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MoLS
04-13-2009, 10:09 AM
I've been looking around at these for a while and they really appeal to the nerd in me.

Does anyone have any experience with them? They seem to vary wildly in price. Do they record altitude, too?

~$140
http://www.dawntech.hk/di-GPS/products.htm

~$110
http://www.pc-mobile.net/nikongps.htm

and nikon's own unit:

~$220 if you can find it
http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Miscellaneous/25396/GP-1-GPS-Unit.html

MoLS
04-13-2009, 12:05 PM
I'm liking the cheapest option at this point since it has the option to use a wired release (and actually comes with one) - which is pretty critical.

You need to pay almost $100 more for the di-gps pro version to get a remote connector. I'm not sure about the nikon one since all the reviews are using it on a D90 and that uses a different remote.

jacobsen1
04-13-2009, 12:09 PM
hrm, do you have a GPS already? There's software out there that will link a GPS route's timestamps to those of your images and add it for you. Might be the easier option if you already have and use something else.

if not, I see the appeal as well (inner geek combined with someone who loves maps). I've often though naming my shots by location would be RAD, especially if I were selling something in a gallery.... Have my name in one corner, then the lat/lon in the other.

MoLS
04-13-2009, 12:26 PM
Another:

~$165 http://www.solmeta.com/products.asp?lid=15&imgid=71

jacobsen1
04-13-2009, 12:29 PM
that site is sooooo thrown together.... :lol:

MoLS
04-13-2009, 12:29 PM
I don't have a handheld gps.

This makes geotagging really simple - especially for a bunch of photos from a trip. ;)
And flickr will grab the info automatically.

MoLS
04-13-2009, 12:31 PM
that site is sooooo thrown together.... :lol:

Yeah - so bad.

cdvma
04-13-2009, 12:31 PM
I'm more interested in the programs that will display the data to me. Its not integrated at all into Lightroom or any other photo viewer. Once that comes around I think I'd be more interested in the technology. For example, I know where I took the picture but for someone else to see that info I would want it extracted elegantly. Hmm...maybe I've found my next software project...

jacobsen1
04-13-2009, 12:38 PM
I don't have a handheld gps.

This makes geotagging really simple - especially for a bunch of photos from a trip. ;)
And flickr will grab the info automatically.

yeah, trust me, I know. For our canada trip I had planned on tagging everything... but even having the other GPS just turned on the entire time was too much of a PITA...

what's the warmup time for these anyway? And are they the newer chips that work well in tree cover? I'd just make damned sure if I was going to pay for one it'd be fast and accurate otherwise it'd get frustrating quick.

MoLS
04-13-2009, 12:47 PM
Yes, these have newer chipsets (SiRF star iii). Cold start is around 40 seconds.

I'm liking the Solmeta N1 at this point. It doesn't look like it was cobbled together like the pc mobile one and it comes w/ a cable release,too.

MK19
03-30-2011, 02:12 AM
I want one for a few reasons- mostly the nerd in me as well. The Nikon GP-1 is pretty nice, but the Solmeta Geotagger Pro (http://www.solmeta.com/dede/pro.html) wins me over with the azimuth feature.

cdvma
03-30-2011, 08:12 AM
That one is nice. I like the "indoor" memory if it temporarily looses GPS signal. I don't get why it has an internal battery...GPS doesn't drain much from the camera at all and adds cost for the charging controller, LiOn cell, ect. I think they could really compete more with an even lower cost!

thechickencow
03-30-2011, 08:51 AM
I always just figured I'd shoot a pic with my iphone of the camera if I wanted to tag and ahve it be manual. I've heard a lot of talk on these on a few podcasts, but can't remember what they recommended.

MK19
04-26-2012, 02:22 AM
Bump from the dead. I have been waiting for Nikon to update their GP1 unit with azimuth capabilities, but sadly no. The company Jeff mentioned earlier has since gained popularity and their being recognized as a real solution. I am looking at one of these 2 units:

Geotagger Pro (http://www.solmeta.com/Product/show/id/1)

Geotagger N3 (http://www.solmeta.com/Product/show/id/2)

Both are easily used when I get the D800 later this year- I guess the location of the cable for the D7000 is a PITA to use tho. Thoughts?

jacobsen1
04-26-2012, 09:18 AM
you have to slide the bracket away from the body to use the side port on the D7000. PITA but not a deal breaker really. Not sure how it'll work on the D800, that will partially come down to how Nikon designed it and how RRS or Kirk deal with it... The issue is that nikon's cords don't have an included 90 bend in the plug. RRS makes a weird looking block you ADD to your L-bracket to get around it, but it's big and clunky, again, not what I'd call ideal:
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=CRS&type=0
http://reallyrightstuff.com/mmRRSNET/Images/gallery/CRS.png

as for geotagging, what's so crucial about the azimuth anyway?

