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Sony GPS-CS1 GPS Device for CyberShot Digital Cameras

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  • Keep track of where and when your digital photos were taken with satellite precision
  • No need for complex set-up or connection; just turn on the GPS unit and check its positioning status
  • Holds approximately 360 hours (31MB) of data, equivalent to one month of tracking recorded at 15 second intervals
  • Up to 10 hours of use with alkaline batteries or 14 hours with Ni-MH batteries
  • Compatible with Cybershot DSC-S500, S600, S45, W30, W50, W70, W100, H2, H5, T30 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A100


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HDIYEO
  • Item model number: GPS-CS1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 21, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Keep track of your photo locations and dates easily with satellite precision. The GPS-CS1 calculates and records position data. When used with the supplied GPS Image Tracker software, the GPS-CS1 allows you to match the time and location data in the device with your photos. And by using the Picture Motion Browser software, supplied with certain Sony cameras, your photos will be shown on an online map, giving you a whole new way to organize, manage and enjoy your pictures. The GPS-CS1 is compatible with Cyber-shot DSC-S500, S600, S45, W30, W50, W70, W100, H2, H5, T30 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A100.

Using time and location recordings from Sony's GPS-CS1 GPS device and the time stamp from a Sony digital still camera or camcorder, photo buffs can plot their digital images to a map and pinpoint exactly where they've been. The 12-channel GPS unit is 3.5 inches long, weighs two ounces, and is sold with a carabineer to easily attach to a backpack or a belt loop.

To arrange your pictures geographically, import the logged data from the GPS device, using the supplied USB cable, and then download the digital images to a computer. The supplied GPS Image Tracker software synchronizes the images on your digital camera with the latitude, longitude and time readings from the GPS-CS1 device.

Once synchronized, your photos can become virtual push pins on an online map by activating the Picture Motion Browser software bundled with the latest Sony cameras and camcorders. You can easily add new photos and coordinates to the mapping web site, courtesy of Google Maps, and showcase years of globe-trotting.

Simple operation
No need for complex set-up or connection. Turn on the GPS unit and check its positioning status, match the data and enjoy the new photographic enjoyment.

Handy
Compact and lightweight, weighing only about two ounces (not including batteries).

Store data up to one month
Holds approximately 360 hours (31MB) of data, equivalent to one month of tracking recorded at 15 second intervals. Number of log entries may differ depending on satellite coverage and signal strength.

Low power consumption
Efficient design allows up to 10 hours of use with alkaline batteries, or 14 hours with Ni-MH batteries.

Records location every 15 seconds
The GPS Unit records a location log every 15 seconds. When a photo is taken between two log points, the supplied GPS Image Tracker software estimates the locations by extrapolating from logs recorded before and after (before or later) photos are taken. the software creates an estimated location between the two recorded locations. Also If the user takes a photo when there is no satellite signal available, such as when going underground or indoors, the software makes its estimation in the same way. based on the two nearest location logs.

Compatible models
Sony DSC-H2, DSC-H5, DSC-S500, DSC-S600, DSC-W100, DSC-W30, DSC-W50, DSC-W70, DSLR-A100.

What's in the box:
GPS Unit, carabiner, USB cable, CD-ROM (GPS Image Tracker), cleaning cartridge.

Product Description

Keep track of your photo locations and dates easily with satellite precision. The GPS-CS1 calculates and records position data. When used with the supplied GPS Image Tracker software, the GPS-CS1 allows you to match the time and location data in the device with your photos. By using the Picture Motion Browser software, supplied with certain Sony cameras, your photos will be shown on an online map, giving you a whole new way to organize, manage and enjoy your pictures. The GPS Unit records a location log every 15 seconds. When a photo is taken between two log points, the supplied GPS Image Tracker software estimates the locations by extrapolating from logs recorded before and after photos are taken. The software creates an estimated location between the two recorded locations. Also, if the user takes a photo when there is no satellite signal available, such as when going underground or indoors, the software makes its estimation in the same way. Compact and lightweight, weighing only about 55g not including batteries Frequency Response - 1575.42 MHz (L1 Band, C/A code) 31MB User Memory Capacity Supported Formats - Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Millennium Edition, XP Home Edition, XP Professional

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I took the unit to Mexico on vacation, and it worked very well.
Gary Gray
It tracked great on the dashboard of the rental car; so-so in the center console; very well in the outside pocket of my soft-sided tote bag.
Cheryl M. Hammond
If you're going inside, you may want to shut it off, and turn it back on when you leave.
Paul Bobbitt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl M. Hammond on November 2, 2006
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Hopefully it's fairly clear to all from the product description: this is a niche gadget, not a full-featured GPS. It doesn't have a display (nor audio) and you can't access its data in real time. Instead, you upload the logs later and can use the included Sony software to match the log data to your digital photos. The compact size and low price of the GPS-CS1 make it a great deal for those of us who only want a photo tagger, don't need a full-size GPS unit, and don't want to buy a GPS camera.

