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Jobo photoGPS mounted on Canon EOS 400D

  Jobo's PhotoGPS device. Courtesy of Jobo, with modifications



Photo Geotagging & GPS Photo Trackers

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Geotagging photographs has become an increasingly important aspect of development work when distribution of and access to resources are at stake. While we can find a number of Internet-based applications (e.g. Google Earth, Panoramio, Flickr, etc) where to geo-locate images, offline solutions (hardware & software) are still to be made available or little known to many development practitioners. This report summarises a series of available options. The first group lists GPS-enabled cameras. The second group offers devices which can be directly connected to cameras. The third group includes devices purposely developed to geotag photos, the last group refers to approaches that still work quite well in difficult environments and allow to add latitude, longitude and altitude data to photographs based on matching time stamps of GPS and camera.


GPS enabled cameras

Ricoh G700SERicoh G700SE is a water and dust resistant digital camera. In addition to its wireless data communication capabilities, the G700SE can also utilize options supporting GPS functions and laser barcode reader functions. As an expanded function model of the G700 water and dust resistant digital camera released in 2010, the new G700SE has wireless LAN and Bluetooth functions as standard features and supports the use of GPS and laser barcode reader functions with options.

Nikon Coolpix P6000 with GPSNikon Coolpix P6000 with GPS Built around a 13.5 megapixel, 1/1.72 inch sensor (0.41 square cm), the camera has a 4x zoom starting at a respectably wide-angle - equivalent to 28mm. It also records RAW files in a new NRW format that can be converted in-camera or with the forthcoming Windows version of View NX or Windows Imaging Component compatible applications. The other stand-out feature is the inclusion of built-in  GPS logging of the locations at which images were recorded (GPS geotagging).


Devices enabling cameras to capture latitude, longitude, altitude and time data

Dawn Technology Limited offers devices working with Nikon and Canon cameras (selected models). di-GPS Pro and di-GPS Basic support Nikon D3, D300, D2XS, D2X, D2HS & D200, Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR camera. di-GPS USB supports Canon EOS 40D and EOS-1D/Ds Mark III (WFT-E3/WFT-E2 required).

Nikon GP-1 GPS UnitNikon GP-1 GPS Unit allows you to acquire latitude, longitude, altitude and time information when you take pictures. Time required for satellite acquisition: Approx. 45 sec. (cold start), approx. 5 sec. (hot start). Compatible models:D90 (via accessory terminal cable GP1-CA90), D3, D300, D700, D2Xs and D200 (via 10-pin remote terminal cable GP1-CA10). Some models may require an update to the latest version of firmware.

This site introduces Canon's Wireless File Transmitter accessory for EOS DIGITAL SLRs. The new WFT-E2/E2A/E3/E3A/E4/E4A Wireless Transmitter allows you to connect to wireless and wired LANs, and supports FTP, PTP, and HTTP. Thanks to a connection wizard with broad compatibility, network access is sharply improved. The new WFT-E2/E2A/E3/E3A/E4/E4A is a premier work tool with expanded capability to link up with external storage media and GPS devices and others.


Devices capturing latitude, longitude, altitude and time data purposely developed to geotag photographs

Jobo photoGPSJOBO AG International offers photoGPS, a small and lightweight GPS receiver that fits directly on any digital camera’s hot shoe. The photoGPS allows for automatic geo-tagging by capturing raw GPS data and time, which it stores in its own internal memory. More info. PhotoGPS used GeoTate technology which is ultra low power, lightweight and easy to use. Each time a photo is taken, raw GPS data is captured. When the user has finished taking photographs, he/she unloads his/her photos and raw GPS data onto a PC and runs Geotate software. Matching is easy since the photos and raw GPS data were captured simultaneously. Geotate's server provides historic GPS satellite information corresponding to the times the raw GPS data was recorded. The software calculates the position fixes, reverse geocodes them, and geotags the photos with the resulting location information. In the process you need to avail of an internet connection.

AMOD Technology Co. offers the AGL3080 GPS GPS Data Logger/Photo Tracker. The device works with Mac, Windows with true USB plug and play functionality. It can record more than 1 million data points (RMC). AGL3080 is a GPS-based data logger designed to provide location information for digital photos (in EXIF 2.0 or later format) from all digital cameras and camera phones. More information

The ATP PhotoFinder calculates and records GPS position data and allows you to precisely track the exact location and time of where your pictures were taken. After you finish taking pictures, simply insert your SD, Memory Stick or MMC memory card into the Photo Finder's built-in card slot and the GPS data will be synchronized and added to all pictures on the card. Check the compatibility list for PhotoFinder.

i-Blue 747 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver provides you with good accuracy and highest sensitivity. i-Blue737 is a 51-Channel Bluetooth GPS Receiver with -158dBm high sensitivity and has up to 25 hours of navigation time.

GiSTEQ CD110BT Bluetooth GPS Digital PhotoTracker, is a photo tracking solution that integrates digital photo with location information for online digital mapping and photo sharing. It also provides trip recording and playback function

The Sony GPS-CS1KA Location Recorder records exactly where the photos are taken. According to Sony, the device is compatible with virtually all digital still cameras. (note: for still pictures which comply with JPEG format, Exif Ver. 2.1 or later). Data is downloaded to computer, matched to photos and displayed on an online map. There is no need to attach GPS unit to the camera. The device is supplied with carrying case for convenient attachment to clothes, cases and case straps etc.

Matching time stamps of GPS and camera to geotag images

How to Geotag Images by Colin Spencer, digital Photography School 

Low Tech Approaches to Linking Photographs with GPS Positions; by Peter H. Dana, Ph.D. ; Research Fellow and Lecturer; Department of Geography; University of Texas at Austin

Geotagging Digital Photos and Geotag Digital Photos from GPS Logs, by MicroImages, Inc.

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