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Garmin Instinct Full Specifications and Features

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Last Updated on September 7, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Garmin recently announced a series of solar-powered smartwatches which include Instinct Series, Fenix 6 Pro Solar, and 6S Pro Solar and Tactix Delta solar editions. This post brings you the full specifications of Garmin Instinct which comes in six models;

  1. Garmin Instinct
  2. Garmin Instinct Solar
  3. Garmin Instinct Tactical Edition
  4. Garmin Instinct Tactical Solar Edition
  5. Garmin Instinct Camo Edition
  6. Garmin Instinct Surf Edition

The new Instinct Series of smartwatches boost more health tracking features, longer battery life, and durably built to go the extra mile.

Garmin Instinct/Tactical/Camo Full Specifications

 Garmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
Garmin Instinct specsInstinct tactical full specsGarmin instinct Camo full specs


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Device nameGarmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Instinct 2018Garmin Instinct 2018Garmin Instinct 2018
Released dateJuly, 2020July, 2020July, 2020
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex


Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch1.2 inch
Display resolution128 x 128 pixels128 x 128 pixels128 x 128 pixels
Pixel density------
Input type 5 buttons, (not touchscreen) 5 buttons, (not touchscreen) 5 buttons, (not touchscreen)


Dimension45 x 45 x 15.3 mm45 x 45 x 15.3 mm45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Weight52 grams52 grams53 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap size22mm22mm22mm
Screen protectionChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glassPower Glass™
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Sea foam
Flame red
Lakeside blue
Coyote tan
Lichen Camo
Graphite Camo


Internal storageN/AN/AN/A
Memory card slotNoNoNo


BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo




Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes


Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Floors climbedNoNoNo
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenNoNoYes
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYesYes
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNoYes
Preloaded mapsNoNoNo
On-screen workout modesYesYesYes
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo


Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo


Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
Gyroscope ______
Ambient lightNoNoNo
Pulse Ox.NoNoYes
Other sensors------


Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS


Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours
Smartwatch: 24 days/54 days with solar
Battery Saver Mode: 56 days/Unlimited with solar
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar
Max. Battery GPS Mode: 70 hours/145 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Mode: 28 days/68 days with solar
Charging typeCharging DockCharging DockCharging Dock
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoYes
Rapid chargingNoNoNo




Control camera______
Music controlYesYesYes
Find phoneYesYesYes
Text responseYesYesYes


Payment systemNoNoNo
Compatibility Android and iOS
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Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandNoNoNo


Garmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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Garmin Instinct Features

  • Sturdy Design
  • Each of the Instinct models is sturdily built with fiber-reinforced polymer for the case, while the 22mm interchangeable straps are made of silicone. Chemically strengthened glass covers the glass. The 1.2 inches monochrome transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display is easy to read.

    All members of the Instinct series are rated 10ATM which makes any of these three a good choice you can wear to shower, beach, pool, or otherwise. All models are certified MIL-STD-810G that ensures they can absorb shock and withstand tough weather conditions.

  • A Comprehensive Fitness Tracker
  • All models of the Instinct Series are equipped with to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, sleep, heart rate, menstrual cycle, swimming, blood oxygen, a sedentary reminder with lots of preloaded sport modes. There’s also inbuilt GPS in all models that allow you to track outdoor activities.

    However, the Instinct Tactical edition features;

    1. Night vision mode that allows you to switch between daytime view and nighttime view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.
    2. Stealth mode that allows you to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.
    3. Jumpmaster that calculates high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

    On the other hand, the Instinct Surf Edition features;

    1. Tida Data: Allows you access tide data simply by looking at your wrist, stay up to date on ocean conditions to help catch the perfect wave.
    2. Record Surf Activity: Allows you to record the number of waves surfed, maximum speed reached, and distance traveled by using the surf activity profile.
    3. Surfline sessions: Works with Surfline Sessions, which creates a video of every wave you ride in front a Surfline camera, so you can watch them later and see how you did.

