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Monday, March 23, 2009

Where Were You?

GPS and geotagging are enhancing the photographic experience by helping photographers find, remember and share photo hot spots

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Canon’s (www.usa.canon.com) accessory Wireless File Transmitter, the WFT-E2A, allows wireless file transfer and camera remote control. Great features, sure, but more exciting is that when connected to the Canon EOS-1D/1Ds Mark III and a portable GPS unit, location information can be directly embedded in the cameras’ metadata. The Mark III even displays that GPS information on its LCD screen. Estimated Street Price: $749.

The Nikon Coolpix P6000 (www.nikonusa.com) point-and-shoot has a GPS receiver built in. It won’t keep you from getting lost, but the camera does automatically geotag each image with precise location information input to the file’s metadata. When images are up-loaded (via the built-in Ethernet connection) to Nikon’s my Picturetown or other websites that can translate geotags, location information can be mapped effortlessly on every image. List Price: $499.

The Magellan Triton 2000
(www.magellangps.com) is a full-featured portable navigation device. Along with a huge screen and expandable SD card storage for unlimited maps, waypoints and routes, the Triton 2000 includes other fun bells and whistles. There’s a built-in voice recorder for note-taking, MP3 capability and a headphone jack and a flashlight for yet another space-saving backup. An electronic compass and a barometer provide invaluable information for seasoned travelers, too, and the 2.7-inch screen can even display photos. It’s also compatible with National Geographic TOPO maps. Estimated Street Price: $499.

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Garmin’s Oregon 400t (www.garmin.com) is the company’s first backcountry GPS device with touch-screen technology. Preloaded with topographic maps of the U.S., it also sports altimeter and electronic compass for off-road navigation. Automotive travelers need not fear since the 400t also is useful on the highway. With the additional one-time purchase of Garmin’s nüMaps Lifetime subscription program, 400t users can download new points of interest and maps indefinitely. List Price: $599 (400t); $119-$149 (nüMaps programs).

Most digital cameras can be turned into a geotagger with Sony’s GPS-CS1KASP (www.sonystyle.com). Simply synchronize the camera’s date and time details to match the so-simple-it’s-screenless GPS-CS1KASP, and let the geo-tagging commence. It clips conveniently to camera straps, bags or belt loops. After shooting, use the included Picture Motion Browser software to integrate GPS coordinates into image files meta-data, and easily sync photographs with detailed Google Maps. List Price: $149.

JOBO’s photoGPS (www.jobo-usa.com) is designed for users with demanding requirements for battery life and efficiency. Mounted to the camera hot-shoe, the device logs GPS data only when the shutter is triggered. Then, instead of calculating the satellite positioning information live, the data is simply recorded for processing later in the computer—effectively minimizing the electrical load and battery drain on the device. After shooting, GPS data and image files are synchronized automatically in the computer via matching time signatures. Estimated Street Price: $175.


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