Gear Reviews

Trimble Outdoors Geocache Navigator

This top-shelf GPS can pinch hit as a digital camera.

Brand: Trimble Outdoors

Model: Geocache Navigator


Make a better mousetrap. That’s what Garmin did when they combined their award-winning Oregon 400t (Editors’ Choice Award, April 2009) with a 3.2-megapixel camera, creating a top-shelf GPS that can pinch-hit as a point-and-shoot. As a result, our map contributors came back with more trail photos than usual, all geo-referenced to their exact location. And the whole thing is a cinch to use, thanks to a three-inch color touch screen and universal icons that even a non-GPS user can understand.

You can access preloaded terrain maps in 3D, save up to 200 tracks and 2,000 waypoints, and use the microSD slot to expand the unit’s 850MB memory. Camera caveat: The 4x digital zoom and autofocus lens are best suited to landscape (not action) photos, and the image quality is best for blogs (not wall art). Bonus: The price includes a battery charger and two rechargeable AAs (expect 10-12 hours of runtime). $600; 5.3 oz.;

Whether you are a seasoned geocacher or you are doing it for the first time, Geocache Navigator lets you instantly become a treasure hunter directly from your GPS-enabled mobile phone. There is no preplanning, mapping or writing down clues – everything you need is at the touch of your hand.

Geocache Navigator is an easy and affordable application. No special equipment is needed. Everything is instantaneously accessible so you can have fun whenever and wherever you want. Simply start the application on your phone and begin finding treasures – all you need is right there:

* Connect wirelessly to
* Search for geocaches in your area on-the-go
* Read logs, descriptions and hints on your phone
* View cache locations on a map
* Find your way to the cache using a digital compass or unique radar-like display
* Mark caches wirelessly as found from your phone