GPS Tracker for Photographers

Discussion in 'Travel' started by vernoldham, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. I wasn't sure where else to post this question.
    Is anyone using a GPS tracker to later geotag their photos? I would love to hear what you are using and how you are using it. I am planning a trip to Paris in a couple of months and would like to know exactly where each photo was taken. I was looking at this... http://www.gisteq.com/PhotoTrackr/phototrackr-cd111.php but it has been discontinued.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Oh, I should also mention. I need a tracker that can run at least 20 hours and should be rechargable...
     
  3. I've been geo-tagging my photos since 2009, using a Holux m-241. What I like about it is, it's small (the size of a old film container) and it runs on a single AA battery (for approx. 12 hours). That means that I can have it in my pocket next to a phone or keys, and when travelling I can always buy a new battery, and don't rely on a power plug every night.
    The only downside is, it's a little manuel work when uploading the photos to my laptop; I have to import the logfile from the Holux, import the photos and the I use GPSPhotoLinker to merge the two. And then I can import the photos to Aperture.
    I'm on a mac, and the software from Holux is windows-only so I use the opensource BT747 (http://www.bt747.org).
    Hope it helps!
     
  4. And then it's always fun to browse the map afterwards... This is what my map looks like.
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  5. I also use a Holux tracker, but I use it with a foolography Unleashed so the images are GPS-position-tagged in camera via Bluetooth. So, no software required either. I love it.
     
  6. Vern,
    I have a Gisteq sitting on my shelf and used it exactly once. It's software is poor, it has too many flashing lights and talks too much. There is nothing worse than a loud female synthetic voice announcing"signal lost - acquiring signal" after you just entered a dead silent church, preparing to take an unobtrusive shot of that stained glass window... :)
    So, don't waste too much time looking for the discontinued Gisteq.
    Christoph
     
  7. What camera are you using?
    I'm using Nikon GP1 with my (Nikon) SLRs - it connects to the camera and gets its power from the camera's main battery. It's quite nice that the GPS goes to sleep when the camera is inactive, so the battery life impact isn't significant. As long as your camera has power, so does the GPS. The photos are geotagged in-camera, so you have nothing to do after the shoot. My only problem that the GPS plugs into the 10-pin remote connector, making me buy yet another remote that plugs into the GPS unit. Other than that - a very convenient solution.
    There are also quite a lot of 3rd party solutions out there.
    Regards,
    Jean
     
  8. Thanks guys,
    Unfortunately, Christoph, I have already wasted time looking for the discontinued Gisteq. It's good to know that I can stop, that sounds awful. Jean, I use a Canon 60D.
    I'll likely be buying the Holux tomorrow. I've got some time to test it before my travels.
    -Vern
     
  9. We use a Garmin eTrex H (a very basic unit) to log a GPS track. It runs on two AA batteries and generally lasts an entire day. We use RoboGeo to correlate the GPS tracks with the photos and as long as you make sure that your camera time is correct it works fine.
     
  10. I have owned many gps trackers and hand held gps units. Sony, Magellan, garmin, Delorme, phototrackr, to name a few, some I lost some broke. My current solution is to use the gps in my smart phone and a app like GPS tracker and then send a email to myself with the GPX data which I then import to Lightroom4 to tag my photos. I have found that since I have wifi on my phone and the gps chip in my phone works without a data connection I can use my phone anywhere in the world. since I can swap out my battery to my phone I have been able to keep my phone running without having to recharge. but have found it is better to start a new track every day.
     

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