Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Going On A Photo Road Trip
Be ready for anything by packing for a journey with the essentials
The most important part of going out on the road is finding your way back. Garmin offers a multitude of GPS systems for tracking yourself and your progress. The Dakota 10 and Dakota 20 handheld touch-screen navigation systems are a great portable GPS solution for the field, with HotFix satellite prediction and a built-in worldwide base map (more maps are downloadable). The 2.6-inch color interface is readable in sunlight and waterproof in the rain. The Dakota 20 steps up the offerings with a barometric altimeter for pinpointing altitude and changing weather conditions, a three-axis electronic compass and a microSD card slot for expanding storage capacity. List Price: $299 (Dakota 10); $349 (Dakota 20).
For frequent travelers, the Garmin nüvi 1490T includes a big, five-inch touch-screen display for highlighting map details and directions on the road and in the wild. As an added bonus for photographers, the 1490T is capable of displaying images on the JPEG picture viewer and offers navigation directly to geotagged photos from the Garmin Connect Photos site. While driving, the 1490T offers multiple-point routing and lane assist, with a junction view for managing highway interchanges and up-to-date traffic alerts for most cities, as well as ecoRoute, a feature that calculates fuel-efficient routes and keeps track of fuel usage. List Price: $499.
Magellan’s top RoadMate unit, the 1475T, also features a large, 4.7-inch color touch screen, along with subscription-free Traffic Link live traffic updates, built-in AAA TourBook, OneTouch favorite menu for instant access to your personalized bookmarks and more. You can select routes for shortest distance, fastest time, most use of freeways or least use of freeways. List Price: $299.
The last thing you need when shooting far from home is to run out of power. Whether it’s batteries or adapters, keeping your equipment juiced up at alltimes is essential. The Brunton Solaris 52 is solar-powered, portable and features 12V output for charging cameras, laptops and other devices. It’s made up of multisection folding panels, which means it’s easy to store and use while on the road. You also can link multiple units for more output. Also made by Brunton is the rechargeable Solo 7.5, which works for laptops, cell phones and camera chargers. What’s key, though, is that it only weighs four pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,298 (Solaris 52); $372 (Solo 7.5).
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