I guess I don't know exactly the correct terminology for this, but here goes. My old Garmin Street Pilot 2730 could display the map at the 120 feet selection while routing. My Nuvi will display 120 feet, but it will switch to 200 feet while routing. Is this the same on all current Nuvis? I would actually like to be able to select 120 feet while routing. Is that possible on any of our devices now?
I think you are referring to "auto zoom" where the nuvi automatically zooms in and out based on your speed and the upcoming turns in your route. On some of the older nuvi's you could disable auto zoom and lock in the zoom level to whatever you wanted. I am not sure if any of the newer nuvi's have this feature.
Alan - nuvi's - 3597LMTHD 855 755T, Oregon 550, Lowrance Endura Sierra
I think what your seeing on the Nuvi is Garmin's autozoom feature. On some of the newer model Nuvi's (my 3790 for example) it's possible to turn off autozoom by selecting a "Locale" as Australia or some European countries. You need to set the Locale during initial setup of the Nuvi or on the first reboot after a hard reset. Seleting a country locale like Australia doesn't really affect any major operation of the Nuvi but you'll need to change a few settings to "Americanize" it. Things like the default speed indicator will be in KM and you need to change that to Miles for example.
Anyhow, after you have got the locale changed you can then go into Tools - Settings - Navigation - Automotive - Auto Zoom and change the setting to Disabled and save it.
Once autozoom is turned off, when you view the map screen in 2D mode it will default to 0.2 miles and using the + icon you can zoom into 120 Ft. The Nuvi will then stay at that zoom level UNTIL you turn it off. Each time you start the Nuvi up you'll need to reset the default zoom level to 120Ft.
I think higher end models like the Montana allow you to simply turn off autozoom or set your default zoom level but AFAIK none of the Nuvi's have that feature, the best we have is the process I've described. I don't remember owning any older Nuvi model where you could turn off auto zoom but my memory isn't what it used to be.
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