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Old 12-30-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Montana Camera. Is it worth it?

Trying to decide between a Montan 600 or 650. Seems the only difference is the 650 has the built in camera. Besides that the side by side specs look identical. Just wondering if the camera is worth the extra expense and if you actually use it? I don't really want topo because from what I have been told the City Navigator has pretty much any trail or fire road on it I will ever use. Just wondering if I really need the camera?
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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Er... not quite identical - the 650 has more memory. Although it is used by the topo 100k set that comes on it, nothing says you have to keep that map set.
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Er... not quite identical - the 650 has more memory. Although it is used by the topo 100k set that comes on it, nothing says you have to keep that map set.
It comes with City Navigator too, right?

City Navigator has many Forest Service roads on it but not nearly all
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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It comes with City Navigator too, right?

City Navigator has many Forest Service roads on it but not nearly all
Nope. Just that topo. Unless you buy some kind of bundle.
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Nope. Just that topo. Unless you buy some kind of bundle.
Ah, that is what I must have seen for sale.

I think I want City Navigator. City Navigator seems really go to me, nearly as complete as my Delorme maps.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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Er... not quite identical - the 650 has more memory. Although it is used by the topo 100k set that comes on it, nothing says you have to keep that map set.
The 650T has the extra memory, and Topo maps. The 650 and 600 are identical except for the camera. And for $40, the camera is worth having, though my wife had to convince me to get it. Glad I did, though.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:49 PM   #7
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The 650T has the extra memory, and Topo maps. The 650 and 600 are identical except for the camera. And for $40, the camera is worth having, though my wife had to convince me to get it. Glad I did, though.
Good to hear the camera is worth it. I have been leaning towards not buying the 650 even though it's only $40 more. Can't see me ever really using the camera but with my luck I would buy the 600 and be out on a trail somewhere and want to take a photo of something and want the camera. I use a Gopro but guess you can never have enough backup's..
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:29 AM   #8
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I use a Gopro but guess you can never have enough backup's..
You've got to get out of the mindset of saying "I already have enough cameras". The Montana camera is not a great camera but it geotags the picture location immediately, and makes it really easy to remember, and navigate back to that place. Sure, you can geotag photos outside of your gps but will you remember to do so?

And with the Montana's Wireless transfer, you can send the tagged photo to similar gps units. My wife and I have done this many times, and it's really useful.

So to pay an extra $40 for a waterproof camera which you've always got with you and whose batteries are always recharging, assuming you mount the unit, or carry AAs as backup, is a bargain to me. The GoPro battery doesn't last very long, in my experience anyway.
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Good to hear the camera is worth it. I have been leaning towards not buying the 650 even though it's only $40 more. Can't see me ever really using the camera but with my luck I would buy the 600 and be out on a trail somewhere and want to take a photo of something and want the camera. I use a Gopro but guess you can never have enough backup's..
I didn't think I would use the one in my Oregon 550 either but it turns out to be the handiest darn thing. The GPS is always right at hand when I want to take a quick photo. I usually use it to snap a picture of a landmark to take advantage of the geotag feature plus it posts it in base camp when I download my tracks from the ride.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:54 AM   #10
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For me, it was not worth it. On rides I take my phone and good camera in addition to the Montana, I just don't see a justification for a third camera.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #11
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I have owned a Montana with a camera since they became available. I have over 400hrs of offroad use on it. I have used the camera a lot.

At first I though the camera would be handy to have, then pictures are geocoded and quick to download etc.

But the downside is the picture quality is crap. It only works well in very good light. The colours are rotten. I ride in very rough terrain (B+ level single track and worse) so my Montana is on a lanyard. Its a pain to clip off the montana, wipe the crap off the lens and then shoot - all for a crappy photo.

You'd be better off with a $100 weather sealed point and shoot in your jacket pocket. Thats what I have now.
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You'd be better off with a $100 weather sealed point and shoot in your jacket pocket. Thats what I have now.
If what you're looking for is great pictures I agree and that's why I usually carry about 4 cameras but it still makes sense to me to have a camera in the Montana, and it's got nothing to do with the "quality" of the pictures.
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A few examples of Montana pictures...









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