gps – Magellan Triton 2000

The Magellan Triton 2000 stores far fewer track log points and has much less battery life than other GPS systems we reviewed but this unit has something rarely seen in similar GPS units – a camera. That will add a whole new dimension to your outdoor adventures. And shorter battery life may be worth it when you consider the added capabilities of this unit. Aside from the camera, there is a voice recorder and digital music player. Each of these will add a layer of enjoyment to your experiences and offer something rare among comparable GPS systems.


With the two-megapixel camera you can take photos along the way and attach them to waypoints so you can find your way back to the same spot. Photos will also make the recounting of your treks much more fun for family and friends. You can tell vivid stories with vivid color photos. Add your comments with the voice recorder, and your retelling will be even more fun. The camera and voice recorder could also have very practical applications for those who work with GPS systems in areas like forestry. A photo and comments from the field about specific locations will help keep information organized and easy to find later.

A built-in music player means you can upload your favorite tunes to Magellan Triton 2000 with an SD card. There is also an audio jack so you can plug in your headphones for a personalized soundtrack to your explorations. Other creature comforts with Magellan Triton 2000 include a touch-screen interface and easy-to-use menus.

This unit may look daintier than some GPS systems, but it shares the IPX7 waterproof rating of most of the other GPS systems we reviewed. A drop into a pond will not spell the end of this device. It also is designed to offer accurate location information – within three meters of exact location when in a WAAS zone. A built-in barometer can provide a heads-up about changing weather conditions, and a satellite status screen offers information about satellites and the signal strength being used to give you your location.

A built-in basemap portrays worldwide geographic boundaries and the major highways, bodies of water, city centers and more of the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada. It is fairly easy to expand the included content with additional maps. Triton 2000 is even compatible with the National Geographic TOPO! State series, a detailed set of topographic maps based on U.S. Geological Survey data. Not all GPS systems can offer that. This device can also offer you information about the best hunting and fishing times, elevation profiles of your trail, sunrise/sunset times and more.

Magellan Triton 2000 comes with a one-year warranty, basically the norm for GPS systems. Their FAQs page was easy to navigate and quite helpful, with the exception of the Ask Maggie feature. The answers we got from “Maggie” were not even closely related to our questions.

If you are willing to trade some battery life for a few good added features this unit is for you. The camera and voice recorder will add to your wonderful adventures outdoors.