When I was deciding whether to buy my first electronic navigation device, I was unsure whether GPS and chartplotter were the same thing.
Using the Garmin Nuvi 2450 has been a pleasure for about two years, but it’s not really a GPS as it doesn’t give you directions to a destination on a map, only your current location.
In addition to having a built-in GPS receiver, the Nuvi 2540 also has an optional handheld receiver that can be used as a standalone GPS receiver.
Difference Between a GPS and a Chartplotter?
The main difference is that a GPS receiver will give you more information than a chart plotter. GPS receivers provide information such as where you are (latitude/longitude), how far you are from your destination, and elevation information. You can only see your position on a map of the area where you are if you use a chart plotter.
There is another important distinction between GPS receivers and chart plotters. GPS receivers use satellites to determine their locations, whereas chart plotters use ground-based transmitters. This method works best if you know where you are, as beacons emit radio waves that bounce off buildings and trees. A receiver picks up these signals and interprets them into a position. If you don’t know where you are, this method won’t work.
A GPS receiver will tell you where you are, whereas a chart plotter will tell you how to get somewhere else.
Parameters of Comparison
|Definition||Objects and places can be navigated using this satellite-based technology.||With the help of GPS, it displays an object’s location more accurately.|
|Function||Space, control, and user segments make up its three main functions.||Water depth, obstructions, and the environment are all listed.|
|Cost||It is quite affordable to buy a GPS system||Compared to GPS, these are more expensive|
|Characteristics||Rather than displaying information on a screen, it displays it numerically||For viewing graphics, you will need a screen|
|Uses||A GPS is primarily used to locate mobile phones, cars, and other objects. It is also used to track, monitor, and study the weather.||The primary use of this instrument is for marine navigation to monitor the ship and its surroundings.|
In case you plan on doing any sort of outdoor activity, a GPS receiver will be more useful than a chart plotter. However, if you’re just looking for a way to get to an address, a chart plotter should do the trick.
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