I am looking for a small GPS device that connects to my D3 and D3x, but it should:
-connect to the 10 pin connector on the front -have its own battery power, i.e. not be able to drain the camera's battery -use replaceable batteries for long trips without electricity -use a short cable -show the heading (the direction in which the photo was taken) -still allow a remote release to be connected at the same time
Thanks JRP. I'm a bit worried about the power consumption though. When I'm in the desert for two weeks, my D3 batteries will do fine, but with the GPS working only 10 hours on a single charge, that won't work. When I'm working in very remote areas, I prefer using devices that uses regular batteries, but unfortunately most devices need to be charged. I looked at their website, but the pdf won't download.
I have Garmin 60CSx (with normal AA batteries), but connecting it to the D3/x is cumbersome and requires a lot of cables.
Thu 31-Dec-09 02:44 AM | edited Thu 31-Dec-09 02:46 AM by Ralphster
Several years back I went kayaking in the boundary waters and a buddy of mine had a Brunton Solar Charger that rolled up and stowed in his pack. We would roll it out on the back of the kayak and use it to charge anything that had a 12volt cigarette adapter. It was fantastic. If I ever travel out to the sticks again, I'll buy one. If I remember, it was about $300.00 or more. If you google it there are a bunch online. I would think you could unroll it on the back of the donkey and be set.
>Which GPS chipset does the Solmeta unit use? I looked on >their website and they don't state which is used. > >From many years of GPS experience I have committed to buying >only GPS units that use the SiRF chipsets. Fast acquisition >times, works indoors, etc. > >Thanks.
I don't like the idea of yet another battery and charger to worry about, so I bought with the Nikon and Dawntech pro GPSs for my cameras. After months of use I prefer the Dawntech, because it has a on/off switch unlike the Nikon. The Dawntech Pro also has a 10pin passthru so you can still use a remote shutter. My only complaint is that the little round cap for the pasthru loosen and fall out easily, just like on the D200, unless you overtighten them which makes it difficult to remove afterward.
What about you bring a solar chager? That can solve your power issue. And for all the gps devices no matter with or without internal battery, they consume camera's power more or less. For the camera will search the connected hardware and that will consume power. So you may set up the 'auto meter off' in the menu, turn it on and set it to 6 or 8 seconds, then each time after 6 or 8 seconds you do not press the button, the camera will not detect any hardware and fall into 'sleep'. I am using a Easytag GPS which you may find at www.e-geotag.com which geotag directly into photos just as all the other similar product do and beside that it can log the trails and it also can show heading. I am quite satisfied with it so far since I bought it 2 weeks ago.
Early on with my D300 I used a cable that came somewhere from Asia, that allowed the use of an external GPS such as a Garmin. This would be your safest option since the Nikon serial cable is readily available now. The only problem is finding a hand unit that outputs the NEMA heading, plus you have to orient the hand unit correctly. FYI the compass on the the hand units and pretty much all GPS units is not very accurate especially when static (I am a Land Surveyor). I now use the Solmeta and I am very happy with the unit, but then again you have the charging issue.
This is not exactly what you asked for, but as an option there are quite a few programs, some free, some paid, that can take the track log of your GPS and embed the GPS data after the fact into your photos. They all match the date/time of your photos to the date/time of the GPS file and copy over the coordinates.
However, I'm not sure if any of these worth with NEF files.
This might be an option, since you mention you already have a very good handheld GPS in the Garmin.
Thanks for that. I've decided to go with the Garmin, as it works on AA batteries and is really good. I have ordered a special cable that should connect it to the D3x. If it arrives in time, I'll report back if it was a succes or not.
Before I bought an on-camera GPS, I used my Garmin 60CS with my D2H and D2X. I still have the parts buried around here somewhere. In my case I bought the over-priced Nikon cable that had a DB-9 serial connection and the standard Nikon 10-pin connection. To connect to the GPS I had to buy a cable that had the round 4-pin Garmin connector and a corresponding DB-9 serial connection, which plugged into the Nikon unit. Don't forget to go into the setup of your GPS and make sure the data output is in the right format (I want to say NMEA).
