Map Auto Zooming Out

 

I have a 1390T and a 2495LMT. I'm wondering why whenever I'm on the highway the map sometimes automatically zooms out and you only see the highway and basically only a few other roads on each side. Is there a way to keep the map from zooming out?

I have not found a way to...

...keep it from zooming out. It seems this is a normal function of the GPS. I find that mine will do it when I reach a speed of approx. 58 MPH. Once I slow down, it will revert back to showing the side roads and cross streets. The algorithm apparently figures that if you are driving 60 MPH you do not need to know that Main St. is coming up in 200 feet. Funny, but that seems to be the way it works.

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This is

Thia is the Autozoom feature that is turned on, by default, on all Nuvi models AFAIK. As you have seen the zoom level is determined by the speed of your vehicle and I'm sure that there is some logic to it but who knows. rolleyes

I believe that on North American Nuvi devices there is no setting to turn this "feature" off but if you were to set the locale on your Nuvi to another country like Australia you would then have a menu option to turn Autozoom On or Off. I'm sure the process has been discussed on this forum in the past.

Note that with Autozoom turned off, the Nuvi will display the map screen at a default zoom level and it will stay at that level unless you tap the - and + buttons to zoom farther out or in. If you turn the Nuvi off the zoom level will return to the default setting when you turn it back on.

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Map Auto Zooming Out

t923347 wrote:

Thia is the Autozoom feature that is turned on, by default, on all Nuvi models AFAIK.....

Actually, not on all Garmin Nuvi models. You may want to search old posts on this. My old Garmin 350 & 360 did that originally, but I set it for either Europe or Australia and it changed how my autozoom works. It may or may not function the same way on other Nuvis, however.

Jim, reread his post. He

Jim, reread his post. He mentions changing the country. Which requires a hard reset I might add. I set my 1300 to Europe because I wanted the blue banner bar instead of green. However, setting for Europe doesn't give me the ability to shut off autozoom.

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Unless

Jim1348 wrote:

Actually, not on all Garmin Nuvi models. You may want to search old posts on this. My old Garmin 350 & 360 did that originally, but I set it for either Europe or Australia and it changed how my autozoom works. It may or may not function the same way on other Nuvis, however.

Unless I'm not understanding what your saying, I think you just said the same thing I did. Your 350/60 had Autozoom turned on by default and you changed that by setting the device to Australia. Since the 350/60 are the oldest Nuvi models it sort of confirms that they have all had Autozoom turned ON by default.

Whether changing the locale to Australia will give you the option to turn Autozoom off and on for all Nuvi models I can't say but it works on my 3790, 2460 and 3597. It may have on my 350, 760 and 1490 but I don't recall and don't use those devices anymore.

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Zooming

What I've noticed is, the map zooms in when coming up on sharper corners, and then zooms out again. That's the pattern I've noticed on the 3790, anyway.

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58 mph zooms out...

maddog67 wrote:

...keep it from zooming out. It seems this is a normal function of the GPS. I find that mine will do it when I reach a speed of approx. 58 MPH. Once I slow down, it will revert back to showing the side roads and cross streets. The algorithm apparently figures that if you are driving 60 MPH you do not need to know that Main St. is coming up in 200 feet. Funny, but that seems to be the way it works.

Thanks for the info. I tried this today and it's exactly what happens. My 1390T zooms out at about 58 mph also but have to slow down quite a bit to get it to change back.

In addition to speed being a

In addition to speed being a factor I've noticed on my 2460 when I approach a split in the highway it zooms in a bit as well when traveling at highway speeds.

For instance, traveling south on I-95 in Philadelphia, PA the interchange with I-676 has 3 lanes for 95 and 2 for 676, as I approach this area the map zooms in and then back out as I've passed a point where I could go either way.

ETA : Apparently I was wrong on this, I went by there several times today and the only times it zoomed in or out was when I was hovering around 59mph.

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Predicitive zoom

It would be nice if the zoom level updated based on your past preferences. In other words it could look at the history of when you changed the zoom and learn from that.

personal preference

I personally prefer to be zoomed in slightly below max. For me, this constant zooming out annoys me because I prefer to be zoomed in. FWIW, I have the nüvi® 3597LMTHD.

Zoom

Zoom out occurs >58mph, on newer models only when routing in 3D.
Zoom in occurs <45 MPH, on newer models, only when routing in 3D.
Zoom in when routing, functions to keep the scale at less than half the distance to the maneuver.

It has nothing to do with preferences, learned or not.It's hard coded in the software.

When not routing, your unit may zoom in on major exchanges involving ramps and exits. I have never seen my unit zoom when I am only making a turn, when not routing.

Older units will zoom in 3D or North up regardless of routing or not.

Newer units will zoom in 3D when not routing, or North UP in any mode, by manually zooming out to the desired scale. It will continue to function with speed until you turn the unit off. It will return to it's default.

Newer units, while routing and zoomed out with speed, will zoom in and not return to zoom function if you go to the menu screen. My Nuvi 2555 functions as the older units do, and my 2597 functions as a newer unit.

