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Sony GPS-CS3KA GPS Digital Imaging Accessory (White)

by Sony

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  • Identifies the location of both photos and videos
  • Precisely records location, date, and time of photo
  • Built-in dual card slots for MS/SD memory cards
  • Long life battery for a one-day trip, up to 15 hours
  • Powerful Picture Motion Browser software (v.3.0)


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 2.1 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B001PO5VV8
  • Item model number: GPS-CS3KA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2009

Product Description

GPS IMAGE TRACKER UNIT W/ PERPPICTURE MOTION BROWSER & Software

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Customer Reviews

Now pay attention when getting the correct time it is simple to do.
Moe
To sum it up: The GPS functionality works great, battery life is great, the software is great, the position of the SD card slot is stupid.
A. Tegtmeier
This may not be fair to the product, because the reception seems about as good as a comparably priced (i.e., cheap) GPS unit.
James R. Allison

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101 of 101 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Bishop on August 14, 2009
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This makes geo-tagging easier.

I had a different GPS logger before which was Windows-only. It worked well but the software was a bit kludgy. It did things I didn't care about. All I want is the GPS coordinates in the photo's file. It was trying to be a photo-organizer. When I moved to a Mac I saw the Sony GPS logger and the fact that it doesn't require an OS and does everything on the fly and thought, "This is what I want - it's just shy of actually having the camera do it but it's getting pretty close."

This GPS logger includes Windows software for organizing your photos and importing them and showing them on a map, etc. I haven't tried it.

Anyway, the basic deal is this: You synchronize your camera to the clock in the display of this device (which is better than my old one which didn't have a display - you had to synchronize it at the computer or using a separate GPS or some other synchronized timepiece). You go out and take pictures and carry this logger with you. At the end of the day you slide your memory stick or SD card into this device and it will add the coordinates to each of the pictures. Nothing more you need to do. If you take those photos and load them onto Flickr then they'll show up on the map there.

Two annoying things:
- You have to open/close the back cover when you insert your flash memory. The back-cover is more like a traditional batter cover but there is a little switch there that looks to see when the cover is open or not and the unit will not function if the cover is open. I suspect that this is to stop someone from pulling the flash memory when it's updating but it seems like a needless extra step.
- It will only update photos in batches of 60.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A. Tegtmeier VINE VOICE on September 14, 2009
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The good:
- Accuracy of position finding is very good
- The bundled software is excellent
- Battery life is very useful, 15 hours are easily reachable
- Set-up and operation is very simple
- Relatively short time to find satellites (usually around one minute after start up)
- Small size
- Display for set-up and operation data
- Theoretical possibility to geo tag your photos without a computer

The bad:
- Documentation is spartan - you need to go on the internet to find additional information
- Set-up of GMT is not intuitive - you have to figure out the Daylight Savings Time settings first, which is not mentioned in the documentation
- You have to absolutely set your camera time exactly in sync to the GPS time; the unit records a measurement every 15 seconds, so if you are off a few seconds and move your position quickly, like in a car or so, the tag will be a couple of hundred yards off; believe me, that happens more often than you think, and the only way to remedy this is to undertake a manual correction in the bundled PMB software - which, thankfully, is very easy to do ...

The ugly:
- You have to remove the cover to access the SD card slot ... what a boneheaded design decision ...

I use this unit extensively to geo tag my photos now - bought it originally to have this functionality available for my blog ([...])

It took me a couple of (frustrating) days to figure out, why my photos were not tagged correctly at first: the device uses GMT as basic time and to set your local time, you have to figure in the effect of Daylight Savings Time ...
But after that hurdle was taken, the tagging worked great.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson Harkins on July 22, 2009
This is a simple GPS data logger that does not need a computer. Thus no Windows vs Mac stuff. Set the time and time zone, strap it to your camera strap, and go. When you're ready, take the SD card (or silly Sony memory stick) from the camera, put it in the CS3KA, select "Match" and you're good. Geotag info is written to your photos. Then import them into iPhoto, or Google Earth, or whatever. No software needed, no computer needed. Just like much acclaimed Photofinder, but the GPS lock takes only seconds. The LCD screen is even readable in bright sunlight without back-lighting. My only complaint -- it should come in black to match most cameras.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan Twardowski on March 11, 2010
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This little GPS has solved a problem I've been working on for months: how to easily and quickly add geotag data to digital photos taken with my Nikon D60. There are lots of recommended solutions online, such as:
- take one photo at each spot using your GPS-enabled iPhone, then upload from iPhone and camera and use iPhoto (yes, I'm a Mac) to copy the location data to other pics taken at the same spot (tedious, approximate, needs a PC)
- carry a small GPS while taking photos, download the GPS track file to your PC, convert it to a compatible format, and merge it with the photo files (extremely tedious, needs a PC and special software)
- buy a Nikon GP-1 and attach it to the flash shoe on the camera (bulky appendage on the camera, chews up battery life, doesn't work with D60)
I've tried the first two methods and they work but they're tedious, require a PC, or have other problems. You can also buy one of the few cameras with internal GPS, but that's expensive and doesn't help me with my D60.

This little Sony GPS-CS3KA sweeps away nearly all those drawbacks. I've only used it for a couple of days and have found it does exactly what it claims, quickly and easily. I shoot hi-res JPG, thus avoiding the non-Sony RAW problem mentioned elsewhere. (Somewhat understandable on Sony's part, since the various brands' RAW formats are so different.) Here's how it works:
- You turn on the Sony GPS (insert one AA, press On button) and let it "triangulate", in the arcane terminology of the instruction booklet, meaning acquire the satellite signals.
- Select the time zone you're in and set Daylight Savings if needed.
- Sync your camera to the GPS' time.
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