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GPS Enabled Cameras & GPS Enabled Cell phones that work with GPS-Photo Link
GPS-Photo Link is designed to work with any integrated camera/GPS . As long as the device stores the GPS coordinates (Latitude & Longitude) as part of the .jpg (photo), it should work. Because new integrated products become available frequently, we do not have a comprehensive list of every product that is compatible with GPS-Photo Link. To date we have successfully used GPS-Photo Link with the Nikon P6000 GPS enabled camera and the iPhone. Try GPS-Photo Link with your device by downloading the Trial version of the software. Let us know what you find so we can update our list.
Cameras that work with GPS-Photo Link software
Any digital camera that stores date and time in the photos can be used. Most quality cameras have this feature. Cameras such as some Sony Mavica models that do not store the date and time in the photo, but instead set the photo file time to the time the photo was taken can also be used.
Cameras that connect directly to a GPS can also be used. GPS-Photo Link will extract the GPS information from the JPEG file.
Photos (in jpeg and tiff format) must be accessible to the GPS-Photo Link via one of the following:
- Camera connected to PC, viewed as a disk drive using the camera's PC software tools
- Memory card plugged into a Memory card reader memory card reader attached to a PC
- Any other way the photos can be transferred to the PC (including manually transfer)
GPS units work with GPS-Photo Link software
GPS-Photo Link will download track logs from Garmin and Magellan GPS receivers, and waypoints from certain Garmin GPS receivers (see below), and automatically download logged NMEA data from the GPS Datalogger.
GPS-Photo Link can import track logs from Trimble, Leica, OziExplorer, MapSource, G7toWin, TDS and Waypoint+. Using this option, almost any GPS receiver can be used. For instance, to use a Magellan, download the track logs to OziExplorer, then use the "Save Track to File" option. Trimble users can use Pathfinder office to export a text file readable by GPS-Photo Link. See Trimble Set-Up procedures. See Importing Track Logs instructions in manual or online help for more information.
GPS-Photo Link can also import raw NMEA files recorded from almost any GPS. You can use a portable computer to log the NMEA data, then import that data into GPS-Photo Link. The NMEA sentences that GPS-Photo Link users are GGA, RMC, and HDG (Heading). Using the NMEA heading information will allow the automatic computation of direction of the photo.
The GPS receiver must store a timestamp on the track log. Track log memory must be sufficient to store enough tracks for a photo session. Current GARMIN receivers can be set up to store a track log every 10 or 20 seconds, which would allow for 5 to 10 hours of tracking. If using a GARMIN receiver, the software can download the track logs directly from the receiver.
To use waypoints, the Garmin GPS must store the date/time in the comment field of the waypoint. The newer Garmins (60 series, GPS V and Map76) do this, but the eTrex and eMap series do not.
To use altitude from the GPS, the GPS Receiver must store the altitude information in the track log. The newer GARMIN GPS Receivers do store this information, but some older GARMIN's do not store the altitude information in the track log, including GPS 12, GPS 12XL, GPS III, GPS III+.
The GPS Datalogger is a small external hardware device that connects to a GPS's serial port and records the NMEA information from it. Over 150,000 track log points can be recorded in the GPS Datalogger, which is useful for people who need more track logs than their GPS provides