Garmin Oregon 650

Priced: $479.99 - $480.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 7 reviews.
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With an 8 megapixel camera, WAAS and GLONASS compatibility, dual orientation and customizable buttons, the Garmin Oregon 650 GPS offers a rich experience in handheld navigation and photography.

MapSource™ features data in DVD format to augment the info already on your GPS basemap. It allows you to view color maps on a computer with zoom/pan functions for easy map browsing. You can select maps in areas of interest and transfer them to a compatible GPS. English language only.
Compatible GPS Receivers: Astro, Colorado 300, Colorado 400c, Colorado 400i, Colorado 400t, Montana, Monterra, GPSMap 62 series, Edge 605, Edge 705, eTrex 20, eTrex 30, Legend HCx, eTrex Legend C, eTrex Vista HCx, eTrex Vista C, GPSMAP 276C, GPSMAP 278, GPSMAP 376C, GPSMAP 378, GPSMAP 478, GPSMAP 60C, GPSMAP 60CS, GPSMAP 60CSx, GPSMAP 60Cx, GPSMAP 620, GPSMAP 640, GPSMAP 76C, GPSMAP 76CS, GPSMAP 76CSx, GPSMAP 76Cx, nüvi 500, nüvi 550, Oregon 200, Oregon 300, Oregon 400c, Oregon 400i, Oregon 400t, Rino 520HCx, Rino 530HCx, Dakota 10, Dakota 20



  • Rugged, waterproof construction helps protect the unit from bumps, dust and moisture; meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (can be submerged to 1m for up to 30 min.)
  • Due to federal shipping restrictions regarding products with hazardous or flammable materials, this product can only be shipped via ground transportation. We’re sorry, but Next Day Air, 2nd Day Air, USPS Priority or Express shipping are not available for this item. Additionally, this product cannot be shipped to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Catalina Island, Puerto Rico, APO, FPO or international addresses. Thanks for your understanding.


  • Barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to help pinpoint your altitude; it also plots barometric pressure over time to track changing weather conditions
  • Reflective display technology uses external light, such as sunlight, along with an LED backlight to increase brightness
  • Wirelessly share your waypoints, tracks, routes, geocaches and maps with other Oregon 600-series devices; just touch “Send” to instantly transfer your information
  • With Garmin Connect™ compatibility, Oregon 650 lets you enjoy an online community where you analyze, categorize and share data
  • The Garmin Oregon 650 GPS comes with a NiMH battery pack, USB/charging cable, carabiner clip and user documentation
  • State-of-the-art dual battery system uses either a rechargeable NiMH battery pack (included) or traditional AA batteries (not included); battery life lasts up to 16 hours
  • Reflective display technology combines external light with the LED backlight to enhance screen brightness and visibility while conserving power by eliminating the need to turn up the backlight
  • Built-in 8 MP autofocus digital camera takes quality photos and geotags them so you can navigate right back to the exact spot they were taken
  • Brilliant, sunlight-readable touchscreen is reinforced for impact resistance; dual-orientation display lets you view maps and data in portrait or landscape mode
  • Full Track view shows your entire elevation profile; Future Plot uses your mapping data to predict the elevation profile of your route ahead
  • Flashlight mode features high and low brightness levels and a battery-saving strobe option
  • Built-in 3-axis electronic compass with accelerometer tilt compensation shows where you’re heading, even while standing still or not holding the device level
  • Included worldwide basemap features shaded relief; easily add more maps such as TOPO U.S. 24K and City Navigator® (sold separately) with the microSD™ card slot
  • Download up to 4 million geocache files from or and view full descriptions, logs, hints and photos
  • Multi-touch design accommodates easy operation while wearing gloves; customizable buttons allow 1-touch waypoint marking
  • Other features include a hunting/fishing calendar, sun and moon info, custom points of interest, and a picture viewer
  • Advanced waypoint management displays all of your data on one editable screen
  • Built-in basemap stores up to 4,000 waypoints, 200 routes and 200 tracks with up to 10,000 points
  • Dashboards let you hide/show app functions so you get the information you want at a glance and can multi-task without having to disable the app
  • Home screen shortcuts launch apps, switch profiles, apply settings, and start navigating with one touch
  • On-screen displays show your current speed, average speed, direction, moving time, stopped time, trip mileage, elevation, barometric pressure, and more
  • High-sensitivity WAAS- and GLONASS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction precisely locates your position quickly and maintains location even in heavy cover or deep canyons
  • Compatibility with Russian GLONASS system allows up to 20% faster and more reliable satellite acquisition, helpful in challenging spots such as deep canyons or heavy cover
  • BaseCamp™ trip-planning software lets you view and organize maps, waypoints and routes, and track and share your adventures with your friends
  • Layout options provide you with 33% more on-screen data at once; multiple pages of data fields can be added, each customizable with one of four layouts: 2 large fields, 1 large + 4 small fields, 6 small fields, or 8 small fields
  • Bluetooth compatibility lets you wirelessly transfer large files (such as photos, geocaches, routes, or custom maps) between Oregon 600-series devices; ANT+ compatibility allows for the use of heart rate or cadence sensors
  • When paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription (not included), BaseCamp™ allows you to download an unlimited amount of satellite imagery
  • GLONASS lets the Oregon 650 lock on to 24 more satellites than using GPS alone; WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) receiver is accurate to within 10 ft. in North America
  • Enjoy ANT+ wireless compatibility with the Chirp geocache transmitter, Tempe temperature sensor, heart rate monitors and cadence sensors (sold separately)
Simply tap your finger on the brightly colored, easy-to-read, 3" touch-screen display and explore like never before. Rugged, waterproof and easy to use, the dual-band GPS and GLONASS satellites provide excellent location accuracy. Includes barometric altimeter, three-axis electronic compass and ANT technology that gives you the ability to wirelessly exchange user routes, tracks, waypoints and paperless geocaches with other select Garmin devices. Bluetooth® capability allows you to transfer the same data to your computer. Dual orientation on the display lets you toggle between landscape and portrait views. Integrated basemap with digital elevation model data. Multitouch surface is glove-friendly and easy to read, even in sunlight. Waterproof down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes (IPX7 rated). Runs on two AA batteries (not included). Micro-SD-card compatible. Compatible with all Garmin spine-mountable accessories (not included). Features additional 8MP autofocus camera with an LED flashlight.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Take GPS mapping and positioning to a whole new level with the Garmin Oregon 650. This highly sensitive, highly accurate device uses some of the most advanced technology on the market to enhance your backpacking, kayaking, or road trips, while the built-in camera makes it extra easy to brag about your awesome vacation.

