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Old Jan 13, 2010, 3:12 PM   #1
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Hi,

I want to Geo Tag with my D90. I was wondering if there were any cheaper methods to achieving this without spending silly money on the Nikon GPS-1.

I have an iPhone and a Tom Tom Sat nav, is there anyway to connect either of these GPS devices to the D90?

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Old Jan 13, 2010, 4:20 PM   #2
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I don't know about the connecting part. But, if your TomTom is capable of storing log files with information on where you've been with GPS coordinates and date/time stamps, you should be able to use software to match up the date/time stamps from the log files with the date/time stamps in the image EXIF and let software on your PC update the EXIF information in the image headers with the GPS coordinates.

Here's one thread on that subject:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...effective.html

There are probably some third party units around that would actually connect to your Nikon D90, too (so that the camera is including GPS coordinates in the image EXIF, without needing to use software and log files to update them later. But, I haven't personally kept up with them. Hopefully, some of our Nikon shooters will chime in with more info on this subject.

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Nikon's cameras use the standard NMEA protocol
ftp://ftp.nikon-euro.com/DOWNLOAD/Ot...structions.pdf

-> If you have a GPS device which output this format, you are then in luck:
http://www.petermillerphoto.com/nikongps/nikongps2.html
http://my-equipments.blogspot.com/20...ikon-d200.html

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FYI - Found this on Google:
http://www.pc-mobile.net/nikongps-cable.htm
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The Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit geotags photos as they're taken.

If you have a GPS device that creates Track Logs, there are utilities that can match Track Points in a Track Log with photos, and will geotag them. I know your iPhone doesn't create Track Logs, and that most TomTom devices don't, but yours might.

One geotagging utility is Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, and its free.
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I believe the original poster is looking for cheaper devices than the GP-1 GPS Unit unit...

I've been using the Solmeta N2 for over two years, but both Dawntech and Solmeta make less expensive devices and more fully featured than the Nikon's:
http://www.dawntech.hk/di-GPS/products.htm
http://www.solmeta.com/product.asp

For example they retain their GPS location (and also heading) indoor, and does not turn off when the camera shut-down when it goes into power saving mode with their own internal battery (and does not draw from the camera's pictures).
-> This is a very important feature as when the camera turns back on one does not get EXIF postion data when the GPS is acquiring data from a cold-start which could last into several minutes...

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Hi Folks,

Cheers for all the responses.

I was looking for an cheaper alternative to spending near 200 on a Nikon GPS-1, the price is really awful for all that it does.

I shall check out the two alternative products highlighted by NHL.
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As an added note, the Solmeta comes with an external remote release cord included (i.e free) - This should be factored in as well to the cost of the GPS unit

-> http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+...=1194054018315
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