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GARMIN eTrex Vista

Hand held GPS receiver with large display, integrated world and Europe/Africa map, electronic compass, barometrical altimeter plus serial interface.

The GARMIN eTrex Vista 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 detailed map of Europe, Africa and the near East. Beside the GPS receiver, the eTrex Vista has an electronic compass and a barometrical altimeter. In addition, it has 24 MB of built-in memory to store even more detailed information, such as local roads, restaurants and points of interest. The extremely sensitive antenna provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples). The built-in serial interface supports data exchange with a PC.

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GARMIN eTrex Vista


  • Portable, robust, to be operated with one hand (buttons are located ergonomically on each side of the unit)
  • Large, easy to read display with background illumination (160x288 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, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish (requires firmware version V3.60 or later)
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna
  • Integrated world map (overview) with countries of all continents including major cities
  • Integrated, detailed maps 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
  • Integrated 24 MB memory to download additional, even more detailed maps with roads, crossings and addresses of restaurants, public buildings, points of interest etc. from a PC.
  • 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 18 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. 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 the following protocols for data exchange with PC: NMEA 0183 with 4800 Baud, GARMIN, GARMIN DGPS, Text, RTCM IN, RTCM/NMEA and RTCM/TEXT
  • DGPS (Differential GPS) ready (GARMIN differential receiver available as an option)
  • 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 -15 .. 70°C (5° .. 158°F)
  • Serial interface RS-232 (connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 112x51x30 mm (4.4x2x1.2 inches)
  • Weight: 150 g (5.3 ounces, without batteries)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes
  • 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 1000 waypoints with name (up to 10 characters), icon (choice of 75 symbols) and coordinates
  • Stores up to 20 reversible routes with up to 125 waypoints each. Shows the current position in relation to these waypoints (direction and distance)
  • World map with zoom function in the range of 800 km to 30 m (500 mi to 120 ft)
  • Information on the map displayed in 5 levels of details
  • Find waypoints, favorites, cities and exits
  • 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 MetroGuide.
  • Bearing (electronic 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 10 travelled routes (tracks) with up to 750 track points per track
  • Time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, current phase of the moon, constellation sun-earth-moon
  • Calendar
  • Supports metric and U.S. units
  • Jumpmaster accessory (requires at least Firmware Version 2.50)

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GARMIN eTrex Vista overview:

Buttons of the GARMIN eTrex Vista

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Main pages of the GARMIN eTrex Vista:

Main menu Satellites Map
GARMIN eTrex Vista main menu GARMIN eTrex Vista satellites GARMIN eTrex Vista map
  • Save current location as waypoint and manage waypoints
  • Find waypoints, favorites, cities and exits (extended search functions with MapSource)
  • Manage routes
  • Manage travelled pathes (Tracks)
  • System setup
  • Constellation Earth/Sun/Moon; Calendar; Time information for hunting and fishing
  • Status
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Constellation of the satellites
  • Strength of satellites' signals
  • Current position
  • Current elevation
  • Status
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Current elevation
  • Current position
  • Current Heading
  • Distance to destination (direct line)
  • Map
  • Route
  • Travelled path (track)
  • Current scale


Navigation Trip Computer Elevation
GARMIN eTrex Vista navigation GARMIN eTrex Vista trip computer GARMIN eTrex Vista elevation
  • Waypoint
  • Estimated remaining travel time
  • Distance to destination (direct line)
  • Compass ring with bearing to waypoint
  • Current elevation
  • Current time
  • Travelled trip distance
  • Moving time
  • Stopped time
  • Accumulated travelled distance (Odometer)
  • Current speed
  • Maximum speed
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Average speed (total time)
  • Current ascend / descend speed
  • Current elevation
  • Elevation profile
  • Maximum elevation
  • Current air pressure

Note: You may change the information shown on the main pages via the options menu. The figures above are examples, the actual appearance of the main pages may be different depending on the options chosen.

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Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 / EUR 37 [Picture and details]
Protective case Add item to shopping basket CHF 14 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 / EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 28 / EUR 27 [Picture and details]
Mounting adapter for larger handlebars (25..32 mm) Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 / EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for dashboard Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 / EUR 29 [Picture and details]
Adhesive base for dashboard mounting kit to use it in a second vehicle Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 / EUR 11 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN eTrex Vista in detail.

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

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