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Going On A Photo Road Trip

Be ready for anything by packing for a journey with the essentials

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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).

Garmin nüvi 1490T

Magellan RoadMate 1475T

TomTom GO 740 LIVE

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.

Brunton Solaris 52

Magellan’s Maestro 4700 GPS features an ultraslim, 4.7-inch, color touch screen that shows your position, including map route, destination, estimated arrival time, points of interest, street names and more. You can navigate hands-free using voice commands, make or receive calls using a Bluetooth-compatible cell phone and even connect direct to AAA (if a member) in an emergency. The Find Your Car feature lets you mark where you left your car and will guide you back to it. List Price: $299.

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.

Brunton Solo 7.5
The TomTom GO 740 LIVE is TomTom’s top car unit, providing a real-time connection to traffic info, fuel prices, local search via Google and more. You can add, update and personalize your maps instantly, as well as share them. IQ Routes technology calculates routes based on real average speeds rather than speed limits. Advanced Lane Guidance clarifies navigating tricky junctions, and Fast Route Re-Calculation instantly recalculates if you miss a turn. List Price: $399.

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).

Brunton, (800) 443-4871

Garmin, (800) 800-1020

Gitzo (Bogen), (201) 818-9500
Induro, (914) 347-3300

Kirk Enterprises, (800) 626-5074

Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE
Magellan, (800) 707-9971

Manfrotto (Bogen), (201) 818-9500

Pelican, (800) 473-5422

Really Right Stuff, (888) 777-5557
Slik (THK Photo),
(800) 421-1141


Sunpak (ToCAD America)
(973) 627-9600

Tamrac, (800) 662-0717

TomTom, (866) 486-6866


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