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Nikon GP-N100 GPS Unit for Nikon 1 V1 Digital Camera
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- Supported cameras - Interchangeable lens format cameras with multi accessory ports
- Acquired data - Latitude, longitude, altitude, time information (UTC)
- Update rate - Once per second
- Data format - NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) 0183 version 3.1
- Geodesics - WGS84
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The Nikon GP-N100 GPS Unit attaches to the camera's accessory hot shoe. The GPS uses the USB interface and draws its power from the camera body. The unit provides latitude, longitude, altitude and time information (UTC). It has a 3.0 - 40 sec satellite acquisition time, depending upon whether it's being started hot or cold. The device supports the Assisted GPS (A-GPS or aGPS) feature.
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Test 1: Inside my house, a two story, I was on the first floor and not near a window. I did not time it but both GPS's took a minute or two to determine location on first use. (I have not used the GeoPic in over a year.) After uploading to my computer I used PhotoMechanic to do the map location. The GP-N100 was spot on, the GeoPIc was off by about 12 feet.
Test 2: Outside on a golf course tee box near my home, open to sky. The GP-N100 acquired within 2-3 seconds, the GeoPIc 5-6 seconds. Using PhotoMechanic again for the maps, both GPS's were dead on for the location in one corner of the tee box.
I am taking a trip soon going down the coast of South Carolina, and am looking forward to using both of these GPS's so I can easily identify photo locations in the future. Something else I like about the GP-N100 is it is very compact and light. With that special connector on the Nikon V1 it also does not require a cable connection as is required on the GeoPIc/D3. I highly recommend this GPS, especially at the great price I got from Amazon of $105.
It does not seem to run the battery down very fast on my V1 but of course the V1 does have the big battery.
I have been pretty diligent about updating the satellite file every two weeks so I cannot comment on how it operates when the sat file is out of date.
For me it was worth the money. Now I don't have to fool around with trying to geocode pictures from my GPS tracks.
I would also encourage the seller to include the tracking number of the item. Mine was delivered past the quoted time frame.
I have a tendency to forget to use it because I often leave the flash on the camera, and you can't use both at the same time. This is definitely the down side of the product, which is really more of a problem with the camera. But buyers should be aware of this.
It is very small and light, so it is not a problem traveling with it. The biggest problem is for people who tend to lose things, because it is so small you are at a risk.
(1) the time it takes to lock onto a signal is often unacceptably long.
(2) the unit will fail to lock onto a GPS signal in many indoor areas--so much so that I consider it "for outdoor use only," and find it a surprising stroke of luck when it acquires a lock indoors. The unit hasn't ever locked onto GPS while indoors in less than about 3 minutes.
(3) since the unit uses the hot shoe, it doesn't permit the simultaneous use of a flash. This is an important consideration, and, IMO a major design flaw (though it is nice to have the unit fully powered by the camera's long-lasting battery, obviating any need for the hassle/degenerative lifespan of rechargeable batteries or the cost/environmental impact of disposable batteries.
(4*) The unit is rather large and makes the camera somewhat awkward to store with its protruding head. The unit could've been made smaller (please see NOTE below).
*NOTE: Though I am an engineer, I don't have enough expertise with this type of system to claim this as fact; it's just my (educated) opinion.