Garmin's new touchscreen GPS adds 3.2MP camera

Seems like every device these days has to do double-duty. Phones must have cameras, cameras must play music, games need GPS, and now, GPS units must take pictures.

The new Garmin Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t are handheld GPS units with a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with 4x digital zoom. The camera has 850MB of internal storage but also has a microSD card slot for additional storage and data transfer. The pictures are geotagged so you can know exactly where they were taken.

From a company like Garmin, you know the waterproof GPS is gonna rock. It has detailed street maps and turn-by-turn directions. It has hiking-specific topo maps and marine data too. Best yet — both models are compatible with Garmin's heart-rate and speed/cadence sensors from the Edge and Forerunner, so you can use them on a bike or while running. The screen is designed to be legible in bright sunlight.

The Oregon 550t comes preloaded with 100k topo maps with 3D elevation and will retail for $600. The Oregon 550 will sell for $500, and the release date hasn't been confirmed. They each weigh 6.8 ounces and run for 16 hours on a single charge.

The inclusion of a camera makes sense to me: I'm here, and it looks like *snap* this!

Via CrunchGear