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Garmin BlueChart g2 versus BlueChart g2 HD

In 2016 Garmin released a brand new version of their popular Garmin marine cartography series named BlueChart g2 HD and BlueChart g2 Vision HD. What's the difference between the non HD versions and these new HD versions?

The new BlueChart g2 HD and g2 Vision HD versions both include:

‣1-foot HD contours
‣Shallow water shading
‣Shaded depth contours
‣Fishing contours

Read more about the new BlueChart g2 Vision HD charts

As with previous Garmin BlueCharts there are TWO different versions in the BlueChart series. These are Garmin BlueChart g2 HD and BlueChart g2 Vision HD with charts being supplied on SD/microSD Card.

As a general rule of thumb BlueChart g2 HD charts are designed for use with Garmin handheld devices such as the Garmin Montana 680t, while the more advanced BlueChart g2 Vision HD charts are designed for use with Garmin chartplotters such as the Garmin echoMAP 75sv.

To learn more about either version please see BlueChart g2 HD charts and BlueChart g2 Vision HD charts.


g2 HD and g2 Vision HD Comparison

See below the comparison table for comparing the included features of the BlueChart g2 HD and g2 Vision HD versions.

Please note: Both the g2 HD and g2 Vision HD Bluecharts include the same mapping coverage):

 

Features

g2 HD

g2 Vision HD

Vector object orientated data

Yes

Yes

Shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones with spot soundings

Yes

Yes

Port plans

Yes

Yes

Tidal stations for selected countries

Yes

Yes

Aids to navigation including ranges and light sectors information

Yes

Yes

Wrecks, restricted areas, anchorages, obstructions

Yes

Yes

Tidal current graphs

Yes

Yes

2D or 3D map perspective view

Yes

Yes

Marina points of interest and slipways

Yes

Yes

1-foot HD Fishing charts providing detailed contours

Yes

Yes

Point-to-point Auto Guidance technology to suggest best passages

No

Yes

Tidal current flow overlay

No

Yes

Aerial photos of ports, marinas, bridges & navigational landmarks

No

Yes

Detailed coastal roads up to five miles inland (non-routable)

No

Yes

POIs such as restaurants, lodging, entertainment and more

No

Yes

Realistic "view from space" high-resolution satellite imagery

No

Yes

True 3D-view "MarinerEye 3-D" above-waterline imagery

No

Yes

FishEye 3-D view below-waterline imagery

No

Yes

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Garmin BlueChart g2 HD charts

The new Garmin BlueChart g2 HD charts now includes the following features:

‣1-foot HD contours
‣Shallow water shading
‣Shaded depth contours
‣Fishing contours
‣Seamless transitions between zoom levels and more continuity across chart boundaries
‣Vector object oriented data
‣Shaded depth contours, coastlines, spot soundings, navaids, port plans, wrecks, obstructions, intertidal zones, restricted areas and IALA symbols
‣Port plans
‣Tidal stations for selected countries
‣Aids to navigation with view range and coverage including light sector info
‣Wrecks, restricted areas, anchorages, obstructions
‣Tidal current graphs
‣Standard 2-D direct overhead or 3-D "over the bow" map perspective for easy chart reading and orientation
‣Marina points of interest and slipways

With vastly superior contour coverage compared to the old, now discontinued non HD version of the BlueChart g2 charts, the new g2 HD charts provide far more accurate depiction of the seabed beneath your boat, dinghy, etc.

The new g2 HD charts also provide seamless chart presentation with features such as shallow water shading, shaded depth contours and fishing contours. Providing fishing contours for example, (as pictured below) enables you to have a clearer view of the ocean floor to catch more fish.


Garmin BlueChart g2 HD - Fishing Contour Chart

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Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD chart

As well as the g2 HD content and features listed above the new Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD charts also include the following features:

‣Garmin 3.0 Auto Guidance ‣Seamless chart presentation
‣Vector object oriented data
‣Shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones with spot soundings
‣Port plans
‣Tidal stations for selected countries
‣Aids to navigation with view range and coverage including light sector info
‣Wrecks, restricted areas, anchorages, obstructions
‣Tidal current graphs
‣2-D or 3-D map perspective view
‣Full bathymetric fishing charts providing detailed contours
‣Aerial photos of ports, marinas, bridges and navigational landmarks
‣Detailed coastal roads up to 5 miles inland (non-routable)
‣Points of interest such as restaurants, lodging, entertainment and more
‣Aerial photos of ports, marinas, bridges and navigational landmarks and realistic "view from space" high-resolution satellite imagery
‣3-D FishEye and 3-D MarinerEye view
‣Tidal current flow overlay

Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD charts feature Garmin Auto Guidance 3.0 technology. Simply enter your boat's dimensions into your Garmin chartplotter and the software will automatically create a visual path for you to navigate.

What's more your Garmin chartplotter, with the new g2 Vision HD chart, will seek to avoid low bridges, shallow water and other charted obstructions. With version 3.0, Auto Guidance you can be guided in and out of more places more effectively, including when entering and exiting marinas.

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Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD - High-Resolution Satellite Imagery


Latest BlueCharts

To ensure you receive the very latest version of the Garmin marine chart for your device, which is currently V2017 (V18.5) our Garmin Blue Charts are made to order and despatched same day* by our Plymouth based official Garmin marine distributor SMG Europe. *Orders placed Monday to Friday before midday (UK time).

IMPORTANT: Because all BlueCharts are made to order (custom made at time of purchase) they cannot be cancelled once ordered nor returned for refund. Therefore, please ensure that you are definitely ordering the correct chart and that you have checked that is compatible with your device.

All of the Garmin BlueCharts available from ActiveGPS come supplied on preprogrammed plug-and-play SD/microSD Cards that insert directly into your Garmin devices SD/microSD Card slot. What's more all g2 HD and g2 vision HD charts purchased from ActiveGPS come with a FREE new chart guarantee valid for 12 months after purchase, learn more here.


New Chart Guarantee

All of the Garmin BlueCharts available from ActiveGPS come supplied on preprogrammed plug-and-play SD/microSD Cards which insert directly into your Garmin devices SD/microSD Card slot. What's more all g2 and g2 vision charts purchased from ActiveGPS come with a FREE new chart guarantee valid for 12 months after purchase, learn more here.


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Page last updated: 14th November 2017

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