It's really frustrating with the behavior change. I went through 2 refurb 2597s and a new unit troubleshooting this problem. I called Garmin, and the first thing the tech said was, "It depends on the type road." BZZZZZZ! wrong answer.

So. If you have a newer unit, you might want to experiment with it yourself and take note of the default behavior. Spend some time driving with it in 3D and North UP while routing and not routing. I use my units about 50/50 routing and just displaying, And I've put about 2000 miles on my 2597s trying to figure out how it works, for default.

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3790 LMT learns some

donbadabon wrote:

it could look at the history of when you changed the zoom and learn from that.

I don't think it is very sophisticated, but my 3790 LMT definitely is influenced in autozoom behavior by my recent manual interventions. It works well enough for me that I rarely actually touch the zoom controls--and then usually when I have changed environments (like switching from driving around Albuquerque to traveling I-25 up to Santa Fe).

I think this varies from model to model quite a bit.

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Good Info

phranc wrote:

Zoom out occurs >58mph, on newer models only when routing in 3D.
Zoom in occurs <45 MPH, on newer models, only when routing in 3D.
Zoom in when routing, functions to keep the scale at less than half the distance to the maneuver.

It has nothing to do with preferences, learned or not.It's hard coded in the software.

When not routing, your unit may zoom in on major exchanges involving ramps and exits. I have never seen my unit zoom when I am only making a turn, when not routing.

Older units will zoom in 3D or North up regardless of routing or not.

Newer units will zoom in 3D when not routing, or North UP in any mode, by manually zooming out to the desired scale. It will continue to function with speed until you turn the unit off. It will return to it's default.

Newer units, while routing and zoomed out with speed, will zoom in and not return to zoom function if you go to the menu screen. My Nuvi 2555 functions as the older units do, and my 2597 functions as a newer unit.

It's really frustrating with the behavior change. I went through 2 refurb 2597s and a new unit troubleshooting this problem. I called Garmin, and the first thing the tech said was, "It depends on the type road." BZZZZZZ! wrong answer.

So. If you have a newer unit, you might want to experiment with it yourself and take note of the default behavior. Spend some time driving with it in 3D and North UP while routing and not routing. I use my units about 50/50 routing and just displaying, And I've put about 2000 miles on my 2597s trying to figure out how it works, for default.

This is good to know, thanks for posting it. But, I'm with jmvamosy, I hate it. I wish Garmin would have given us the option to turn it off.

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jackrabbit000 wrote:

But, I'm with jmvamosy, I hate it. I wish Garmin would have given us the option to turn it off.

It used to be a user selectable feature in the US on the first nuvis...the 3xx & 6xx series. Now it's "hidden" for US users behind the "locale" wall. According to Garmin, no one in the US has any need to disable autozoom but other countries such as Australia have it at their disposal. It seems Garmin will always find a way to dumb units down rather that add some advanced feature. I remember one series of Garmin ads that showed an extended index finger which was apparently all you needed to use to get to where you wanted to go. rolleyes

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are you

DorkusNimrod wrote:
jackrabbit000 wrote:

But, I'm with jmvamosy, I hate it. I wish Garmin would have given us the option to turn it off.

It used to be a user selectable feature in the US on the first nuvis...the 3xx & 6xx series. Now it's "hidden" for US users behind the "locale" wall. According to Garmin, no one in the US has any need to disable autozoom but other countries such as Australia have it at their disposal. It seems Garmin will always find a way to dumb units down rather that add some advanced feature. I remember one series of Garmin ads that showed an extended index finger which was apparently all you needed to use to get to where you wanted to go. rolleyes

certain it was an index finger?

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It works fine in the country

It works fine in the country on the highway, but we have many city areas that have high speeds and it is PITA to manually change the zoom every time it resets!

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Box Car wrote:

certain it was an index finger?

HAH! mrgreen

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Grrrrrrrrr

So after another week of screwing around with my 1390T, I still can't figure out the auto zooming in effect. When I boot the GPS up, the map shows 300m. As soon as I start driving, the map goes into 200m mode. As soon as I hit the highway and doing 70kmph or 43mph the map zooms out and stays zoomed out until I slow down to 45 kmph or 28 mph and it zooms back in. And while zoomed in once, on the same road it won't zoom out until I reach 93 kmph or 58 mph now. Grrrrrr it's driving me nuts. It never done it on the 2014.40 map but does it on the new 2015.10. I want to reload the previous 2014.40 but there is no link to the map on the Garmin website. It shows all the previous map versions but there is download or re-install link. Once you update to the newest map Garmin doesn't let you go back? Anyone here notice that their GPS zooming in at 70 kmph or 43 mph?

Garmins have always zoomed

Garmins have always zoomed out at 58 mph and zoomed in at 45 mph. Any other zooming has been as a result of upcoming route maneuvers.

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Not mine

Not mine, it zooms out at 43 mph but zooms in at 45 mph. It used to zoom out at 58 mph until I loaded the 2015.10 map. I even reinstalled the new map 4 times using both Garmin Express and Mapupdater and reset the GPS about 10 times already and it still zooms out at 43 mph. It's a pain to manually set it each time. There is no way to reload the previous 2014.40 map either. sad