MK19
04-26-2012, 11:56 AM
what's so crucial about the azimuth anyway?

For identifying mountain ranges/peaks that I am not familiar with. Sure, basic GPS tells me where I shot it from, but trying to use Google Earth to identify them is a HUGE PITA.

frigidlight
04-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Do you have a smartphone?
http://peakar.salzburgresearch.at/

MoLS
04-26-2012, 12:06 PM
Whoa, that's cooler than what I have been using "peakfinder"

MK19
04-26-2012, 12:55 PM
Do you have a smartphone?
http://peakar.salzburgresearch.at/

That's cool for around here while I am driving, etc- but when I hike into the backcountry, I'd like an all-in-one solution and I rarely bring my cell with me when I hike/backpack.

cdvma
04-26-2012, 07:10 PM
For identifying mountain ranges/peaks that I am not familiar with. Sure, basic GPS tells me where I shot it from, but trying to use Google Earth to identify them is a HUGE PITA.

Finding them before or after the shoot? If it is before, pack a $0.50 compass :) The Geotagger stuff looks good. I'm still happy with my Nikon system and I've seen a few (rarely) go up for sale that would be cheaper than the new Geotagger system.

jacobsen1
04-26-2012, 08:16 PM
Damon, what are you doing with this though? I'm just curious is all. But why do you need a GPS for this versus knowing where it is before or after you go?

MK19
04-26-2012, 09:43 PM
OK, so to further explain... when I take a photograph of various ranges and peaks, I am not always familiar with what they are (working n that though). When I do my write ups about the photographs, it is important to me to mention what it is that people are looking at. Taking the easy way out would be to simply state "with peaks of the Olympic Mountain range yada yada yada..." and that just doesn't work for me. My ultimate goal is to be know the peaks I am looking at and while I am getting better, the Olympics have over 400 named peaks plus the unnamed sub peaks.

jacobsen1
04-26-2012, 10:04 PM
yeah, that's what I thought. You're not having luck just using google maps and knowing where you went? That's what I've always done, but I'm also always on dedicated (very obvious) trails w/o much exploring, so it's much harder to get it wrong I'd guess. I mean don't get me wrong, I'd love a GPS to do it for me, but it's just always seemed like a hassle and expense that wasn't worth it. Hopefully I can piggy back off you doing the homework though. ;)

jacobsen1
04-26-2012, 10:11 PM
not sure what kind of phone you have Damon, but from some googling and reading this sounds promising:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geotag-photos-pro/id355503746?mt=8
and it's $4... Some of the reviews say that the current phones acquire signals much faster than the GPS units for the cameras. It sounds like this app runs in the background and just fills in the geo info in the images once you're home. Yeah, it's an extra step which is a PITA, but for $4 it might be worth a try if you can get it on your phone?

frigidlight
04-26-2012, 10:15 PM
and it's $4... Some of the reviews say that the current phones acquire signals much faster than the GPS units for the cameras.

Be warned on this. Most of those reviews are based upon a phone with a wifi signal as well as cell network and GPS. A phone will use all three to determine location and wifi can make the accurate location finding loads faster.

jacobsen1
04-26-2012, 10:26 PM
I've found the GPS works fine w/o WiFi, but it's slow with maps etc. I'd assume the GPS runs like the ski apps where it just grabs the lat/lon and not much else for it?

frigidlight
04-26-2012, 10:40 PM
I've found the GPS works fine w/o WiFi, but it's slow with maps etc. I'd assume the GPS runs like the ski apps where it just grabs the lat/lon and not much else for it?

That could be...it might just depend on how often it pings for a new fix? I dunno.

That app would probably work awesome with the new map pane in LR4 I'm guessing.