depth Depth of water (requires NMEA input from a sonar device).
9 Distance to Destination Current distance to the final destination.
10 Distance to Next Current distance to the next waypoint or turn.
11 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
12 ETA at Destination Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
13 ETA at Next Estimated arrival time at the next turn.
14 Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
15 Glide Ratio to Destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
16 GPS Signal Strength Strength of satellites' signals.
17 Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
18 Heart Rate Current heart rate (heart beats per minute, bpm, requires optional heart rate monitor).
19 Location (lat/lon) Current location as latitude/longitude coordinates.
20 Location (selected) Current location indicated in the selected format (datum).
21 Odometer Total distance travelled since last reset*).
22 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
23 Pointer Arrow that indicates the direction to travel to the next point on a route.
24 Speed Current speed.
25 Speed - Maximum Maximum speed since last reset*).
26 Speed - Moving Avg. Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
27 Speed - Overall Avg. Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
28 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
29 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
30 Temperature Current ambient temperature (requires optional temperature sensor).
31 Temperature - Water Temperature of the water (requires an external data acquisition device).
32 Time of Day Current time.
33 Time to Destination Estimated travel time to the final destination.
34 Time to Next Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
35 To Course Direction to the planned course.
36 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
37 Trip Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
38 Trip Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
39 Trip Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
40 Turn The direction of and the distance to the next turn on a route.
41 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.
42 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
43 Vertical Speed to Destination The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.
44 Waypoint at Destination Name of the waypoint at the final destination.
45 Waypoint at Next Name of the next waypoint.

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

Data fields selection 2:

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.
11 Elevation Maximum Highest altitude above sea level since last reset.
10 Elevation Minimum Lowest 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:

This model has been discontinued; however, you can still order options for the Oregon 550t.

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Options:

Car mounting kit, including:
  • Mounting kit with suction cup
  • Adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
  • Power cord for car cigarette lighter
Add item to shopping basket CHF 64 | EUR 56 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
(Does not include mounting bracket)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 | EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Adjustable mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
(Does not include mounting bracket)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 21 | EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter
(one such power cord comes with the car navigation pack)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 | EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Power supply without USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
Power supply with USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 24 | EUR 21 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange with PC
(one such USB cable comes with the Oregon 550t)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Power/NMEA data cable with mini-USB connector and open ends Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 | EUR 39 [Picture and details]
Replacement strap for heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Premium chest belt with heart rate monitor (soft fabric strap for more comfort) Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 | EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Replacement strap for premium heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 65 | EUR 57 [Picture and details]
Bike speed and cadence sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 68 | EUR 59 [Picture and details]
Wireless Tempe temperature sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 44 | EUR 38 [Picture and details]
Chirp geocaching beacon Add item to shopping basket CHF 25 | EUR 22 [Picture and details]
Outdoor-kit with case Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 | EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Soft case Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 | EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Protective case Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
Hard carrying case Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 | EUR 39 [Picture and details]
Carabiner
(one such carabiner comes with the Oregon 550t)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 13 | EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Long lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 3 | EUR 3 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 37 | EUR 32 [Picture and details]
Backpack mount (tether) Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 | EUR 26 [Picture and details]
Bike mounting kit Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | CHF 15 [Picture and details]
4.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 9 | EUR 8 [Picture and details]
8.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
16.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 | EUR 17 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Oregon 550t in detail.

MapSource, various products with world or country map (some require a Windows PC and a cable for data exchange).

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