Country of Origin: Imported

Mountain Gear
The highly sensitive GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking abilities of Garmin's Oregon 650 GPS pair with a 3-axis electronic compass, world basemap, and advanced elevation plot to precisely map and locate where you've been and where you're going.
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Additional Sensors:Optional
Adjustable Declination:yes
Ant+ Enabled:Yes
Average battery life:16 hours
Barometric Altimeter:yes
Batteries:Rechargable NiMH pack/2 AA (sold separately)
Battery Life:Up to 16 hr.
Battery Type:Rechargable
Built-in Maps:Yes
Color Screen:Yes
Compact antenna:High-sensitivity
Dimensions:2.4 x 4.5 x 1.3 in. (6.1 x 11.4 x 3.3 cm)
Display Size:1.5 x 2.5 in. (3.8 x 6.3 cm); 3 in. (7.6 cm) diagonal
Display Type:Digital
Download Capable:Yes
Electronic Compass:Yes
Expandable memory:Yes
Gps Enabled:Yes
Heart Rate Monitor:Yes
In the box:Oregon 650 unit, worldwide basemap, NiMH battery pack, USB/charging cable, AC adapter, carabiner clip, and documentation
Internal memory:3.5 GB built-in/expandable microSD card slot
Map Software Compatible:Yes
Memory:microSD expandable; 3.5 GB internal
Number of routes:200
Number of waypoints:4,000 and unlimited geocaches
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Online Community:Yes
PC Compatible:yes
Position accuracy:WAAS-enabled 3 meters
Preloaded geocaches:No
Preloaded map:None
Screen Pixels:240 x 400 pixels
Screen Size:1.5x2.5 inc
Speed And Distance:Yes
Touch screen:Yes
Tracklog Points:10,000
Visual map display:Yes
Weight:7.4 oz. (209.8 g)
Wireless communication:Yes
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Garmin Oregon 650 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Nice unit!

