With it's distinctive camouflaged case, the Garmin eTrex Camo is a GPS receiver
perfect for the hunter, bird watcher, or nature photographer. The durable, waterproof
case can handle the elements without giving away your position to anything you're
Having a weight of only 5.3 ounces and measuring 2.0" W x 4.4" H x 1.2" D, the
Garmin eTrex Camo isn't a problem to take anywhere. The grayscale LCD screen has
adjustable contrast to adapt to any light conditions. And its also backlit for clear
readings even in total darkness. To prevent excessive battery drain, the receiver
has a backlight shutoff timer, which turns it off after 30 seconds.
Pressing the Page button on the eTrex Camo cycles between the four main screen
displays. The Satellite Page shows the position of GPS satellites the receiver is
tracking and the strength of their signals. The accuracy of GPS position calculations
varies from location to location and so the Satellite Page includes an estimate of
the current accuracy.
To navigate with the Garmin eTrex Camo, you create a set of reference points,
"waypoints", to make a map. And these waypoints are marked in an overhead view on the
Map Page. You identify them with both a name and symbol. With two or more waypoints,
you have a route you can follow. An animated figure shows your location and there's a line
marking your route. As you move along the route, the route line behind the figure
is changed to a tracking line, showing the actual path you took.
You can save 10 of these tracks in the eTrex's memory and they can be followed later
either forwards or backwards.
On the Navigation Page, there's a graphic of a compass showing the direction
you're moving and a reading of your current speed. If you're following a route,
it name, distance, time to reach it, and its direction will also be displayed. As
with other GPS receivers, the eTrex Camo can only show your direction when moving.
When you're still, it can't tell what direction you're facing. Other trip information
accessed from this page includes your elevation, distance traveled, and your position
For setting up and using the features of the Garmin eTrex Camo, there's the
Main Menu Page. You start with this page when you want to create or review waypoints,
create a route, save or review track logs, or set operation preferences. When reviewing
waypoints, you can also find out what are the best hunting and fishing times for the
location and date. The sun and moon rise and set times, and moon phases can also be shown
for any waypoint and date.
Position Accuracy of the eTrex Camo is within 15 meters or less than 5 meters if
you're also using a Differential GPS (DGPS) beacon receiver. The two AA batteries
that supply the power for the 12-channel receiver can last up to 22 hours in the
battery saver mode (the receiver is cycled on and off).