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BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone

vladman

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vladman Registered since 25th Jun 2009
Fri 24-Dec-10 12:27 PM

Just ordered one of these gizmos:

http://blueslr.worldsecuresystems.com/accessory/blueslr-advanced

Doesn't only embed your iPhone's GPS data into EXIF, but also allows you to control your camera remotely, from your iPhone.

If it works as promised, I'll be a happy camper! It'll be great for when taking the camera with me on holidays. Can't wait to start using my camera properly, instead of taking hundreds of test shots.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everybody, here's to an exciting 2011, and many fabulous photos!

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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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#1. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 0

TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Fri 24-Dec-10 03:03 PM

Wow that sounds like a winner to me. I do see one problem though. If your looking for an accurate GPS location of where you took the image and you are shooting with the i-phone remotely at say the max 300 ft. Would the camera not save the info from the iPhone's location and not the cameras? It could be misleading. I think most GPS modules are fixed to the camera. But for the remote I like it. I wonder if you can see live view through the iPhone screen. Merry Christmas Eve

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TakeTwo

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#2. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 1

TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Fri 24-Dec-10 03:27 PM

I did some research and found this. To the live view question, No or not yet anyway.

http://usd.blueslr.com/ForumRetrieve.aspx?ForumID=909&TopicID=1538&NoTemplate=False

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KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#3. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 0

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Fri 24-Dec-10 10:27 PM

Wow that looks great. It's going on my "things to buy list"

Best regards, SteveK

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vladman

London, UK
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#4. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 1

vladman Registered since 25th Jun 2009
Sun 26-Dec-10 01:38 PM

>Wow that sounds like a winner to me. I do see one problem
>though. If your looking for an accurate GPS location of where
>you took the image and you are shooting with the i-phone
>remotely at say the max 300 ft. Would the camera not save the
>info from the iPhone's location and not the cameras? It could
>be misleading.

I'm sure you're right, and I did think about that, but decided that most of the times, I'll have my iPhone in my pocket and the camera in my hands, and just use the dongle to embed the GPS location (the primary reason I bought it). The remote operation abilities are a great add-on bonus, and I'm sure I'll use them, but again, probably not that often, and I doubt I'll ever try and use it at its maximum advertised working distance.

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ramii

US
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#5. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 0

ramii Registered since 21st Nov 2006
Tue 28-Dec-10 10:46 AM

Please note that they found out that these fit upside down on the D7000. Their cust service is great & are working on a fix. If you ordered, you have the option of getting it now & using it (hanging off the camera) and they will ship another one once they have a fix, or getting a refund. see below for content of the email they sent.

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You are receiving this email from blueSLR because you purchased a blueSLR accessory for Nikon Advanced cameras (Nikon D90, Nikon D7000)

We have discovered a manufacturing defect that affects the Nikon D7000 only. The Nikon D90 accessory is not affected.


Manufacturing Defect

Customers that have received their orders have identified a defect in the design of the blueSLR accessory. Many of the Nikon D7000 cameras have their GPS/Data port reversed from the way it was positioned during our design. This means that the blueSLR accessory does not fit seamlessly onto the camera. With the port being reversed, the accessory hangs off the bottom of the camera as opposed to hugging the body.

Here is a picture sent to us by one of our customers:


Photo credit: E.Lansaw

What have we done?

We temporarily removed the D7000 from our list of supported cameras.

This has lead to some questions from customers that have placed orders but not yet received them. This email is us being proactive to all other customers to let them know we have a problem, and to offer two choices.

Your options.

If you would like to cancel your order because of this defect we completely understand. It was not what we portrayed the accessory to look like on your camera, and we take responsibility for that. To cancel your order, please reply to this email (or email info@blueSLR.com) with your Invoice number (sent immediately after your order was placed) stating you would like to cancel your order. We will promptly refund any and all monies already collected and then cancel your order.

Alternately, if you'd like to hang on to your order and accept the accessory as it is, we will fulfill your order as expected. Additionally, when we work out the defect, we will ship you another accessory that will function as we both expected it to - hug the body of the camera vertically, as opposed to hanging below the body. We will also send a postage paid box to return the original defective accessory back to us. So, you get to use your accessory while we fix the defect, and then you get a new accessory to replace the existing one.

Summary

We found a defect in the accessory for the Nikon D7000. We don't like the way it looks, and neither do some of our customers.

The Nikon D90 is not affected.

We are offering you the ability to cancel your order, or let us fulfill the order and then ship you a replacement part when we have resolved the issue.

Your choice. We want you to be satisfied. If you are not satisfied, we are not satisfied. It's as simple as that.

