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AGL3080: Amod AGL3080 GPS Data Logger (Windows and Mac Image Software included)

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  • The new Amod AGL-3080 Rechargeable includes all the features of the original AGL-3080 plus new rechargeable function. AGL3080 Photo Tracker is a GPS-based data logger designed to provide location information for digital photos. Unlike other similar products, AGL3080 does not need driver to operate.
  • When you plug AGL3080 into a computer via USB port, it will simply appears as an external drive. The recorded log is standard NMEA format which is compatible with many online tools and software such as JetPhoto, GPSVisualizer, etc.
  • SiRF III chipset for best sensitivity and low speed tracking. Standard USB 2.0 interface which doubles as an USB Flash Disk. Works with Windows, Mac, and Linux based computers. Long operating time - 15 hours with 3 x AAA batteries. Maximum 1,380,000 logging point (RMC data).
  • Memory capacity for maximum 3,833 logging hours (RMC data, 10 sec logging frequency). On-The-Spot logging mode switch- You can switch logging mode in just few seconds without PC utility needed in your journey. Windows and Mac photo tagging software included.
  • Antenna: Receiver Frequency: 1575.42 MHz (L1 band) C/A code. Antenna Type: Built-in Patch Antenna. Memory: 128 Mbytes (1 Gbit NAND flash memory). USB 2.0 full speed.
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Product Description

GPS Receiver: Technology: SiRF III. Satellite Measure Used: 20 channels all in view tracking. Operating Temperature: -20 degree to 50 degree C. Operation Time: 15+ hrs with 3 x AAA batteries. Data Port: Mini-USB. Time to First Fix (TTFF): Hot Start: 1 seconds typical. Warm Start: 35 seconds typical. Cold Start: 42 seconds typical. LED: Power On/Off: Amber. GPS Fix: Green. Memory Full: Red. Physical Characteristics: Dimension: 90mm x 45mm x 23mm. Weight: 50g. Buttons: Power Button x 1, Push to Log Button x 1.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.8 x 5.9 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
Item model number AGL3080-Rechargeable
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2.7 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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By R. Simpson on June 24, 2008
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As reported in January by Paul Dulaney, the error in the device that caused it to report inaccurate latitude and longitude has been fixed. I find that the positions it records are very accurate.

In addition, while the device still has 128MB of flash memory, it now has six user-selectable tracking modes. The differences between modes have to do with the amount of information recorded (types of NMEA 0183 records), the frequency of position recordings, or both.

The original device recorded a position every second, and would completely fill the memory in 72 hours. Now you can choose between recording every second, every 5 seconds, or every 10 seconds. You can choose to record 5 different types of records, or just "RMC" records; these contain date, time, latitude, and longitude, which is enough for attaching locations to photos. RMC records also contain speed and direction of travel, but not altitude. Altitude is in "GGA" records, which also contain latitude, longitude, and time, but not date. (Who designed this stuff, anyway?)

Recording only RMC records every second, the device can now hold a track that lasts 288 hours. As you might expect, recording every 5 seconds yields 1440 hours, and every 10 seconds yields 2880 hours. Recording more record types takes more space, but recording everything record type it knows about every 10 seconds can be done for 720 hours.

The device remembers the last mode you set, and uses it the next time it powers up. You can just set it and forget it.

I found the recorded altitudes to be very inaccurate -- it claims a difference of 30 meters altitude between the front and back of my yard, while a difference of 1.5 meters is more like it. I understand that GPS devices generally don't do well with altitudes.
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I just purchased this device, and was a little worried based on all of the problems other users have reported (but AMOD and Semsons have both said are fixed in the currently shipping devices). It takes a little while to get a cold-start GPS fix (about 45 seconds) and it takes a very long time if you're moving while it's trying to get a fix (just like any GPS device will), so it's best to turn it on about 10-15 minutes before you're heading outside and put it on a window sill or outside so it can figure out where it is and sync up. I carried my Garmin Vista HCx along to check for accuracy. I drove around for a few miles, and headed home. I plugged the AGL3080 into my Mac, and it showed up as an external drive with a file named "GPS_20080301_200336.log". Taking a peek at the file, it's standard NMEA log format. I ran gpsbabel on it using the following command " 1041 gpsbabel -i nmea -f ~/Desktop/GPS_20080301_200336.log -x discard,hdop=10,vdop=10,hdopandvdop,sat=4 -o gpx -F ~/Desktop/out.gpx". This gets rid of any inaccurate logs (no GPS receiver does well with less than 4 satellites in view), just to clean up the log. I have to do this with the GPS files from the Garmin as well, for what it's worth. I used GPSPhotoLinker (mac) to open the log and the three dozen pictures I took with my camera phone (I didn't bother to take my real camera for this test). After looking at the results using Preview (if you click "Info" you can see the picture on Google Maps), and noticed everything was off. After going through the pictures, I realized they were all a few seconds behind. Sure enough, I compared the GPS clock from my Garmin with the clock on my phone, and AT&T was sending me time that's about 40 seconds off. GPSPhotoLinker lets you adjust the offset, so I fixed it there, and re-ran the batch.Read more ›
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With Apple releasing iPhoto '09 with support for geotagged photography I immediately wanted to utilize this new feature set. I do a lot outdoors: Geocaching, Boy Scouts, hiking, bicycling, so I saw a great way to track my "expeditions" through my photography.

I found this GPS Data Logger and it advertises heavily that it is MAC OSX compliant. I looked at the reviews for this device on Amazon and various other websites. Most of the negative comments didn't alarm me as they were for the most part due to a misunderstanding of what the device does or they didn't like a feature set.

What I have learned is this:
1. GPS Photo Tracker software - This software comes in the box from AMOD and embeds the GPS locations into the digital photograph JPEGs. This is written only for Microsoft Windows and does exist for Macintosh OSX. In fact if you have Vista 64 don't bother installing the software that comes with the device; it will crash. This is a known bug and AMOD has a fixed version on their website.

2. The GPS device looks like a thumb drive to any computer and the GPS tracks are stored in ASCII. This allows any computer to look at the data, there are no proprietary formats or synchronization drivers. This is what they call "Driverless" and is a in my opinion a very good decision.

3. Upgrades to the firmware must be run from Windows computers. If you don't happen to own a Windows computer, you're out of luck. This is not a very good decision when calling your product MAC compatible.

You might be asking; "So, if the photo-linking software supplied by AMOD does not exist for MAC computers and firmware upgrades only exist for Windows computers, how can they say it is compatible with MAC"?
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