It all worked fine for me, but it was definitely cumbersome.
They were (are?) offering a discount to Nikoian (paid) members. Without the discount, its only $109. Its the size of a book of matches and comes with three cables. One is the 10 pin cable for the D3 and others, one is the GPS connector for the D90 like GPS connector. These two cables are short, but not necessarily as shot as you might want them if you are attaching the unit to the hot shoe. And the other is a shutter release that plugs into the unit so that you can use it and the GPS at the same time. It also mounts easily to your hot-shoe if you want. It is a great value.
This unit does NOT provide heading info. It also does not have its own battery. But these are not an issue for me, especially the lack of battery. This is a plus for me since it is so small and lightweight and I have extra camera batteries.
If Google maps are accurate, I have found the accuracy of this unit to be between 10 and 20 feet (1 to 2 meters?) The unit is very fast to pick up and lock onto a signal. It is much faster to pick up a signal than my car Magellan GPS which has an antenna on my roof. I have tested the nGPS on a D3 and D90 with similar results. For those not needing heading and super-precision, I would definitely recommend this unit, especially at the price.
Being new to GPS geo-tagging, I did not realize that Adobe Lighroom has a convenient hyper link right to google maps for each photo tagged with GPS information. This is very handy for LR users.
That is a cool gadget. Something like Phottix GeoTag. Featured the same as Nikon gp-1. Just there are more third party gadgets such as Easytagger GPS, Dawntech GPS which can provide more usage such as heading(direction), waypoints (logging, trails), later, even bluetooth etc. So besides price, what would you consider when purchasing a gps gadget?
Sat 20-Mar-10 12:39 PM | edited Sat 20-Mar-10 12:46 PM by RRRoger
I just ordered the Phottix Geo One. $111 It is supposed to have the same functions as the Nikon GPS-1 I has a pass thru port and all cables included. Software is for U-Blox 5 chipset? Includes wired hand remote. I will be using with YN ML-3a wireless. trigger. The trigger has it's own battery, the GPS does not.
>I just ordered the Phottix Geo One. $111 >It is supposed to have the same functions as the Nikon GPS-1 >I has a pass thru port and all cables included. >Software is for U-Blox 5 chipset? >Includes wired hand remote. I will be using with YN ML-3a >wireless. trigger. >The trigger has it's own battery, the GPS does not. > >Anyone have experience with this setup?
I have been running PHOTTIX GPS unit. Have had problems with TWO UNITS now. They seem to work OK for a while, then do not work. I am running a 6 month old D3. I have been in correspondence with PHOTTIX, so, I suggest you hold off for a while. I dont think its my camera that is causing problems with the units
It appears that the problems I had with my units were down to a faulty cable. I purchased a PHOTTIX GEO ONE from Hong Kong before I went to China, and it worked OK in Australia.
When I got to Beijing in March, it worked for a while, then stopped. I contacted PHOTTIX, and we thought it may have been temperature related, as it was freezing in Beijing.
When I arrived back into Shanghai after travelling around Beijing, Jiayuguan and Urumqi, I purchased another unit, and it was OK. I went to Cambodia, and the first GPS did not work, and the second unit worked, but, I still had intermittent problems. I am now back in Australia, and the first unit would not operate, but,the second unit is OK. Perhaps there wasn't sufficient satellite coverage in Cambodia ?
Today, I swapped cables, and now, first unit is OK. It appears to have been a cable related issue all along. I had tried this in Cambodia, but, perhaps due to insufficient satelite coverage, it disguised the cable issue. The Phottix units are about 50% price of the NIKON GP-1.
I am disappointed that I had the problems, but, at least now, I have a unit for each of my bodies. I run a D3 and D2Xs,and,in Melbourne, Australia now, I get perfect readings.
After googling and researching, I prefer Easytagger, Slometa and Dwantech's Geotagging devices. Heading is not a nessasary, but maybe useful in a way. Internal battery is a must. To log the tracks is a preveledge. barometric altitude? Not sure about it. I just saw Terry White wrote many reviews about geotagging http://terrywhite.com/techblog/archives/5015