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3 Rugged Cameras with Geotagging

Updated on June 14, 2012
Panasonic TS4 camera with geotagging information for the Golden Gate bridge.
Panasonic TS4 camera with geotagging information for the Golden Gate bridge.

Tough Cameras Have GPS and Much More

Digital media has made it easy for shutterbugs to take more photos at less cost than ever was possible with film. But if you're traveling, can you remember exactly where you took each photo? And when you get home, how much time will you spend tagging your images to so you can sort them later by location? New cameras with geotagging can simplify the process. These rugged cameras have built-in GPS devices so they can automatically identify where your photo was taken and embed the information in your photo's meta data. But GPS isn't the only cool feature you'll find in these cameras. They're also compact, waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, making them some of the best travel cameras on the market.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is one of the bestselling tough cameras with geotagging features. That's because it offers Nikon's trademark quality in a compact design, making it the perfect travel camera or everyday camera. It features a 16 MP CMOS sensor and a 5x Zoom-NIKKOR ED lens to help you capture every image perfectly, and when you want video instead of photos, the AW100 shoots 1080p HD video. And it will work under conditions that would ruin a regular compact camera. You can take this Coolpix to 33 feet underwater, drop it from heights up to to 5 feet, subject it to cold temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and it'll keep working.

The built-in GPS will geotag your photos wherever you are. Its built-in maps let you view your path, and it also features an electronic compass to help you blaze your trail. Then use the Nikon View NX2 software or Google Earth to automatically pinpoint your photos by the embedded geo data.

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic has been one of the leading underwater point-and-shoot camera manufacturers for several years with its Lumix TS series. The latest model, the Lumix DMC-TS4, is again proving to be one of the best models on the market. Packed with features such as a 12.1 MP sensor, HD video, GPS, a compass, an altimeter, a barometer, multiple scene modes, 3D photo capability, panorama mode, miniature effect, manual controls, and much more, the TS4 is a highly versatile camera.

It's waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to falls from 6.6 feet, freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof. It can go where you go and geotag your photos along the way. The TS4's built-in GPS function displays not only latitudes and longitudes, but also location and landmark information area (see the intro photo that shows the display reading when viewing the Golden Gate Bridge from the southbound side of the bridge, located in Marin County, California). The TS4 can recognize and tag over 1,000,000 locations in 82 countries or regions.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm FinePix XP150

The FinePix XP150 is one of Fujifilm's new waterproof cameras for 2012, and it comes equipped with GPS, a 14 MP CMOS sensor, HD video, a 2.7-inch anti-reflective LCD, a FUJINON 5x wide angle optical zoom lenses (28-140mm) and the ability to shoot up to 10 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. Like the cameras above, it's also rugged. The XP150 is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 6.5 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees F and dustproof.

The camera's geotagging feature can embed geo tags with latitude and longitude or place names, and the built-in compass will also record the direction the camera is pointing when the picture was taken. So if you get home and discover the photo wasn't quite right, the GPS and compass can help you pinpoint the exact location and orientation where the photo was taken so you can try it again.


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