    Garmin Instinct Series 2020 – Features List

    See the full fitness tracking features of Garmin Instinct 2020

    Activity Tracking FeaturesGarmin InstinctGarmin Instinct Tactical SolarGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
    Smart Features
    Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)YesYesYes
    Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)YesYesYes
    Battery saver - customizable low power watchNoNoNo
    Controls smartphone musicYesYesYes
    Find my phoneYesYesYes
    Find my watchYesYesYes
    Virb remoteYesYesYes
    Health Monitoring Features
    Heart Rate trackingYesYesYes
    Daily resting heart rateYesYesYes
    Abnormal heart rate alertYesYesYes
    Blood oxygen monitoringNoYesYes
    VO2 Max.Yes (in app)Yes (in app)Yes (in app)
    Battery energy monitorYesYesYes
    Stress trackingYesYesYes
    Sleep monitoringYesYesYes
    Advanced sleep trackingYesYesYes
    Menstrual cycle trackingYes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)
    Hydration trackingYes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)
    Safety and Tracking Features
    Group LivetrackNoNoNo
    Live event sharingNoNoNo
    Incident detection during select activitiesNoNoNo
    Tactical Features
    Stealth modeNoYesNo
    Night vision modeNoYesNo
    Dual Grid CoordinatesYesYesYes
    Kill switchNoNoNo
    Activity Tracking Features
    Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYesYes
    Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYesYes
    Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYesYes
    Calories burnedYesYesYes
    Floors climbedYesYesYes
    Distance travelledYesYesYes
    Intensity minutesYesYesYes
    Move IQ™