I use it as a back-up device for navigation. I like it because it works well even in difficult terrain. I have nothing bad to say about it at this time. It is easy to see even in bright sunlight. Battery life is very good, and software is easy to install. It take a bit of getting used to, as in it has many features that need to be learned, but a bit of playing around with it will make it easy to utilize. I even found that the camera is handy to have, even though I did not think I would use it. I bought this unit over the 650T simply because I wanted greater topo detail, so I ended up purchasing the 24K map set to install instead of the preloaded maps. You will love the satellite terrain map feature as well, once you install it for the regions your are going to be in, it gives you a very usable birdseye image of the terrain you are in, love it!
ronnor58 at REI on 07/07/2013

Excellent All Around GPS

Purchased this GPS for a boundary waters canoe trip. Needed to be compact, accurate, versatile, waterproof and the camera was an added bonus. It is somewhat pricey, but when I considered I could use it in my vehicle in automotive mode, it became ultimately versatile, and worth the cost. Downloaded North America road map, as well as importing trail maps for the canoe trip and has worked well in both situations. Have started using it for geocaching and find its compact size a benefit when hiking and searching. Even though I have multiple camera options, I found this to be an additional convenience to quickly capture a scene and immediately have its location identified. Great for mapping locations on Google Maps, or Google Earth with photos.
It does take some time to understand all of the options and particularly the use of profiles to know how the mapping functions work in a given situation. They could provide a better online tutorial which would help.
ThomasC at REI on 08/08/2013

Bird Watcher

Had a Oregon 450 and bought this for rhe camera feature. Camera works great. Battery does not seem to last as long as battery in Oregon 450. Very easy to use and will have to remember to carry extra Lithieum batterys in case the charged batterys wear down. All features are faster then the Oregon 450 and if the Oregon 450 had a camera I would not have upgraded. To sum up I am happy with the Oregon 650
Nikkiemoe at Cabelas on 12/29/2013

Right on the money...

Can be your best friend. Worked great locating the snow covered trail a few times. Recorded the entire hike supported by a solar charger. Out of 30 pictures I only cared for one of them so camera isn't so great. All in all great device for safety and convenience.
WEAZ1 at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not worth the price

I bought this GPS from REI a few weeks ago, and I opted for the 650 because of the camera. Unfortunately, I can't use the camera because I get battery warnings after a few hours of use and it locks up even though the GPS says I still have fully charged batteries. Battery life is a huge issue with this GPS. The cited 16 hour battery life is based on the screen off the whole time. If you have the screen on, you get much less battery life or you can choose to have it turn the screen off automatically after a set interval which results in it turning itself off at inappropriate times (or killing the battery because and there no indicator to tell whether the screen is off or the GPS is off).

In my opinion, the primary advantage of this GPS over the cheaper Etrex 30 is the touchscreen unless you're like me and want to install the Garmin BlueChart SD card (sold separately) so you can get the tides (and marine maps) in which case the extra memory in the Oregon 600 series may be important. The touchscreen is a great feature, and makes inputting waypoint names much easier, but it's not worth the cost difference with the Etrex 30 given the battery issues in the Garmin 600 series.

If you really need the touchscreen, you might consider waiting until Garmin releases the Android based GPS (projected for Fall 2013). By then they might have figured out the battery issues and you'd have the added benefit of not being limited to the Garmin applications installed on the device. For example, the 650has an alarm application but no clock application or application to tell me what is going on with the batteries. The only way to find out the time or power status is to have them on as permanent fields to the screen which reduces the amount of other information shown.

The Oregon 600 series works (sort of) but the camera is definately not worth the additional cost and I couldn't recommend buying any of them at this time.
Greg the kayaker at REI on 07/07/2013

Poor choice

I bought this gps thinking it would be an excellent purchase. WRONG!! I was way off the mark. The gps is good as far as features and how well it functions but it chews through batteries like mad. I brought four batteries with me on the week long goat hunt I was on and it used them up in the first two days. Very disappointed. ;-(
Bigbuckslayer76 at Cabelas on 12/23/2013

Neutral Reviews:

battery problem is definately a concern

I own two of these 650's. One of them is saying I can't take pics due to low battery life (with brand new lithiums in it). I have tried multiple batteries and they all say the same thing. The problem is worse now that it stopped charging the rechargeables.
The other unit is working fine and does look good in all environment on the screen.
It is nice to have a touchscreen that works in the field. Definately a step up from button pushing.
Lostbutok at REI on 09/09/2013