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GPS Module Add-on for D-SLR Bodies?

James Sawle , Aug 04, 2007; 10:32 a.m.

Does anyone know of any good GPS Add-ons for EOS 30D, 5D and 1D Mark III. I need to get one for each camera so that it will add Long and Lat to each Photo taken within the Metadata.


William Fong , Aug 04, 2007; 11:29 a.m.

This would be a great idea. I have to do this manually now with a handheld GPS. Some automation would be nice! You say "any good GPS add-ons", are there any at all out now?

James Sawle , Aug 04, 2007; 11:38 a.m.

I know that Canon do one, but I have not been able to track the item down, but the local Police Photographer told me about the unit, and others have also mentioned that there are units available, just need to find them.

Steve Dunn , Aug 04, 2007; 01:32 p.m.

AFAIK, the 30D and 5D can't interface with a GPS unit, end of story. I believe there's some capability to do with with the 1D III; there was something about it in the literature Canon released, but as I don't ever expect to own this camera, I didn't pay that much attention to it.

There are some photography-oriented GPS devices which can do something along these lines after the fact. You synchronize the clocks of your camera and GPS device, then take the GPS device everywhere the camera goes. The GPS device records where you were at all times. After downloading the pictures, you run the software that came with the GPS device; the software grabs the date/time from each picture, finds out where the GPS device was at that date/time, and tags the picture. This Wikipedia page has a bit more info, including a list of some products which do this.

Sheila Rose , Aug 04, 2007; 03:36 p.m.

I could be wrong, so don't yell at me. ;) But the Jobo photoGPS seems to be a good option. I first read about it on Gizmodo. I have seen comments by a few that have it, like it. It is on my "to buy" list, after my next lens. ;)

Colin Southern , Aug 04, 2007; 05:39 p.m.

Off memory, I thing the 1D3 ties in this capability with the "WiFi unit"

Zack Jones , Aug 04, 2007; 07:02 p.m.


I don't know of anything that does it as the image is taken but there are several programs that can take the images and a track log recorded from your GPS and add the Lat/Long to the image files where it finds a match.

ImageIngester is one such program and is written by a fellow PN member named Marc. Search the forums for "geotagging" to read a previous discussion about it.

Robin Sibson , Aug 05, 2007; 04:31 a.m.

Steve, thanks for the reference here. As the user of a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx (yes, folks, not all my toys are photographic), I might look further into this. It could be particularly valuable for the sort of field botanical recording work where the camera replaces the vasculum (that's the oval cylindrical tin box traditionally used by field botanists for collecting specimens, just in case anyone had alternative ideas; haven't seen one in years, it's just polythene bags now). Of course I would need software that could inject the GPS data into a RAW file (rather than just a JPEG) from the standard track log collected by the GPS unit, and would then need to be able to read it once it was there, but presumably that's all been thought about.

Ralph Jensen , Aug 05, 2007; 05:05 p.m.

The indented bullets in the Wikipedia link above list all of the programs I've heard of (I've bought RoboGeo but haven't tried it yet).

Canon users should also look at Chris Breeze's Downloader Pro image ingester, which can do all sorts of nice things (geo-tagging, resizing images to a specified dpi, date/time tagging, etc.) while images are being transferred from card to computer. Nathan Myrhvold gives DPro his highest recommendation....


Sam Thompson , Aug 06, 2007; 01:18 a.m.

You can get one of these


You sync the times with your camera and the gps and it tags your images automatically during the software upload.

I haven't used it myself.

This guy uses it on his high end 1Ds so it can't be that bad.


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