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GPSMAP 65 vs GPSMAP 64 – Hands-on Review

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Posted: 08/10/2020 at 2:13 PM   /   by   /   comments (0)

Garmin has announced the new GPSMAP 65 Series. Not a whole lot has changed for the new models other then additional GNSS support. The new GPSMAP 65 series is available for order here.

GPSMAP 65 | $549 AUD – Compatible accessories and box contents available on this page

GPSMAP 65s | $629 AUD - Compatible accessories and box contents available on this page

What’s Changed

There is realistically only one major change to the new 65 models compared to their 64 counterparts.

  • Additional GNSS network support
    • QZSS
    • IRNSS

That’s it, two additional GNSS networks added the GPS. This won’t constitute an increase in positional accuracy. The only impact it may have is a faster connection acquisition and better signal retention.

GPSMAP 65 vs GPSMAP 64x vs GPSMAP 64 - Full Breakdown

General GPSMAP 64 GPSMAP 64x GPSMAP 65
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS 6.1 x 16.0 x 3.6 cm 6.1 x 16.0 x 3.6 cm 6.1 x 16.0 x 3.6 cm
DISPLAY SIZE (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm) (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm) 3.6 x 5.5 cm; 2.6" diagonal (6.6 cm)
DISPLAY RESOLUTION 160 x 240 pixels 160 x 240 pixels 160 x 240 pixels
DISPLAY TYPE Transflective, 65K colour TFT Transflective, 65K colour TFT Transflective, 65K colour TFT
WEIGHT 230g with batteries 217g with batteries 217 g with batteries
BATTERY TYPE 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
BATTERY LIFE 16 hours 16 hours 16 hours
WATER RATING IPX7 IPX7 IPX7
HIGH-SENSITIVITY RECEIVER Yes Yes Yes
INTERFACE High-speed mini USB and NMEA 0183 compatible High-speed mini USB and NMEA 0183 compatible High-speed mini USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
MEMORY/HISTORY 4 GB 8 GB (user space varies based on included mapping) 16 GB (user space varies based on included mapping)
Maps & Memory
PRELOADED MAPS No Yes (TopoActive; routable) Yes (TopoActive; routable)
ABILITY TO ADD MAPS Yes Yes Yes
BASEMAP Yes Yes Yes
AUTOMATIC ROUTING (TURN BY TURN ROUTING ON ROADS) No (additional mapping card needed) Yes Yes
MAP SEGMENTS 3000 3000 3,000
BIRDSEYE 250 BirdsEye Imagery files 250 BirdsEye Imagery files 250 BirdsEye Imagery files
INCLUDES DETAILED HYDROGRAPHIC FEATURES (COASTLINES, LAKE/RIVER SHORELINES, WETLANDS AND PERENNIAL AND SEASONAL STREAMS) no (additional mapping needed) Yes Yes
INCLUDES SEARCHABLE POINTS OF INTERESTS (PARKS, CAMPGROUNDS, SCENIC LOOKOUTS AND PICNIC SITES) no (additional mapping needed) Yes Yes
DISPLAYS NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL PARKS, FORESTS, AND WILDERNESS AREAS no (additional mapping needed) Yes Yes
EXTERNAL MEMORY STORAGE yes (32 GB max microSD™ card) yes (32 GB max microSD™ card) Yes (32 GB max microSD™ card)
WAYPOINTS/FAVORITES/LOCATIONS 5000 5000 5,000
TRACKS 200 200 200
TRACK LOG 10000 points, 200 saved tracks 10000 points, 200 saved tracks 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
ROUTES 200, 250 points per route; 50 points auto routing 200, 250 points per route; 50 points auto routing 200, 250 points per route; 50 points auto routing
Sensors
GPS Yes Yes Yes
GLONASS Yes Yes Yes
GALILEO Yes Yes Yes
GPS COMPASS (WHILE MOVING) Yes Yes Yes
Daily Smart Features
VIRB® REMOTE Yes Yes Yes
PAIRS WITH GARMIN CONNECT™ MOBILE Yes Yes Yes
SMART NOTIFICATIONS ON HANDHELD Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Recreation
POINT-TO-POINT NAVIGATION Yes Yes Yes
COMPATIBLE WITH BASECAMP™ Yes Yes Yes
AREA CALCULATION Yes Yes Yes
HUNT/FISH CALENDAR Yes Yes Yes
SUN AND MOON INFORMATION Yes Yes Yes
GEOCACHING-FRIENDLY Yes (Paperless) Yes (Paperless) Yes (Paperless)
CUSTOM MAPS COMPATIBLE yes (500 custom map tiles) yes (500 custom map tiles) yes (500 custom map tiles)
PICTURE VIEWER Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Applications
COMPATIBLE WITH GARMIN EXPLORE™ APP No No Yes
GARMIN EXPLORE WEBSITE COMPATIBLE No No Yes
Connections
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Yes - Bluetooth®, ANT+® No (only available on GPSMAP 64sx/csx) Yes - Bluetooth®, ANT+®