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Garmin GPSMAP 530s

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of Garmin GPSMAP 530s. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and reliability are on the whole positive. The size and performance are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the price. Comments are divided on the screen.

usability, performance, size, reliability, durability


On average, users rate this product 72/100.

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Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin GPSMAP 78s review


Hands on with the Garmin GPSMAP 78s The Garmin GPSMAP 78s brings the first major update to the GPSMAP handheld line in over four years. The reason for it taking so long is that Garmin had a huge hit with the 60/76 series, and instead of messing with a...

Excellent menu setup; fast access to features ; Bright screen ; It floats ; Ability to load Garmin custom maps and BirdsEye aerial imagery ; Paperless geocaching ; Tri-axial compass ; Extensive customization options ; Advanced track navigation ;...

Small, low resolution screen ; Text entry more difficult than on a touchscreen Oregon ; Inaccurate elevation gain reports ; Does not work with standard mounts ; Bulky ; Patch antenna adversely impacts accuracy when unit is held vertically

Highly recommended; probably the best marine handheld series currently made by Garmin. One reason I say this is due to the bright screen, which should outperform any touchscreen in the kind of bright conditions you're likely to find on the water.

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: Jeff W (

GPS Map 530 Inland floats above others


Used the product on Lake Erie and found it completely reliable.

"Strong Construction","Easy To Read","Compact","Simple Controls","Easy To Set Up","Reliable Performance"

"A bit expensive"

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: Captain of the Big Lake (

color good-capability short


Compared to Garmin road products which are champs at user friendly - manual leaves you guessing on how to build routes from waypoints.

"Updates quickly","Sharp Color","Clear tracks displayed"

"Using waypoints awkward","Lake W had no depths","Bad Value"

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

The slim-line fresh water GPSMAP 530s flush-mounts easily in your boat and sports preloaded, detailed maps for U.S. inland lakes. The 530s also features a 5" QVGA display and simple, straightforward buttons and menus. You can add the optional BlueChart g2 Vision SD card for even more enhanced features. The 530s comes preloaded with detailed maps for U.S. inland lakes, including 5300 lakes with shoreline, depth contours, and more. Over 300 of these lakes are enhanced with extra Inland Lakes Vision features. For areas outside the U.S., the 530s has a worldwide basemap with satellite images in place of more traditional maps. The SD card slot makes it easy to add additional maps without connecting to a computer. And with just a few buttons and a simple, intuitive interface, the 530s makes navigating your way through the water easy. The 530s boasts advanced Inland Lakes Vision features for 300 of the most popular lakes. 3D mariner's eye view or fish eye view provides you with a 3-dimensional perspective of map information, both above the waterline and below it. Higher-resolution satellite images help you orient yourself in unfamiliar areas. Auto guidance technology searches through map data to suggest the best passage. The GPSMAP 530s comes with a powerful dual frequency or dual beam transducer that clearly paints depth contours, fish targets and structure. It's also CANet compatible, so you can share sounder data with another chartplotter on your boat.