I'm a Nikonian trying to do a favor for a friend at work. He is involved in a large field effort on a lake and using his own D60 to document the work. I know some DSLRs have GPS capability to record the GPS coordinates whenever a picture is taken. Could this be added to the D60? If so what gadget do you need and approximately how much does it cost?
Wed 03-Nov-10 07:33 PM | edited Wed 03-Nov-10 07:37 PM by Bob Chadwick
I don't think the D60 has this capability. Another option is to create a tracklog using a capable GPS, import it into the PC and then merge the two. I use a Garmin eTrek Venture HC, EasyGPS, Lightroom and Jeffrey Friedl's GPS plugin.
As noted, the D60 does not support direct geotagging as other more advanced models do. Even if you geotag directly, one should also record the track as the track contains additional information that the camera does not directly encode but one may want to encode into the image. Newer camera models have added GPS data not recored ed by some of the older models. Also some mapping programs will also show the track along with the image points.
>Could this be added to the D60? If so what gadget do >you need and approximately how much does it cost?
D60 has no GPS function, the GPS information can not be added to photos directly when shooting. This problem can be solved by third-part software like Locr, geosetter etc, they can match photos with GPS. What you need is a GPS unit that records GPS datas.
Nikon has GP-1, but I would not recommend here. It can not store GPS datas. Solmeta geotagger is a good choice, as it equipped with 8M memory card, the price is about $250.00. If your friend upgrade his cameras like D90, the geotagger Pro will write GPS info to pictures directly.
Another, much less expensive, option is an Eye-Fi card. This is a SD card with geotagging built into it. It works, but there are two problems with it. 1) It's slower than the newer SD cards. You will have to wait for pictures to save. 2) It doesn't work off of GPS, but off of an extensive data base of wi-fi connections. So if this lake is not near existing wi-fi connections, eye-fi won't help. In an urban area, it's fine.
The card has other benefits, if you want to take advantage of them, like automatically transfering the pictures to a laptop via wi-fi.