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What Good Is A GPS Digital Camera?

Updated on February 25, 2018
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I've spent half of my life living in urban areas and the other half in small rural communities. Mulberry, Indiana was a special place.


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?

Learn More about Add On Devices for GPS Capabilities

A Tutorial on Geotagging Your Pictures with a Portable GPS Unit

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    • HomeDecorKnight profile image

      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      GPS Digital Camera is great one, great technology, great review, I like the lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My dream is to have a camera including gps and a compas.. then for each photo I could later on be able to know where exactly the photo was taken and in which direction :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Waiting for the Samsung WB850F to come out.

      Anybody aware when that will happen?

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I didn't know GPS cameras existed, I know many cameras record the settings that are used when uploading a picture.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really useful as GPS cameras are worth the investment as the electronic design gone into them is amazing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We are planning a trip to Europe this summer. My current camera is three years old and does not have GPS. A long telephoto lens and GPS will help take lots of photos and note their location. I am hoping the new Nikon P510 will fill the bill. However, Image quality is first priority.

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      DumbellAbs 6 years ago

      Hey I think this is an awesome concept. I know that for hunters especially who are into taking pictures as they are on their journeys (and anyone expoloring vast areas for that matter) need GPS. I find many of my friends who use the Nikon D3100 (read my review site here - comment on their excitement about GPS capabilities in the future.

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      Ken McVay 6 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Thanks for the lens - I wasn't aware of the WiFi memory cards - awesome tool!

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      Never heard of a camera like this, but am always interested in the latest innovations in digital photography. It certainly would be a convenience, but I wouldn't like the added weight or the drain on my camera batteries.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome gadget,awesome lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel-Have a great day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      GPS built into a digital camera, I guess dreams do come true!

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      pramodbisht 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens - Thanks for sharing

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      AigulErali 6 years ago

      I love the idea of combining a gps system with a digital camera. Great lens!

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      TeamDealStartsH 6 years ago

      Dude, I didn't even know they made these! I always wondered what would happen if they combined a GPS and a Digital Camera! I guess I'm kind of behind on Digital Camera Technology! Time to read up on more great posts, such as this one! Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      electrogadgetfreak 6 years ago

      mulberry, i'm now a huge fan! great info once again

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great camera resource lens.

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      great resource - well done

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      my two favorite gadgets combined! cheers

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      canonpowershotprice 7 years ago

      Great Informative lens. Very Specific in its objective

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I use Nikon P100 30X ultrazoom, as I photograph Butterflys. GPS function on my Nikon or Canon Ultrazoom would make life easier to recall the butterfly site per species of butterflys. Great functionality...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      GPS looks quite useful while traveling and great to know that it comes with digital camera also.

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      mrylodg123 7 years ago

      @rebeccahiatt: Elixim H20G is a cool camera! The geotagging feature is very useful for tourist camera enthusiasts! GPS system in a point and shoot camera is way advanced! Plus you can get this camera with a cool cash back deal online!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens - very informative, have definitely been enlightened.

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Fantastic information, you have educated me on these and sold me!

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      Great idea for a camera, especially when you are into photography and getting lets say a little more mature. I know I am always forgetting where I take my photographs as I wander around in the South of France.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Mulberry, another lens packed with more than useful information. Thanks.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; blessed by an Angel.

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      DougP LM 8 years ago

      Very informative, as was the YouTube video. Thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Haven't seen information this specific, elsewhere!. Thanks!

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      Andy-Po 9 years ago

      Great lens. GPS on a camera is a really useful feature.

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great job, Mulberry! You have some of the best shopping lenses on Squidoo. Well done!

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      Joffy 9 years ago

      that would be awesome to take on hikes etc.

      thanks for taking the time to put this together.

      very informative.

      if you get the time, check out mine:

      Camera Digital Lenses

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      rebeccahiatt 9 years ago

      This sounds like great new technology, but I bet it is expensive.