It is only $54.95 and seems to have the same capabilities and performs as well as the Nikon GP-1. In addition, it has an On/Off switch.
The unit is small, 1-3/4in x 1-1/4 in x 3/8in. Has a hot shoe mount and comes with a strap, 2 cables- one for 10 pin conenctions and another for D90/ D700/ D5000/ D3100 type connections, and also has a lockable remote shutter release with a 3ft cord that plugs into the unit. All of the cables seem sturdy, not thin. The brand on the box is Micnova and it is made in China.
So far it seems to work just fine. Not as capable as some others, including the Solmeta, but not as expensive.
Sat 02-Jul-11 06:24 PM | edited Sat 02-Jul-11 06:33 PM by mklass
The cord from the GPS attaches to the 10-pin connector on the left front of the camera. This is where a remote shutter release normally connects. The GPS kit comes with a remote shutter release that connects to the GPS unit, so you still have remote release capability.
How you route the cable between the GPS and the 10-pin connector is up to you, but it isn't real long. However, when I connect it to my D700 or D3S, the connector is pointing the opposite way as show in teh picture on the Adorama site.
>I recently purchased this from Adorama: >http://www.adorama.com/CZFPGPS.html?kbid=912610 > >It is only $54.95 and seems to have the same capabilities and >performs as well as the Nikon GP-1. In addition, it has an >On/Off switch. > >The unit is small, 1-3/4in x 1-1/4 in x 3/8in. Has a hot shoe >mount and comes with a strap, 2 cables- one for 10 pin >conenctions and another for D90/ D700/ D5000/ D3100 type >connections, and also has a lockable remote shutter release >with a 3ft cord that plugs into the unit. All of the cables >seem sturdy, not thin. The brand on the box is Micnova and it >is made in China. > >So far it seems to work just fine. Not as capable as some >others, including the Solmeta, but not as expensive. > >Mick >www.mickklassphoto.com
I just bought the exact same GPS from amazon for $39.99. I'll review it after I get it! Gary
I bought this on a saturday and it shipping out Sunday night according to the tracker. I got it on Wednesday so kudos for this vendor sending it so quickly. I ordered my Nikon D5100 earlier that day, but got it on Thursday so I had to wait a day before testing it.
When I got it, I was amazed at how small the GPS is. In fact, the entire package could fit in two cigarette boxes, the largest part being the remote shutter release. I was expecting the GPS unit to feel cheap, but surprisingly for such a little thing, it felt solid in my hands. It doesn't take a genius to set this thing up. All you have to do is slide the GPS in the hotshoe and install the cable, which I heard was flimsy, but they look well made. However, the way the cables stick out of the gps unit and the camera body does make you wonder how long it'll take before something snags on it, so I'm looking for a 90 degree angle usb adapter and I'm not sure where I can get the same for the connector on the body side.
Remember, once the GPS cable is plugged into the camera, you cannot close the rubber camera flap. So you're going to have to be ok with that or cut it. I thought about it before I bought it so I already knew this would be an issue so I just leave the flap hanging. If I use it enough I may just cut a hole in the flap so I can just plug it in with the flap in place. The cable definitely ruins the clean look of the camera, but thats to be expected and that's the way it looks on the Nikon GPS (GP-1?) unit that cost about $300!
So how does it perform: I turned on my camera after plugging it in and it took about a minute to acquire a lock inside the house. Looking at the LCD status, I can see the GPS icon blinking and it stopped when the lock was acquired. It showed the GPS coordinates when I selected the GPS settings so I took two pictures. I later noticed the green LED flashing which means it's failed to find or lost the lock on my coordinates. This may be due to the settings where I have metering-off still enabled by default. If enabled, the gps will turn off when the metering is off to save battery life. I'll turn it on to test it out later. I also read reviews of the Nikon GPS unit and people seem to be having the same issue.
I downloaded the pictures to iPhoto and it was able to pin point my location where I took the picture by having iPhoto display where that picture was taken and it was accurate. IPhoto had no issue reading the GPS info off the picture!
The product is an excellent value. I initially gave it a 4 star because of the gps lock issue, but since the Nikon unit has the same issue, I'm giving it a 5 star for now based on the value of this package. I will downgrade it if I see fit and I'll be going on vacation with this thing so I'll have more experience with it when I come back from my trip (and I'll update this review).
The only con i see in the design (which is also an issue with the Nikon unit) is that the unit hangs off the hot shoe so it interferes with the pop up flash. I'll simply hang it off the camera strap if using the flash or any mode that uses the flash, but I won't downgrade the rating due to this because I consider it as a mounting option and it is indeed a good place to put it (for now). I probably would have downgraded my review if it didn't have this option. I wish it came with a mount for the camera strap. I'll simply use a velco strap for that.
I'll definitely order from this vendor again (Red Star) again. I felt comfy with them only because the sale was fulfilled by amazon and it seems like they have other accessories at competitive prices. From this experience, I will purchase from them again.
Buying the Nikon GPS is an investment ($300). You can buy a decent point and shoot camera for that price. Buying this unit was a no-brainer as it is about the same cost as an extra Nikon battery for my camera.
Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
That is what Amazon says.
Seems a hot sale.
So I googled for some alternatives. And raised this question, seems there are two, one is Easytagger, and the other are Solmeta, are different than All these ones including Nikon GP-1. So what is the big disadvantage these like GP-1? when turn off the camera, say, after half an hour, turn on the camera again, will I have to wait for a cold start?
I have the EasyTagger, or also called the EasyTag.
It is as what the name suggests, easy to use.
No switch, just plug it in, go to an open space, wait for a
min for the GPS icon to stop blinking, and you can start
Easy to use, simple design and most importantly to me,
extremely affordable at 49.99. It may not have fancy features
but it does what a GPS is supposed to do and accurately. Tag
>We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
>That is what Amazon says.
>Seems a hot sale.
>So I googled for some alternatives. And raised this
>seems there are two, one is Easytagger, and the other are
>Solmeta, are different than All these ones including Nikon
>GP-1. So what is the big disadvantage these like GP-1?
>turn off the camera, say, after half an hour, turn on the
>camera again, will I have to wait for a cold start?
Here's my experience from Red Star: I just ordered the item; in the ad it said $6.97 shipping but my charge showed a total of $54.94 or close to that. The item was $37.99 but instead of $6.97 shipping I was charged sixteen-something for "shipping and handling". The ad didn't say anything about an additional handling charge. I cancelled the order.