The GPS-CS1 unit is about the size and weight of my clamshell cell phone.

It takes a good several minutes to acquire GPS signal, which was sometimes frustrating. It doesn't track very well indoors, and I found that I had to take it outside to turn it on or it wouldn't track at all (even if I took it outside later). It tracked great on the dashboard of the rental car; so-so in the center console; very well in the outside pocket of my soft-sided tote bag. I read that if it loses signal, it'll try to estimate location based on before and after readings, which may be why it worked just fine when we went in and out of buildings throughout our day.

The unit is kind of a "set it and forget it" thing, so the little indicator lights for signal and battery life are easy to overlook and it's easy to forget you've left it on. We were fortunate to notice the low battery warning. Battery life was good; we got about five solid days of use out of it (several hours at a time each day) before needing a replacement. It takes one standard AA, which is handy for the road.

It isn't waterproof, but it tracks just fine inside a Ziploc bag. (No, I didn't immerse it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bo Lorentzen on October 29, 2006
This is one cool thingie.. at first I was worried how this would work with my Non-Sony camera, but it turns out that the software work for any camera and is so easy its a dream.

Before starting to photograph, turn on your GPS, it should have sight of the sky, leave it on all day. then when you come home import all your picture and start the sony GSP software (connect the GPS with a USB cable) it will import the GSP track file, once imported click on the option to add pictures, go to the folde with the days pictures and select all. then simply press save. its that easy and works. there is nothing more to it.

Without a doubt my favorite piece of extra gear, its permanently clipped to the handle of my camera backpack. Generally I get about 40 hours of operation from a Lithium battery or 8-12 hours from a regular alkaline.

Buy this if you want to record the geographic position where you have captured a image.

Buy this If you want to be able to display all the images from your vacation on GoogleEarth.

Do not buy if the actual place you photographed does not matter to you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2007
The Sony GPS-CS1 is a special-purpose GPS device that records a track log with position and time so you can geotag photos. There's no screen or output of any kind except for a few status lights, so you can't use the GPS-CS1 to tell where you are. I bought mine from Amazon for $93. (I got the GPSCS1KA package; there's also a similar package that costs $10 more and might have extra software for Sony cameras.)

You use the GPS-CS1 just like you use any GPS device to geotag photos: You turn the device on and leave it on while you shoot. Then you feed the GPS track log (which the GPS-CS1 and most other devices make available as a text file) and the photos into a tagging program which takes the time of each photo, finds that time in the track log, interpolates to calculate the position (lattitude, logitude, and elevation), and stores it as metadata in the photo itself. Once a photo is tagged, lots of applications and web sites can do various things with it, such as showing it on a map.

Most people are probably familiar with GPS devices these days as car navigation systems, but that kind of navigation isn't really a GPS technology. The GPS part of the device just determines its position. Another computer in the device shows it on a stored map and tells you when and where to turn based on a calculated route. Fancy navigation features are great to have, but they have nothing at all to do with geotagging photos. For that you just need the track log.

So, in theory, the Sony GPS-CS1 can do the job. In reality, it can't. Neither can another inexpensive GPS device I tried, a Magellan eXplorist 210 ($142).

Yesterday I drove about 15 miles on roads with no tree cover, no tall buildings, and no nearby mountains.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chandrashekar R. Gaajula on January 11, 2007
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I bought the Sony GPS-CS1 GPS Device a couple months ago and was able to use the product right away without any hassles.

Pros:

~It is simple to use.

~Suitably priced.

~Easy to carry.

~Well designed body for its purpose

~The software provided does a descent job in tagging the photographs.

Cons:

~It is not the most accurate GPS device (but then that is not truly a requirement for photographs).

~The start time in acquiring the signal (especially if it is cold) can take a few minutes, which is annoying at times. Workaround is to turn the device ON for a few minutes (warm up) before taking it out in the clear sky.

Overall, I am pretty happy I bought it and will continue to use it extensively.
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