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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out accessory ..., June 29, 2012
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Cameras should have had GPS receivers in them a while ago. It is good to see this add on for newer Canon cameras. I've been very impressed with its performance. It locates satellites very quickly. It embeds the correct information with the image.

In addition to GPS it also tracks compass heading. So you get a record of where you were standing AND which direction the camera was pointing when you capture an image.

The only negative is the price - a touch on the high side.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2012 9:19:13 AM PDT
There are cameras, Point-and-shoot, with builtin GPSr, but check their reviews - battery life is abysmal. Better to have a separate dedicated unit. Also like that it uses off the shelf battery (AA cell)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:32:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 8:33:03 PM PST
S.Baker says:
Firstly, it's ridiculous that any camera released in 2012 doesn't come with built in GPS. (Canon T4i)

Secondly, A $199 iPhone 5 has a <$10 GPS chip with extremely accurate geotagging on a device with a 4"LCD where the battery lasts for 10 hours or more. So yeah, $250 for this product is obscene.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:50:15 PM PST
I agree. I love my T4i, but wish it came with a built in GPS for $900!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 8:54:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2013 8:55:05 AM PDT
Roy N. says:
Hey S.Baker, $199 is the subsidized price of an iPhone with a two year contract. The true price of an iPhone (without contract) is much, much more. I suppose Canon could give these away if using this required making a monthly payment to Canon for two years. Would that make you happy?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 9:14:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2013 9:16:48 AM PDT
S.Baker says:
you're funny... Most entry level point and shoots (even Canon) costing $99 and up nowadays include GPS chips and geotagging.... So yeah, $250 for this product is obscene, the part costs less than <$10 and should be included in any modern day DSLR, just Like Nikon and the rest do...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 9:20:45 AM PDT
I agree, as I said in my original comment: there is no reason for GPS not to be standard in most if not all cameras. Certainly in an SLR it should not be a problem. There is more than enough battery available that nobody would notice any impact from running the GPS chipset.

I am sure this will happen over time. All it will take is for one of the major manufacturers to include it and they all will.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 9:23:49 AM PDT
S.Baker says:
Canon is the ONLY major manufacturer who hasn't included GPS in it's DSLR's.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 10:09:02 AM PDT
I haven't paid much attention to the other vendors to date with respect to GPS - too much invested in Canon glass. Given they've included it, that is good news as it means Canon will do it over time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2014 5:26:39 AM PST
S. Baker: "Canon is the ONLY major manufacturer who hasn't included GPS in it's DSLR's."

No. None of the Nikon or Canon APS-C or FX has had built-in GPS though they all have the capability of using an optional external GPS unit. Neither the Nikon D600 or D800 full-frame, nor the top of the APS-C, Nikon 7100.

BUT, Canon have now introduced their cheapest FX unit, the 6D that has built-in GPS!

This is consistent with one theory about why the high-end DSLRs have never had it built in. It is that the traditional market for these cameras consider it a bit of a gimmick--ESPECIALLY because it is on point-and-shoot not to mention phone-cameras. Neither manufacturer wanted to risk "tainting" their new top models with something that reminds potential buyers of much cheaper consumer models.

I'm not sure I ever bought into this reasoning but many camera-shop sales people put the argument strongly (and the "none of these kind of buyers want it"). Especially when the Canon 5DMk2 more or less swept the world of journalism (partly because of its video capabilities). I just couldn't imagine why a (photo) journalist would not welcome having it built in so that all photos taken under whatever conditions and whenever and where-ever, would be auto-tagged with such crucial info.
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