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Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 for XF205, XF200, XA25, XA20 Professional Camcorder

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  • Records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation, direction, and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC)) as EXIF information to images when shooting.
  • Can act as a stand-alone GPS logger
  • On-board electronic compass
  • Camera time can be synched by the built-in atomic clock
  • Energy saving design provides hours of continuous use with only one AA size alkaline battery
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Product Description

For simple and accurate recording of time and location information, Canon's compact GPS Receiver GP-E2 is the perfect complement to the EOS System. The GP-E2 records location information such as longitude, latitude, elevation, direction and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) as EXIF data, while also serving as an electronic compass on camera or off. Versatile connectivity options include USB and hot shoe connections with the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X (USB connection only with the EOS 7D); smart design and rugged construction ensures reliability plus the ability to be used as a standalone GPS recorder. The newest GPS system designed specifically for the EOS system, the GP-E2 is an ideal tool for photographers on the move. Manufacturer: Canon, Inc. Manufacturer Part Number: 6363B001. Brand Name: Canon. Product Model: GP-E2. Product Name: GP-E2 Add-on GPS Receiver. Product Type: Add-on GPS Receiver. [Technical Information] Connectivity Technology: Cable. Built-in Devices: Compass. [Interfaces/Ports] USB: Yes. [Battery Information] Number of Batteries Supported: 1. Battery Size Supported: AA. Maximum Battery Run Time: 92 Hour. [Physical Characteristics] Color: Black. Durability: Weather Resistant. Form Factor: Portable. Height: 2.9". Width: 2.1". Depth: 1.7". Weight (Approximate): 2.86 oz.

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GPS Receiver GP-E2

GPS Receiver GP-E2

For simple and accurate recording of time and location information, Canon's compact GPS Receiver GP-E2 is the perfect complement to the EOS System. The GP-E2 records location information such as longitude, latitude, elevation, direction and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) as EXIF data, while also serving as an electronic compass on camera or off. Versatile connectivity options include USB and hot shoe connections with the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X (USB connection only with the EOS 7D); smart design and rugged construction ensures reliability plus the ability to be used as a stand-alone GPS recorder. The newest GPS system designed specifically for the EOS system, the GP-E2 is an ideal tool for photographers on the move.

Compatibility: EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III*, EOS 7D*†

* The EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 7D require a firmware upgrade to be compatible with the GPS Receiver GP-E2, which will be available soon.
† When the EOS 7D is used with the GP-E2 the following restrictions will apply: a) geotagging function will not work for movies while recording; b) geotagging features will not work for movies when using the Map Utility; c) electronic compass information and automatic time setting is not available; d) transmission via the hot shoe is not possible.

Rugged and lightweight design

To be able to endure a photographer's travels, Canon designed the GP-E2 to share the same rugged and durable exterior construction as the EOS 5D Mark III DSLR body while still remaining compact and lightweight. Able to withstand harsh weather conditions, the GPS Receiver GP-E2* is a great enhancement to the EOS 5D Mark III for those who wish to take their EOS system out into even the most remote environments.

*The GP-E2 offers the same level of dust- and weather- resistance as the EOS 5D Mark III when connected to the camera's hot shoe. Dust- and weather-resistance decreases when it is connected to the camera via the USB cable.

Records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation, direction, and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information to images when shooting

When in use, the GPS Receiver GP-E2* will automatically record the geographical information (latitude, longitude, altitude, and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC)) of videos and photos. Detecting altitude is even possible from inside an airplane or helicopter.

*In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

Can act as a stand-alone GPS logger

Additionally, the GP-E2 can be used as a stand-alone GPS logger*. It can be carried in its included case or users can wear it comfortably on their waist. The location information is automatically stored on the GP-E2 at specific intervals and logged information can be added to the EXIF information at a later time using the supplied Map Utility.

*When used as a stand-alone GPS logger, direction information from the digital compass is not recorded.

On-board electronic compass

There's also a built-in electronic compass that can accurately detect the cardinal direction in which the photographer is facing—even if the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X are held vertically, the GP-E2 can still record the proper positioning from when it is in a normal position.

Camera time can be synched by the built-in atomic clock

Accurately adjusting the cameras internal clock with the GPS Receiver GP-E2 is easy because it can use the UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) with a margin of error of about ±0.01 second on the EOS 5D Mark III. The margin of error when used with the EOS-1D X is ±0.02 second. Event photographers will find the transmitter's GPS Time Sync Function quite helpful because it can set and synchronize the internal clocks in multiple cameras.

