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Garmin Rino 530

Garmin Rino 530
alaScore 70

73 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Garmin Rino 530. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the memory and design are overall positive. The maps and screen are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the route planning and size. Views are divided on the performance.

usability, screen, maps, design, memory

reliability, price, durability, size, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Rino 530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin Rino 530


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Garmin Rino 530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on People really like the performance. The size also gets good feedback. Views are divided on the design. There are some less positive opinions about the durability and price.

size, performance

price, durability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Rino 530 Suction CupGarmin Rino 530 Suction Cup

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin Rino 530


alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Garmin Rino 530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on People really like the memory and durability. The maps and screen are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the size and route planning.

usability, screen, maps, durability, memory

reliability, performance, price, route planning, size

56% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Rino 530 14-Mile 22-Channel Waterproof FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio and GPS NavigatorGarmin Rino 530 14-Mile 22-Channel Waterproof FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio and GPS Navigator

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin Rino 530 Review


UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For more current recommendations, please refer to our handheld GPS buyers guide or our Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart. The Garmin Rino 530 is the flagship model in Garmin's product line that marries GPS...

Feb, 2006

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Good device


I suppose this may be a review fairly short on details, but only because this thing does it all and there isn't enough space or time to talk it all! This is for the 530HCX by the way, not sure if they even make a 530 anymore. There is no opinion...

Satellite tracking in coverBattery life

Short waypoint names2GB memory limitCost

Dec, 2008

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Garmin 530HCx


I currently own the Rino 530 and and 530HCx. The 530HCx is more sensitive and does pick up satellites quicker. When compared to a 76CSx it keeps a signal under cover, but is unable to hone in on the target like the 76CSx. You may get 15-20ft and it...

Quickly picks up signal, lots of extras and features

Only 500 waypoints, seems to get fuzzy when within 15-20ft of waypoint under cover

Sep, 2007

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Garmin 530 GPS


I use this device for navigating around the woods at night training hunting hounds. I also use it for snowmobiling, hiking, and deer hunting. It is an excellent device, and very accurate. I use it with topo maps and compasses. It is very reliable. The...

Excellent accuracy, many useful features. Walkie talkie, altimeter and compass included

Screen is small; doesn't show as much topographic detail as I would like

Jul, 2007

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UPDATED: Almost worth it...


I've waited since the Rino 120 was new for these features. You have to go to the web site to see all the features. This thing is loaded. I travel constantly in a 3 hour radius of my home and I am able to load all the area detailed maps. The "Find"...

Everything is better. Love the USB connection, color, better buttons

NEED to buy the MapSource City Navigator. Battery requires the adapter to charge

Sep, 2006

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Good Unit


I waited a long time for this and it was worth it. The more people to buy them the better. It does everything it needs to. CON: Needs a plastic piece to charge battery. Garmin only gives you one. If it breaks or you loose it, you are done, no way to...

Nice color screen, excellent battery life

Break or loose the plastic piece to charge the battery and you are done

Apr, 2006

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A Geek's Dream Come True


They Did What?

Super battery life, great GPS reception, repeater capabilities on radio, easy to use

No peer to peer positioning across repeaters. Radio lacks DCS and more serious radio

Apr, 2006

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Loaded. Radio/GPS


I purchased this system with the intent of using it in the mountains of Colorado. Colorado offers a lot in the way of outdoors. It offers beautiful scenery and many types of sports like rock climbing, skiing, snow shoeing, mountain climbing, hiking,...

Good GPS, 5watt radio, NOAA Weather Channels Tons of features

Expensive, complicated. Poorly designed and fragile belt clip

Mar, 2006

Product Specifications

No matter where your outdoor activities take you, the Rino 530 keeps you on track and in touch. Similar to the 520, this rugged, two-way radio with GPS packs a bold color display, 14-mile communication range, and turn-by-turn directions - giving you peace of mind in the great outdoors. Taking it a step further, the Rino 530 adds an electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and NOAA weather receiver, making it a favorite with hikers and climbers Exclusive position-reporting capability and a host of other unique features, make the 530 one of the best all-in-one two-way radio and GPS receivers around. As with other members of the Rino family, the 530's patented location-reporting feature allows you to send and receive GPS positions with other Rino users in your group. One call to your partner's Rino, and your location shows up on the map page. You can even poll another Rino user's location in emergency situations.


Run Time (Up To):16hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220


Built-in camera: No


Form Factor:Handheld

Dimensions & Weight



Display number of colors:262144 colours
Display Resolution:176 x 220
Display size (HxV):1.7 x 1.3
Display size (HxV) (imperial):1.7 x 1.3
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):16
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

GPS Performance

Channels quantity:22

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America / South America/North America / South America

GPS System

Connectivity:Serial / USB/Serial / USB
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver / two-way radio

GPS Type

Auto: No
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): Yes
Sport (fitness, running): No


Country Kits:Canada
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin RINO


Ability to add maps: Yes


Waterproof: Yes


Automatic routing: Yes
Barometric altimeter: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Live service: No
Routes quantity:50
Tracklog Points:10000
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Internal memory:56

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery life (max):16
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Technical Details

Area calculation: Yes
Form Factor:Handheld
Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
Image viewer: No
Number of Waypoints:500
Sun & moon information: Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer: No

Weight & Dimensions