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Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS - NORTH RIVER OUTDOORS
Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS - NORTH RIVER OUTDOORS
Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS - NORTH RIVER OUTDOORS
Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS - NORTH RIVER OUTDOORS


Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS

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The Garmin eTrex 30 features a 2.2" 65k color sunlight readable display, a shaded relief worldwide base map, and internal memory plus a microSD card slot. You will be able to use the internal memory with the microSD card slot to add TOPO, road and marine mapping options. The latest series provide HotFix satellite support for superfast positioning, improved screen clarity and several enhanced navigation features, the new eTrex series is your favourite handheld GPS - now even better.


  • 2.2" 65K color TFT display
  • High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support
  • Worldwide basemap with shaded relief
  • Internal memory and microSD card slot for additional mapping
  • Supports paperless geocaching
  • Rugged, waterproof (IEC 60529 IPX7)
  • USB interface
  • Supports spine mounting accessories
  • Over 20 hours of battery life, 2 AA; NiMH or Lithium recommended
  • Unit dimensions: 2.1" x 4.0" x 1.3" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5 oz. with batteries

What's in the Box? Garmin Trex 30, USB cable, Lanyard and Manuals

Technical Information
Built-in Devices
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
Memory Card Supported microSD Card
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 2.2"
Color Supported 65536 Colors (16-bit)
Battery Information
Maximum Battery Run Time 20 Hour
Physical Characteristics
Form Factor Portable
Height 4"
Width 2.1"
Depth 1.3"
Weight (Approximate) 5 oz

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS

'm using the eTrex 30 for two purposes:

1. to carry with me while shooting vacation, hiking, and event photos. will then use Lightroom to insert the location into my pictures. it's great to see your vacation and hiking treks with photos laid out on Google Earth or Lightroom's map.

2. while on vacation and in unknown areas will use street maps to track where my hotel or camp is, find attractions, record where I've been, and eventually find my way back to my hotel or camp.

- display is readable in direct sunlight no problem
- display brightness can be turned off for longer battery life
- sensitivity/accuracy is good
- supports NiMh rechargeable batteries
- battery life is longer than I expected it would be
- seems reasonably rugged

- much heavier than I expected it would be
- much thicker than I expected it would be
- lifetime maps not included, but are for my car GPS which was half the price
- maps are extraordinarily expensive
- no strap or belt clip included
- does not charge batteries when connected to USB
- joystick sticks up too high and is way too easy to hit accidentally
- control buttons are rather stiff and must be pushed precisely to work
- map uploads are extremely time-consuming - better to take the micro-sd card out and put it in a reader
- button functions were obviously designed by someone who NEVER used a GPS on the trail. (e.g. no way to reset the trip odo without wiping all the stats; no lap function; etc.)
- manual is very poor. describes what the buttons do, but does not explain various use-cases for actually using the GPS in everyday life
- altimeter is not accurate or consistent