Uses a conveniently replaceable AA battery as its power source so no energy is drawn from the camera's battery

The GPS Receiver GP-E2's uses readily available AA batteries, so users can easily power up the receiver without worrying about recharging; AA batteries are also widely available because they can be found almost anywhere around the world. And because the GP-E2 has its own power source, photographers can still get hours of continuous use with the camera because the GP-E2 will not drain the camera's battery.

Hot shoe or USB terminal connectivity

The GPS Receiver GP-E2 can be attached to the camera body via the hot shoe on the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X, or USB terminal with the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS-1D X and EOS 7D.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.7 x 2.1 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 2.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B007FH1KAU
Item model number 6363B001
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4.3 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
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Date first available at Amazon.com March 1, 2012

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By Wilbur C. Andrews on August 17, 2012
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This unit has two very good features, but several bad ones.

The Good:
When connected to a Canon 5D III or 1DX, it will put the GPS info in the camera file directly without any other software needed.

The unit can be set up to keep the camera clock accurate. It is important that the GPS and camera have the same time if the GPS data for the image is to be accurate.

The Bad:
1. The accuracy isn't as good as hand held GPS units like the Garmin GPSmap 76CSx.

2. The unit can create a track log, but the only way to see it is to use the included software. That software can show the track or the location of the images, but not at the same time. You must switch back and forth between the two. For me, that is unacceptable.

3. The unit can't be seen by a computer, and the software doesn't allow for any export of the track log, except in a Goggle Earth format.

4. When track log files are uploaded to the software, they are stored in a place of Canon's choosing, and it is a pain to find them. The files are stored as NMEA 0183 sentence and it should be possible to convert them to GPX, etc. with an application like GPSBable.

The problem here is that the NMEA 0183 files are defective and can't be converted with normal conversion software because the files have a token saying that the file is corrupt.

I use the Map Module in Lighroom 4.1 which requires that the track log files be in GPX format. That means I can't use this unit and display a track. Because of these problems, I am returning the unit as I write this.

Wil

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Time went, and the bird flew, and a miracle has happened for the GP-E2 and Lightroom, or any other application that needs proper track log files.
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I have been waiting for a GPS tag to my photo with my camera while shooting photos. I had been using iPhone to save gpx and sync photo to GPS location (extra steps). The wait is over when 5D Mark III and GP-E2 is released.

I have used the unit for a week. This GPS is larger than I expected. It is very fast to get 3D location when turn on (within a min). I have been using it outdoor (with no tall buildings around me). It accurately tags photo with location and shooting direction. It requires a AA battery so it won't draw camera battery. ON the 5D Mark III, it can display 3D GPS location and compass info (neat feature).

There are short comings with the unit. It can save GPS log, but the USB cable it comes with is Mini-B (What computer has Mini-B input). Cannon should made the Type A USB cable. As a result the GPS log function is useless to me. Otherwise, I would give this a 5 stars.

Overall, I recommend this unit if you want to GPS tag photo (a great feature to catalog photos). I am ready to put this to more test for my summer trips.

Update: After my trip to 5 national parks use. Almost all of my photos are accurately tag. A few are off when I am at Oregon Caves (not a big deal). At least photos are tagged near the cave. When signal is lost (in a cave), photos still get coordinates from last known position).
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I got this as a gift from a friend after he found out I got the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body). So here it is. The GPS can hook up to compatible cameras (with the GPS menu in the Menu) and will transmit the data through the flash hotshoe with the exception of the Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) which only works through the USB port (cable included). The GPS will also tag your photos with a compass direction (exception of the 7D) which is nice when viewing on the included Map Utility later. Also, the GPS when in LOG mode will record the route it is on right in the internal flash memory (you can't use your own). In your camera settings, you can have the option to pick how often the GPS needs to update (1 second, 5 seconds, etc..) which is less it updates, the longer it will last.

Ok so now, let's talk about the draw backs. Since it is on your hotshoe, you can't use a flash unless you connect it via the USB cable. Not fully compatible with the 7D. The map data can only be downloaded with the included Map Utility. The Map Utility software can only export as Google Earth KMZ files. The downloaded files are LOG files which are Canon NMEA format. All they did is mark all the locations invalid with the exception of the 1st and last location. This is easily fixed by using GPSBable and converting it and having it accept the "invalid locations".
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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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