Garmin Dakota vs. Oregon (Comparison of Features)


This page focuses on the differences between the units. A complete set of features for the Dakota may be found here.

Software

Dakota Software 4.90, GPS Software 5.00
Oregon x00 Software 5.20, GPS Software 5.00
Oregon X50 Software 5.20, GPS Software 5.00
Feature
Oregon
Dakota
Comment
Hardware



Touchscreen
Yes
Yes

Weight (w/ batteries)
6.8 oz (192.7 g)
5.25 oz (148.8 g)

Dimensions (WxHxD)
2.3"x4.5"x1.4" (5.8x11.4x3.5 cm)
2.2"x3.9"x1.3" (5.5x10x3.3 cm)

Display resolution
240x400 pixels
160x240 pixels

Physical display dimensions (WxH)
1.53"x2.55" (3.8x6.3 cm)
1.43"x2.15" (3.6x5.5 cm)

Electronic compass
Yes
Yes
Dakota 10 has no compass.
Oregon x00 equipped with 2-axis compass.
Oregon x50 & Dakota 20 have 3-axis (tilt-compensated) compass.
External storage
Micro SD (under battery)
Micro SD (under battery)

Max. supported card size
8 GB
8 GB
Many user have been successful with 16GB and 32GB microSD cards.
GPS chipset
STM Cartesio STA2062
STM Cartesio STA2062

Battery type
2 x AA
2 x AA
NiMH or Lithium recommended
Battery life
16 hours
20 hours

Interface
USB and NMEA 0183
USB
No spanner support on Dakota or Oregon 200; external power supply puts unit in USB drive mode unless special cable is used.
Maps



Support for custom maps
Yes
Yes

Data fields on map page
0, 2, 4, dashboard
0, 2, 4, dashboard

Preinstalled maps
Yes on t/i/c models, basemap on other models
Basemap only

Geocaching/Wherigo



Wherigo support
Yes
No

Geocaches
2,000 (x00) / 5,000 (x50)
2,000

Spoiler pictures
Yes
Yes

Misc



Picture viewer
Yes
Yes

3D map viewer
Yes
No

Camera
Yes (550 only)
No

Custom image as background
Yes
No
Dakota only supports pre-installed color backgrounds
Source: Garmin comparison matrix