What Good Is A GPS Digital Camera?
Should You Consider a GPS Digital Camera
Have you considered a GPS digital camera? Maybe you should.
Perhaps you travel a bit and love taking photos, but later you have trouble remembering just where you encountered that glorious two tiered waterfall. Wouldn't it be great if you could record location information on those photos to jog your memory?
Wouldn't it also be handy too to be able to find your photos based on where they were taken rather than searching through hundreds or thousands of photos? For anyone who really takes a lot of pictures with a digital camera this could significantly cut down on search time.
Well, there are ways to do this, and we will talk briefly about them but GPS digital cameras are available; those which have built-in GPS to do the trick by themselves. Learn all about the options here.
The Advantages and Disadvantages
The primary advantages of a GPS digital camera are obvious. Using GPS technology, a photographer can have fairly specific location data recorded along with their images. Just as date stamps helped in jogging the memory for years so can location information. It can be useful for both professionals and average consumers/casual users as well.
In addition, for those who take a large volume of pictures these geotagging cameras could really make finding photos easier. Searching by location can narrow down the number of images you have to sort through to find the one you're looking for.
There are, at least currently, some drawbacks to a GPS digital camera however. Clearly, operating the GPS feature consumes battery power, so battery life is negatively influenced.
In addition, a camera with true built-in GPS will be just a bit bulkier and heavier. Then of course, the cost of these cameras is also higher than for a similar model without GPS. The other primary problem at this time is simply the limited availability of built-in GPS. Right now, the number of cameras offering true built-in GPS is somewhat limited. However, there are both DSLRs and point and shoot cameras with this feature. Some of the best point and shoots with GPS are also rugged in other ways making them perfect for travelers.
What Are the Current Options for Digital Camera GPS?
Here are some of the current ways of using GPS information to tag your photos.
- Use a separate portable gps device to record location information while photographing. Then using special software, transfer that information to geocode your photos on your computer after the fact. It's a bit cumbersome and more complex if you aren't as comfortable with the technology. (There is a video tutorial on this below)
- Use an add-on device, such as the one shown above to get the GPS function. These are designed to work with a wide range of cameras.
- Buy a GPS digital camera. Use free downloadable programs such as GPicSync by Google to geocode your pictures after the fact.
- For casual users; use a camera phone with built-in GPS to take your photos. Clearly, this option reduces the number of photographic features you have to choose from as camera phones still don't offer many of the features found on stand alone digital cameras.
- Use the Eye-Fi Explore memory cards. Are they more expensive than other memory cards? Absolutely. But they allow geotagging and wireless transfer.
Things to Think About
Before you buy a digital camera which the salesman indicates has GPS, be sure you understand what you are getting.Is the GPS built-in? Does the camera just offer a port to attach GPS? Do you have to buy the GPS as an optional feature?