I normally associate Garmin with consumer level portable GPS devices, but today’s announcement is something quite a bit more substantial. The Garmin GPSMAP 5000 Series comes with a tagline that reads: High-Tech Meets High-Touch. This family of multifunction displays (MFDs) gets you a sleek, super-bright touchscreen chartplotters “that are as easy to use as they are powerful.”
The screens on these marine electronics are large and in charge. The flagship GPSMAP 5212, for example, comes with a huge 12.-inch XGA color touchscreen capable of a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, all while being super-bright and ultra-waterproof. Teh on-screen interface eliminates the clutter that would have been created by “hard” buttons. You’ll get to view high-resolution satellite imagery, a “mariner’s eye view” with a true 3D map perspective, and a “fish eye view” for “underwater 3D bathymetric contour perspective. The latter two come by way of BlueChart g2 Vision technology.
If you’re interesting in nabbing one of these fine pieces of navigating and chartplotting technology, you’ll have to fork out quite the pretty penny. Several pennies, in fact, as the GPSMAP 5212, 5208, 5012, and 5008 come with price tags that read $3500, $3000, $3400, and $2900, respectively. Bear in mind, of course, that these devices aren’t exactly comparable to garden-variety navigators. In this way, the Garmin GPSMAP 5000 series is said to offer “tremendous value when compared to other chartplotters on the market.” Shipping is expected to commence in June.