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News, events, product information and behind-the-scenes info from Garmin Australia.

Our news releases and product announcements are listed chronologically, starting with the most recent. You can find the newest product announcements in each of our markets by selecting a category from the menu on the left. You can also find announcements of partnerships we've formed with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other corporate news.

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Garmin® Offers the Complete System with New Boating Peripherals Next-Generation Radar, Wind Sensors and Audio System Announced

GMR18xHD_HR_2357Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a wide range of marine peripherals that can enhance safety and the enjoyment of boaters’ time on the water.  The peripherals include next-generation radars, a series of new wind transducers and a fully integrated in-boat audio system.

 

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Garmin® Software Update Brings New Features to GPSMAP® and echoMAP™ Series

Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced an exciting software update for the GPSMAP and echoMAP series of combination chartplotter and fishfinder units.  With this update, new features are made available to all users, providing essential boating data and sharing capabilities.     

 

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Garmin® Announces Versatile New Combination Chartplotter Series New GPSMAP® 800 and 1000 Series Benefits Boaters of All Types

Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new series of combination chartplotters with built-in scanning sonar capability and the ability to network with pre-existing combination units.  The GPSMAP 800 and 1000 series provide pivotal features beneficial for boaters of any type.

 

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Garmin® Helm™ Mobile App Provides Chartplotter Monitoring and Control Capability

Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced Garmin Helm, a free mobile application that allows boaters to view and control their multi-function chartplotters from the convenience of their mobile device.  With full access to all multi-function menus, screens and features, Garmin Helm provides the ability to monitor and control the navigational systems while away from the helm.

 

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Garmin® Introduces DownVü and SideVü Scanning Sonar New Fishfinders, Combination Units and Sonar Blackbox Available

Echo551dv_HR_100.2Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced DownVü and SideVü, their down and side-scanning sonar technology that provides high resolution imagery and excellent precision for what’s in the water below and beside the boat.

 

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A New Way to View Directions: Garmin® Introduces Its First Portable Head-up Display (HUD)

Sydney, 16 September 2013 – Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced HUD, the company’s first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation apps.  HUD is an innovative device that projects clear directions onto the car windscreen, making it easy for drivers to navigate to their destination without losing sight of the road ahead. 

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There’s A Coach In Every Watch— Garmin® Forerunner® 620 and 220

UnknownGarmin, the global leader in satellite navigation today announced the Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220 GPS running watches – one of the lightest, thinnest, most advanced offerings for runners from Garmin, and the next best thing to having a personal running coach. The Forerunner 620 offers advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate to help runners train smarter and achieve new race goals. When used with the NEW HRM-Run™ monitor¹, the 620 also provides feedback on running form. For indoor training, like on a treadmill, the 620 and 220’s built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace, so runners don’t need a separate sensor. 

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Garmin® Enters the Action Camera Market with Compact, Waterproof, Easy-to-use HD Cameras, VIRB™ and VIRB Elite™



VIRBSydney, 27th August, 2013 —
Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced VIRB, its first true HD 1080p action camera series. From action sports to family holidays, VIRB combines a unique feature set that makes it easier than ever to capture life’s memories. VIRB features a rugged and waterproof (IPX-7) housing, so there is no extra case necessary to withstand the elements. The unique 1.4-inch Chroma colour display makes setup and playback a breeze and uses minimal power so VIRB can record up to three hours of true HD (1080p) video on one charge. On-board video enhancement features such as digital image stabilisation and lens distortion correction ensure that footage recorded with VIRB will look great, even before editing. VIRB can capture high quality still photos while the video camera is recording. VIRB Elite incorporates all these features, plus has built-in WiFi, data sensors and a high-sensitivity GPS. Both VIRB and VIRB Elite feature ANT+™ connectivity for remote control functionality with other Garmin products, and for data transfer with other fitness sensors. 

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Measure Where it Matters — Garmin® Vector™

Vector_HR_174Sydney, 8th August, 2013 — Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the availability of its highly anticipated Vector – a high-precision pedal-based power meter – designed for cyclists, by cyclists. Vector is a lightweight direct measurement power meter, designed for quick installation, portability, and ease-of-use. Taking only minutes to install, Vector provides accurate and reliable power data and uniquely measures and presents right and left leg power balance to ANT+™ compatible head units. Vector is available immediately and will be prominently displayed at Eurobike, Interbike and the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI.

 

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The New Garmin® Oregon® Series Packs a Punch

Garmin-Oregon_650t-thegadgetclub.net_Sydney, 30th May, 2013, Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the all new Oregon 600, 650 and 600t (“t” indicating pre-loaded TOPO maps) touchscreen handheld GPS devices, featuring high-sensitivity GPS + GLONASS, pre-loaded TOPO Australia and New Zealand on the t model, worldwide basemap with shaded relief and a faster processor.  Users won’t just look at maps, they will interact with them by zooming in, panning out, and rotating using multi-touch in all conditions, even while wearing most gloves. The reflective display technology boosts touchscreen brightness making maps and displays as vivid in full bright sunlight as they are in shade. Mark the memories with an 8MP autofocus camera with digital zoom and automatic flash/torch, plus customisable buttons for one-touch image capture and waypoint marking— making the Oregon series a must have for serious outdoorsmen.

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Integrating the Look and Feel of a Glass Helm, Garmin® Introduces Both the GPSMAP® 8000 MFD and GPSMAP 8500 Black Box Series

Sydney, 22nd May, 2013, Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, their newest flagship series added to an already extensive line of multi-function devices. Introducing a true glass helm appearance into the boating industry, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series boasts powerful new features and a revamped user-interface with a streamlined design that can make any helm look custom-built.

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Garmin® Introduces New GPSMAP® 500 and 700 Series Chartplotter and Combo Units

Sydney, 22nd May, 2013, Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a premier addition to their fully-integrated line of GPSMAP series chartplotters and combination plotter/sonar units. Boasting a sleek new design, vibrant touchscreen and unsurpassed positioning technology, these new models offer boaters and anglers the features they demand.

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