    Gym & Fitness Equipment
    Available gym activity profilesStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, indoor rowing and yogaStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, indoor rowing and yogaStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, indoor rowing and yoga
    Cardio workoutsYesYesYes
    Strength workoutsYesYesYes
    Yoga workoutsNoNoNo
    Pilates workoutsNoNoNo
    On-screen workout animationsNoNoNo
    Automatic rep countingYesYesYes
    Training, Planning and Analysis Features
    GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
    Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
    Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
    Auto Pause®YesYesYes
    Interval trainingYesYesYes
    Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
    Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
    Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsNoNoNo
    Auto lapYesYesYes
    Manual lapYesYesYes
    Configurable lap alertsYesYesYes
    Heat and altitude acclimationNoNoNo
    VO2 Max.YesYesYes
    Training status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)NoNoNo
    Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)NoNoNo
    Training load focusNoNoNo
    Training effect (aerobic)NoNoNo
    Training effect (anaerobic)NoNoNo
    Primary Benefit (training effect labels)NoNoNo
    Custom alertsYesYesYes
    Audio promptsYesYesYes
    Finish timeYesYesYes
    Virtual partnerYesYesYes
    Race an activityYesYesYes
    Auto multisport activitiesNoNoNo
    Manual multisport activitiesNoNoNo
    Course guidanceYesYesYes
    Garmin Live SegmentsNoNoNo
    Strava Live SegmentsNoNoNo
    Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)NoNoNo
    Trendline™ Popularity RoutingNoNoNo
    Touch and/or button lockYesYesYes
    Hot keysNoNoNo
    Auto scrollYesYesYes
    Activity history on watchYesYesYes
    Physio TrueupYesYesYes
    Heart Rate Features
    HR zonesYesYesYes
    HR alertsYesYesYes
    HR caloriesYesYesYes
    % HR max.YesYesYes
    % HRRYesYesYes
    Recovery timeNoNoNo
    Auto max HRYesYesYes
    HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels)NoNoNo
    HR broadcast (broadcasts hr data over ant+™ to paired devices)YesYesYes
    Respiration rate (during exercise)NoNoNo
    Respiration rate (all-day and in sleep)NoNoNo
    Running Features
    Available run profilesRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail runningRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail runningRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running
    GPS-based distance, time and paceYesYesYes
    Running dynamicsNoNoNo
    Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)NoNoNo
    Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry)NoNoNo
    Stride length (real time)NoNoNo
    Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)YesYesYes
    Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)NoNoNo
    Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)NoNoNo
    PacePro™ pacing strategiesNoNoNo
    Run workoutsYesYesYes
    Race predictorNoNoNo
    Foot Pod CapableYesYesYes
    Golf Features
    Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwideNoNoNo
    Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)NoNoNo
    Yardage to layups/doglegsNoNoNo
    Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)NoNoNo
    Digital ScorecardNoNoNo
    Custom targetsNoNoNo
    Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)NoNoNo
    Garmin Autoshot™NoNoNo
    Full vector mapNoNoNo
    Auto Courseview updatesNoNoNo
    Green view with manual pin positionNoNoNo
    Hazards and course targetsNoNoNo
    Playslike distanceNoNoNo
    Handicap scoringNoNoNo
    Truswing™ compatibleNoNoNo
    Round timer/odometerNoNoNo
    Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)NoNoNo
    Outdoor Recreation
    Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, tacticalHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, tactical, jumpmasterHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, tactical
    Point-to-Point navigationYesYesYes
    Bread crumb trail in real timeYesYesYes
    Back to startYesYesYes
    Ultratrac ModeYesYesYes
    Around me modeNoNoNo
    Elevation profileYesYesYes
    Distance to destinationYesYesYes
    Barometric trend indicator with storm alertYesYesYes
    ClimbPro™ ascent plannerNoNoNo
    Trail run auto climbYesYesYes
    Vertical speedYesYesYes
    Total ascent/descentYesYesYes
    Future elevation plotYesYesYes
    Preloaded Topographical mapsNoNoNo
    Preloaded Ski resort mapsNoNoNo
    Downloadable cartography supportNoNoNo
    Compatible with Basecamp™YesYesYes
    GPS coordinatesYesYesYes
    Sight 'N GOYesYesYes
    Area calculationYesYesYes
    Hunt/fish calendarNoNoNo
    Projected waypointYesYesYes
    Sun and moon informationYesYesYes
    Xero™ locationsYesYesYes
    Expedition GPS activityYesYesYes
    Cycling Features
    Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYesYes
    Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)NoNoNo
    Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking and mountain bikingBiking, indoor biking and mountain bikingBiking, indoor biking and mountain biking
    Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)NoNoNo
    Race an activityYesYesYes
    FTP (Functional Threshold Power)NoNoNo
    Compatible with Vector™ (Power Meter)NoNoNo
    Power Meter compatibleNoNoNo
    Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display)YesYesYes
    Compatible with Varia™ Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)YesYesYes
    Compatible with Varia™ LightsYesYesYes
    Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
    Swimming Features
    Available swim profilesPool swimming and open water swimmingPool swimming and open water swimmingPool swimming and open water swimming
    Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
    Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
    Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
    Drill logging (pool swim only)YesYesYes
    Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
    Countdown start (pool swim only)NoNoNo
    Pool swim workoutsYesYesYes
    Time and distance alertsYesYesYes
    Underwater wrist-based heart rateNoYesYes
    Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)NoNoNo
  • Long Battery Life
  • The non-solar edition of the Instinct series will last up to 14 days with mixed usage, about 16 hours with continuous GPS tracking, and up to 40hrs on UltraTrac mode.

    The Solar-powered models can last up to 24 days and 54 days with solar, while with continuous GPS tracking, its 30 hours and 38 hours with solar.

  • Notifications
  • The Garmin Instinct models will also keep you connected to all that matters to you by alerting you when you receive notifications from your phone. Android users can send quick replies.


  • Sturdy and surable design.
  • A comprehsnive fitness tracker.
  • Long battery life.


  • Lacks microphonne and loudspeaker.
  • Lacks Garmin Pay.
  • Lacks music storage.

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