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Thursday
Feb252010

Navin Minihomer GPS Position Finder Review



When I first looked at the Navin Minihomer, I wasn't that impressed. You're reading the blog of a guy who used to sell GPS Satellite Navigation equipment for a living. I'm used to all the bells and whistles - 3d maps, voice recognition, bluetooth, speed-camera warnings and everything else. The Minihomer GPS Position Finder has none of this.

Then I actually used it. I charged it up with the supplied (power only) USB lead, set up the electronic compass, put in the time zone, then went outside and stored a location - my drive way. Then I simply walked around the block, watching as the Navin kept pointing me home, with the distance increasing the further I walked.

I took the Navin Minihomer on a business trip. I parked up at the hotel, recorded my position, then made my way to the meeting. That night I used the Navin to point me the right way back to my digs. Very, very simple and very, very reliable.

Think about this: You're going on a photowalk, perhaps visiting a city or part of the countryside you're not completely familiar with. You park up, get off the train or at the bus stop and use the MiniHomer to record your position. You wander off, shooting away, perhaps using the remaining four memory points to record way-points of where you are going. When you're done you've got no idea about the way back, so you just turn on the Navin and it'll point you in the right direction back to where you started.

Don't get me wrong, this little GPS device isn't like a Garming eTrex hiking Sat Nav. It won't record a "bread-crumb" trail for you to retrace your steps exactly, it just points you straight towards the positions you've recorded with an arrow on the back-lit LCD screen, but it is very easy to use and it's small enough to fit on your key fob so you'll never lose it.

With the right reference material you could use the built-in electronic compass to point towards where the Sun is rising so you'll be ready for that shot. You can also download software (at a small extra fee) from Navin's website to use it as a GPS Data Logger, so that you can geotag your photographs.

In conclusion, the Navin Minihomer is a great little GPS gadget that is small enough to attach to your key-ring, that can be with you all the time, that you can use to store your position so you can find your way back. Simple, straight-forward and easy to use. Recommended.

(Price and retail outlets TBA, keep an eye on Navins website).

Cheers, Rob.

Navin MiniHomer GPS Position Finder

Reader Comments (5)

The Navin Minihomer is really good , just as good as canmore gp-101 sport tracker.
They are samll brand company , but produce better quanility of trakers

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGozonlo

The companion software nTRIP is unlocked with a special key hardcoded in the miniHomer. So an owner of the miniHomer doesn't have to pay anything for the full version of nTRIP!
Regards, Thorsten

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdl9sec

Hello, i would like to buy a GPS gadget that can help me know the area of certain place e.g
an acre, hectare. Please assist.

Regards,
Mbuga

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMbugua Kamau

Hi Mbuga,

Sorry, I don't know any GPS devices that'll do that.

Rob.

November 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

Hi Mbuga,
The Garmin 62 and 62s have an area function, to calculate the area within a track you walk.
Regards,
Ross

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoss P

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