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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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.
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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. This is a shame, because a true "geotag" should have three coordinates, to fix a point in 3-space.
I particularly like that fact that the device attaches to a computer as a plain vanilla flash memory drive, a "removable disk". This means that there is no dependency on device drivers or other proprietary software: you just copy the log files from the device to the computer, and do what you want with them. Based on the horror stories in reviews of other GPS loggers' software and drivers, this is a very good thing.
I have not tried the software that comes on the CD. AMOD provides two programs, but one of them is Windows only and thus unusable on my Macintosh. (I haven't needed to run Windows programs yet on my Mac, and I see no need to start now just for this GPS logger.) I wrote a rather simple Python script that matches the times on photos with entries in the GPS log files and updates the photos' GPS data using a free program called ExifTool.
To sum up, the AGL3080 does just what I wanted. It has a very simple user interface: about all you have to do is turn it on and make sure it has fresh batteries. It's easy to read and process the GPS logs that it records. I recommend the device.
The default resolution being 1 second is great for traveling in a car, just make sure to adjust your camera time before using it. If I were traveling by foot and/or on a long trip with no computer to download the log files to, I would use 5 or 10 second fixes. This unit lets you easily switch between them. It's not intuitive on how to do so, but it's very simple to do.
Overall, I think this is the best solution for adding gps tags to photos. It can't fail by falling off the hotshoe, it can be used with any camera or multiple cameras, and it can be used for other applications. Basic usage is very simple and mostly intuitive. Battery life is good enough. Settings are versatile but not intuitive to change. Device is clean looking with only two buttons and 3 leds. It works perfectly. Software is great, but doesn't automatically see the gps log files. In Summary, I would change little in this device if I were the manufacturer. I would buy it again over all other products if I were in my same shoes again.
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