Thank you for your support during this trying time.

Derick, on behalf of the blueSLR Team.

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vladman

London, UK
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#6. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 5

vladman Registered since 25th Jun 2009
Tue 28-Dec-10 04:34 PM

Yes, I received that earlier today too.

I emailed them asking about the estimated time it will take to have the modified version produced, tested and ready for shipping. They replied and said it will probably take several months.

Not sure if I want to receive the upside-down one... Probably could live with it, but worried about damage to it or camera if it's hanging off like that.

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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#7. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 6

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Wed 19-Jan-11 05:01 PM

>Yes, I received that earlier today too.
>
>I emailed them asking about the estimated time it will take to
>have the modified version produced, tested and ready for
>shipping. They replied and said it will probably take several
>months.
>
>Not sure if I want to receive the upside-down one... Probably
>could live with it, but worried about damage to it or camera
>if it's hanging off like that.

I got mine today, it works fine but I am sure will be broken in no time flat, several months is a long time to wait tho. Hmmm

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siemwell

HK
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#8. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 7

siemwell Registered since 18th Mar 2011
Mon 21-Mar-11 02:07 AM

That is really great. And cute design. What is the link range of the Dongle? 10 meters? Since I know that is normal link range for a bluetooth. But a pity only for Iphone and ipad.

Another choice is http://www.e-geotag.com/product.aspx Also a bluetooth choice. Just a simple bluetooth solution.

vladman

London, UK
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#9. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 8

vladman Registered since 25th Jun 2009
Mon 16-May-11 08:57 AM

Has anyone heard from BlueSLR and/or received their updated dongle?

I emailed them several times in the last month or so and all my emails went unanswered. I used both an email address that I used before, and another new one I found on their website.

The last communication I had from them was in back in February when they said they're hoping to have the redesigned device ready in 2-4 weeks, and after than, nothing.

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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#10. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 9

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Mon 16-May-11 10:34 AM

I heard from them a few weeks ago, since I have been awaiting a replacement to the one I got from them, they say the change is much more major than at first thought, problem with Chinese manufacturer etc so I have returned mine for a refund.

No time soon is the answer I think.

Mike

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vladman

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#11. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 10

vladman Registered since 25th Jun 2009
Tue 17-May-11 09:12 AM

Thanks, I've also requested a refund. Still haven't heard back from them.

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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#12. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 11

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Tue 17-May-11 01:37 PM

>Thanks, I've also requested a refund. Still haven't heard
>back from them.

They told me I would get an Amazon credit, but nothing received yet

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wellsiem

HK
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#13. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 12

wellsiem Registered since 02nd Jun 2011
Sun 05-Jun-11 05:09 AM

cool product. anyone can help me with how does it work? Do I need to install anything to make them work together?

mudman2

Jamison, US
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#14. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 13

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Wed 08-Jun-11 10:33 AM

It does work on other cameras just not on the D7000. The systems works but the connector on the 7K is upside down with respect to other models so the dongle hangs off the bottom of the camera.

It works but I am pretty sure it will be broken in 5 minutes.

I have returned for a refund, and as yet it has not been recieved so I am a bit dubious about these guys right now

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ChrisPlatt

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#15. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 1

ChrisPlatt Registered since 04th Jun 2011
Wed 08-Jun-11 04:29 PM

>Wow that sounds like a winner to me. I do see one problem
>though. If your looking for an accurate GPS location of where
>you took the image and you are shooting with the i-phone
>remotely at say the max 300 ft. Would the camera not save the
>info from the iPhone's location and not the cameras? It could
>be misleading. I think most GPS modules are fixed to the
>camera. But for the remote I like it. I wonder if you can see
>live view through the iPhone screen. Merry Christmas Eve

I don't view this as much of a problem. The iPhone integrates three positioning technologies: Assisted GPS, WiFI, and Cellular Positioning. Assisted GPS is the most accurate, but has been tested to a median error of 8m - almost 30 ft, but depending on where you are, the accuracy can be much worse. Median errors for WiFi positioning can be 74 meters, and cellular positioning can be off by 600m. Standing in a spot for awhile may improve the accuracy, but I strain the patience of my "photographers assistant" enough without telling her to "Hang on, I need some more time-to-first-fix.."

You can count on your cell phone to place you in the ball park, but not in your seat.

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mudman2

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#16. "RE: BlueSLR GPS dongle for D7000 - works with iPhone" | In response to Reply # 14

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Mon 20-Jun-11 11:31 AM

Just an FYI I received my refund from them. Now awaiting a real 7K solution

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