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GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by Boyd
...But the big deal about this unit is that it is compatible with Garmin BirdsEye Satellite imagery and includes a one year subscription ($30 if purchased separately). This gives you unlimited downloads of the imagery that don't expire even if you no longer have a subscription. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/70144

They don't have another Birdseye-compatible 7" device...
...Garmin's RV and Truck devices are not compatible with satellite imagery.
The ability to have locally-stored aerial views would be nice, for the same reason (if not to the same extent) as locally-stored maps. But I assume that capturing large areas of this satellite imagery for possible future use without having to maintain a subscription would take up a huge amount of storage space, right?

FWIW, the info at the link above indicates that this imagery also works in Basecamp, meaning off-line use on a PC is possible too.
Boyd
I've had two birdseye subscriptions but they lapsed long ago. At that time, I calculated about 400 square miles per gigabyte. So my home state of New Jersey would be roughly 22 gigabytes. Not too bad, considering the cost of flash memory today.

I offer New Jersey aerial imagery as a free download and that is 7gb, but it's lower resolution (6ft/pixel) than Birdseye which is (IIRC) about 2ft/pixel. https://boydsmaps.com/new-jersey-2012-orthophotography/

I also have imagery at 3 feet per pixel of NYC and Long Island, it's also a 7gb file. https://boydsmaps.com/new-york-and-long-island-2017-orthoimagery/

So file size really depends on the resolution of the source imagery and how it was compressed. Storing all of a state like NJ is pretty practical, but it's only about 9,000 square miles. California is about 164,000 square miles. You can do the math and decide whether you want to store that offline.
Boyd
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
The only Canadian source I can find for it is Amazon.ca but they want CAD$650 for it!! My usual Canadian sources for Garmin products show it as "discontinued".
Weird... gpscity.com shows it in stock for $400USD but gpscity.com does not list it at all.
Ken in Regina
That's okay. Think I'll go buy a NAS and a couple of 4TB drives for it this afternoon instead. That'll be about the same (CAD$) price.

...ken...
Boyd
Hard to understand how these things are priced across borders. Look at one of the other models I mentioned, the GPSMap276cx. GPScity.ca sells this for $840CDN. At current exchange that would be $651USD. Now look at the same model at GPSCity.com - it sells for $750USD. You could spend $100 on a day trip to Canada and break even on that!

Anyway, the point is that Garmin's stuff is very pricey when compared to phones and tablets today. But the $400USD price point, 7" screen and included mapping (City Navigator, 100k Topo and BirdsEye Satellite imagery) make this device stand out in Garmin's lineup and I'm surprised it hasn't been marketed better.

This also reminds me of how people have lost interest in dedicated devices. Just a few years ago we would have had an in-depth review by Rich Owings at GPSTrackLog (he is long gone now) and somebody in the GPSPassion forums would have figured out how the flash the firmware on the regular DriveSmart 70.
Ken in Regina
Yes, at the $400US price point I was interested. But for the price at the only Canadian source I could find I can buy a top of the line Synology NAS with a couple of 4TB WD Reds installed from my local computer store. That's much more interesting.

You can see the evolution of Garmin's product line as they get into dozens of different fitness trackers and other dedicated devices with GPS's in them.

...ken...
Boyd
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
You can see the evolution of Garmin's product line as they get into dozens of different fitness trackers and other dedicated devices with GPS's in them.
Here's an odd one that I just noticed on their website:https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/garmin-xero-auto-ranging-digital-bow-sight/
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Boyd
Interesting. I suppose it allows them to use a lot of the code in their distance and route calculation libraries from GPS and fitness trackers.

...ken...
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