Major Garmin software update for 5×7/7×1/800/1000 and 8000 series

Garmin has sent out a major software update on June 30th 2014. The software update has

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs on boat
Garmin GPSMAP 741xs and other new GPSMAP devices gets a big software update

a lot of new features I for one have cried out for. Kudos to Garmin for listening! Garmin seem like they are really upping their game and catching up with Navico/Simrad/Lowrance and Raymarine.

So if you have one of the latest generation Garmin GPSMAP devices the software update in general covers:

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Manuals for Garmins new 8000 series are available for download

Revision A of Garmins 8000 Series (8008,8208,8012,8212, 8015, 8215 & 8500) are now available online.

No mention of the CAN interfaces so far though – but matches up quite well with the Garmin new GPSMAP 700 (721/741) series where the 12 pin sonar connector is not mentioned and the Network port is reserved for “future use”. So it seems like Garmin are keeping some goodies for later.

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Installation Manual

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Operations Manual

The quick start manual is completely garbled – but Garmin might update that – so here is that link as well

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Quick Start Manual

Older Garmin Series 8000 Posts:

Garmin 8000


More Garmin GPSMAP 8008 & 8208 info with picture

Well I was just blind. The new products are still on Garmins page at the button of the page Garmin GPSMAP 8008


But in short – Garmin GPSMAP 8008 and GPSMAP 8208 – 800×600 multi touch screen – LED Backlight – 2 new CAN Ports ? (House and Engine??) – NMEA 2000 port – usual NMEA 0183′ ports – 4 Garmin Marine Network ports – DVI display output port – 2 BNC video input ports.

The new version introduces something Garmin calls SmartMode (TM) control. Which according to Garmin means you can setup “multi screen presets” without having to switch each screen individually.

Garmin GPSMAP 8208

They do look great – but the GPSMAP 8008/8208 are different in size from the GPSMAP 5208 (8208 – 268.9mm x 193.9mm – 5208 330mm x 173mm) and quite surprising the screen (8.4″) is actually close to 4:3 format with it’s 171mm x 130mm – which I find absolutely great and very sensible. But there is a lot of wasted space around the edges which I do not like.

Garmin launches new 8000 series Marine GPS Map

While it was only online for a short while – a few active people on THT spotted new Garmin Chartplotters on display on Garmins website.

The models was:

Garmin GPSMAP 8008 and Garmin GPSMAP 8208
Garmin GPSMAP 8012 and Garmin GPSMAP 8212
Garmin GPSMAP 8015 and Garmin GPSMAP 8215

The new models seem to replace the 7000 series with same prices for the  new GPSMAP 8212 12″ as the old 12″ GPSMAP 7212.

Apart from that Garmin is launching a “Black Box” system where the screens are “independent” of the main processing module.  Named Garmin GPSMAP 8500 and Garmin GPSMAP 8530 they support external multi-touch screens but at a rather high pricepoint.

Well we look forward to the official announcement!