Garmin Rolls Out New Large Format Multi-Function Displays
25 January 2008
Garmin has introduced in the UK a new line of big-screen multi-function displays (MFDs), designed for use in larger yachts and motorboats – the Touchscreen GPSMAP 5015 and the GPSMAP 4010.
“These new displays are versatile, powerful and stylish” said Chris Boyle, Garmin’s UK Marine Product Manager. “Their vivid, big, and bright displays catch the eye, but they boast plenty of cutting-edge, market-leading innovations as well.”
The GPSMAP 5015 has a whopping 15-inch diagonal XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) sunlight readable touchscreen display. The touchscreen makes navigating menus a snap because the “virtual buttons” change depending on the function. It also eliminates the need for “hard” buttons, so saving space and allowing you to fit a bigger screen at your helm. Garmin Touchscreen 5000 series displays are also available with 12 inch and 8 inch screens.
The GPSMAP 4010 features a 10.4-inch diagonal SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) sunlight readable display with a conventional alphanumeric keypad and a row of soft keys for easy data input. Within this family, Garmin already offers the 4012 and 4008 twelve and eight inch products.
These new MFDs feature Garmin’s revolutionary new user interface that lets users intuitively see and select the information they want, while eliminating the clutter they don’t – all with fewer button pushes. All 2008 units also feature a stylish new design that compliments today’s modern boats.
Both of the new units are fully network compatible with the Garmin Marine Network, including other Garmin 4000 and 5000 displays, GPS, digital radar, autopilot, sonar, and other sensors. The 5015 and 4010 units have three built-in network ports, four NMEA 0183 inputs, two NMEA 0183 outputs, one NMEA 2000 port, two video inputs for onboard cameras, and one PC monitor video output.
The new displays come with a worldwide satellite imagery basemap to enhance the standard vector chart format. However Garmin’s optional BlueChart g2 Vision enhanced cartography – conveniently available on a pre-programmed SD card, – offers a wide range of clever and helpful features. In addition to high resolution satellite imagery, g2 Vision features true 3D “Mariner’s Eye View” above water or a “Fish Eye” underwater perspective – both in three dimensions. The g2 Vision data card also enables auto guidance technology on compatible units – searching all the chart attributes to quickly and conveniently suggest the best navigational course to your destination. For help in navigating tricky harbours and channels – or locating marinas and resorts – g2 Vision cards offer a growing database of aerial reference photos. BlueChart g2 Vision capabilities are only available when the optional card is loaded in a compatible chartplotter.
The GPSMAP 5015 and GPSMAP 4010 will be available in March 2008. Visit www.garmin.co.uk for more information.
Recommended Retail Prices :
GPSMAP 4010 – £1799.99 inc VAT
GPSMAP 5015 – £4499.99 inc VAT
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