GPSMap66 New info

Some great new info has arrived about the GPSMap66, which seems extremely popular based on my previous post so I thought I’d post it up here. I have to say if this is real I’ll be buying one soon after launch! Thanks to reader 184×184 for the tip.
Google Translate produced the following from the original German text on the site, the screenshots are below.

Garmin’s GPSmap 66s is a rugged outdoor professional, significant upgrade and successful expansion of the GPSmap 64 Series! Improved hardware and features enable a very long battery life in StandbyTrac mode (up to a week) and even more accurate, faster satellite tracking (even on difficult terrain) thanks to GPS; GLONASS and GALILEO, the Quad Helix antenna and the automatic ABC sensor calibration. Also new are the extra large, sturdy 3 ” color display (240 x 400) and additional weather features. With pre-installed WW Basemap card, the huge 15.5 GB of internal memory can be additionally expanded via the microSD card slot. With Garmin Explore (Sync Data via Portal and App), Garmin GPSmap 66s also lets you plan tours and tracks offline.

    • Satellite system: Highly sensitive GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO receiver for fast satellite reception, even in difficult terrain.
    • Quad helix antenna for accurate location.
    • 3 ” display (65k color transflective TFT), resolution 240 x 400, legible even in sunlight.
    • Outdoor-optimized dual battery system for longer battery life (up to one week in StandbyTrac mode.
    • Extremely rugged, Mil-STD-810G handheld.
    • 15.5 GB of internal memory with plenty of room for tracks and caches.
    • Protected microSD card slot for additional maps, TracBack, waypoints and route navigation.
    • Pre-installed map WW Basemap.
    • Automatic calibration of the barometric altimeter and the electronic 3-axis compass.
    • 3-axis accelerometer.
    • Weather forecast and radar.
    • LED flashlight.
    • SOS beacon.
    • Backlight.
    • Night vision mode.
    • BirdsEye satellite download via Wi-Fi (real time).
    • Live track.
    • GrupTrack.
    • Wireless SW updates, apps, widgets and data fields via Connect IQ.
    • Geocaching Live.
    • Garmin Explore Portal and app for data synchronization and planning your own routes and routes.
    • Wireless data transfer via ANT + to GPS devices or sensors (chest strap, cadence …).
    • 20 routes.
    • Track Log: 10,000 points.
    • 500 waypoints.
    • TracBack.
    • Supports raster maps.
    • Custom Map Support.
    • Topo Maps, BlueChart g2, BirdsEye.
    • Connected Features (Notifications, LiveTrack, GroupTrack, Activity Upload.
    • Battery life up to 1 week (in StandbyTrack mode).
    • Operation with 2 mignon batteries (not incl.).
    • Shock and dust resistant as well as water resistant (according to IPX 73).
    • Dimensions: 16 x 6 x 3.5 cm.

GPSMap 66 Right Side

GPSMap 66 left side

Front of GPSMap 66

original German text image


  1. Still the same screen size and resolution of the old CO300 / OR6x0 etc it seems.

    Pity Garmin can’t increase the real estate size of the screen in this day and age.

    • 160×240 on the GPSMap 62 and 64 so this is a huge improvement for the rugged model! The actual unit measurements are the same from the look of it, despite looking slimmer than the old shape.

  2. Why would I use this over my phone (with decent case?)

    • There is no software available for a mobile phone that matches the feature set of this series. The GPS accuracy is also significantly greater than any phone. Having said that, a phone could technically have other additional functionality that this could never have, so I understand your point.

      Overall, it’s kind of like comparing a pickup truck with a plow to a bulldozer and saying they can both move dirt.

  3. Aaaand done. Garmin have announced it now 🙂

  4. Also a new App to go with it. Hopefully Fenix support in the app will follow and we’ll finally have waypoints back!

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