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GPS Digital Camera

Updated on August 20, 2014

The Options for 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 be handy too to be able to find your photos based on where they were taken? 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 of a GPS Camera

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's good for 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.

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 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, there the number of cameras offering true built-in GPS is somewhat limited.

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 those shown below 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?

A Good Choice

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)

This GPS digital camera from Canon has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with improved sensitivity for better low light shots. It features 20x optical zoom, optical image stabilization for blur free shots, a 3" TFT LCD panel, and a 25mm wide angle lens. This camera offers GPS tracking/recording, face ID, and a Smart Auto function which optimizes settings for over 58 predefined shooting situations.

Users can also record full 1080p HD video at 24fps with stereo sound. The wind filter feature will help eliminate unwanted noise while recording. This camera also provides a high speed burst mode which allows users to capture up to 10 rapid shots in a burst.

It is available in three colors.


Canon Powershot SC260

Digital Camera Add-On for GPS Capabilities

Learn More about Add On Devices for GPS Capabilities

A Tutorial on Geotagging Your Pictures with a Portable GPS Unit

What Do You Say?

Will a Camera with GPS be Your Next Camera?

Yes, that sounds really cool and useful!

Yes, that sounds really cool and useful!

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    • Nikontraveler 5 years ago

      I have two now. I have a Fuji F550EXR that the GPS hardly works at all. Has a real hard time getting a satellite signal. The other camera is a Nikon D700 with a Promote GPS receiver. It is perfect. I'm looking for a better pocket camera that has GPS. Looking for reviews on all the cameras mentioned above.

    • williemack58 5 years ago

      Why not I am due for a new camera anyway.

    • canonpowershotsx130isreview 5 years ago

      I definitely know that I'm going to have one of these. I don't know if it will be may next camera, but i will try it out for sure, add to my collection.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. I travel frequently & like to hike or mountain bike to remote locations. A GPS or geotagging camera would be extremely helpful in organizing my photos, as well as helping me remember exact locations. I would like to know if the GPS metadata includes altitude.

    • SafeCard LM 5 years ago

      soon :)

    • markets 6 years ago

      It does sound neat. Maybe upload photos of geo-tagged places to Google Earth... that would be sweet :)

    • UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I'm part of a search and rescue team, it could be useful

    • squidootime 6 years ago

      Using GPS a lot now so good info!

    • Philippians468 6 years ago

      yes i hope so!

    • canonpowershotprice 6 years ago

      Wow great lens i did not have any idea about this kind of camera thanks

    • gogy 6 years ago

      Perhaps :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      The location tagging adds good info to the picture. A GPS camera that has some navigation capability is good too; anyone can get lost and need a little help getting home.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes. I have a Nikon Ftn I bought in 1968. Have boxes of slides, negatives, and pictures I've taken over the years. I know where some were taken, but it sure would be nice to know for sure, many don't even have dates.

      I decided to upgrade to a digital PRO camera about a month ago. I was told Nikon and Cannon have an attachment, that I don't believe interfaces with the camera but some other device.

      When I expect to pay a minimun of $2500 for a body I expect GPS installed as an intergal component. I can buy a GPS for less than $100 and they can be made extremely small. Anyone afraid of battery drain can use the on/off function for the GPS.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I am shooting with Nikon DSLR, D300 and luckily I got an Easytagger GPS. I can geotag directly.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I've been using it with my phone now and I can't get enough of it! I've actually been looking for a new camera for 2011 and have found a site which makes it easy. You should have a look maybe they will cover GPS cameras too. Digital Camera Reviews 2011.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes; I want to make use of iPhoto's "Places" feature. Thanks for this useful article. Please add the Casio EX-H20G to your list; I particularly like its ability to locate photos taken out of GPS reach, (building interiors, slot canyons, etc.), by using accelerometer-based dead-reckoning in conjunction with the next GPS contact.

    • Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I think so, these look so cool! I had no idea they even made these until I visited your lens, thank you!

    • Brian Stephens 7 years ago from France

      I am always forgetting where I took my photographs, i think this is a great idea.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting feature to have on a camera, didn't know that it existed,

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I want one, but if you are going to have geo tagging there should be a consumer grade camera that is waterproof.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I have wanted something like this for years. How cool for when I am on vacation or simply canoeing down the Wisconsin river.

    • shayes34 8 years ago

      I didn't know camera could have this feature, it's really cool. As an amateur photographer this is good information, thanks.

    Nope, just another feature I don't need to pay for on my budget!

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No - I don't like the potential for loss of privacy.

      • Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

        How about this: That sounds really cool and useful! But it's really another feature that I don't need to pay for on my budget.

      • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        Sounds interesting. My don't think I need that on a camera.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        No! I post some pics online and don't want the entire internet knowing where my home is.

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      Introduction: Locify. (no derivative work allowed)

      Advantages and Disadvantages of a GPS Camera: raneko.

      What are the Options: Dawvon.

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          HomeDecorKnight 4 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 5 years ago

          Waiting for the Samsung WB850F to come out.

          Anybody aware when that will happen?

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          jimmyworldstar 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago

          great resource - well done

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          Philippians468 6 years ago

          my two favorite gadgets combined! cheers

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          canonpowershotprice 6 years ago

          Great Informative lens. Very Specific in its objective

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          anonymous 6 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 6 years ago

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

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          mrylodg123 6 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 6 years ago

          Great lens - very informative, have definitely been enlightened.

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          Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

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

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          Brian Stephens 7 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 7 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 8 years ago from London, England

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

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          Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

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

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          Joffy 8 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:

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          rebeccahiatt 8 years ago

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