Sony GPS-CS3KA GPS Digital Imaging Accessory (White)
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- Identifies the location of both photos and videos
- Precisely records location, date, and time of photo
- Built-in dual card slots for MS/SD memory cards
- Long life battery for a one-day trip, up to 15 hours
- Powerful Picture Motion Browser software (v.3.0)
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|Item Dimensions||2.08 x 5.51 x 8.66 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.65 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I had a different GPS logger before which was Windows-only. It worked well but the software was a bit kludgy. It did things I didn't care about. All I want is the GPS coordinates in the photo's file. It was trying to be a photo-organizer. When I moved to a Mac I saw the Sony GPS logger and the fact that it doesn't require an OS and does everything on the fly and thought, "This is what I want - it's just shy of actually having the camera do it but it's getting pretty close."
This GPS logger includes Windows software for organizing your photos and importing them and showing them on a map, etc. I haven't tried it.
Anyway, the basic deal is this: You synchronize your camera to the clock in the display of this device (which is better than my old one which didn't have a display - you had to synchronize it at the computer or using a separate GPS or some other synchronized timepiece). You go out and take pictures and carry this logger with you. At the end of the day you slide your memory stick or SD card into this device and it will add the coordinates to each of the pictures. Nothing more you need to do. If you take those photos and load them onto Flickr then they'll show up on the map there.
Two annoying things:
- You have to open/close the back cover when you insert your flash memory. The back-cover is more like a traditional batter cover but there is a little switch there that looks to see when the cover is open or not and the unit will not function if the cover is open. I suspect that this is to stop someone from pulling the flash memory when it's updating but it seems like a needless extra step.
- It will only update photos in batches of 60.Read more ›
- Accuracy of position finding is very good
- The bundled software is excellent
- Battery life is very useful, 15 hours are easily reachable
- Set-up and operation is very simple
- Relatively short time to find satellites (usually around one minute after start up)
- Small size
- Display for set-up and operation data
- Theoretical possibility to geo tag your photos without a computer
- Documentation is spartan - you need to go on the internet to find additional information
- Set-up of GMT is not intuitive - you have to figure out the Daylight Savings Time settings first, which is not mentioned in the documentation
- You have to absolutely set your camera time exactly in sync to the GPS time; the unit records a measurement every 15 seconds, so if you are off a few seconds and move your position quickly, like in a car or so, the tag will be a couple of hundred yards off; believe me, that happens more often than you think, and the only way to remedy this is to undertake a manual correction in the bundled PMB software - which, thankfully, is very easy to do ...
- You have to remove the cover to access the SD card slot ... what a boneheaded design decision ...
I use this unit extensively to geo tag my photos now - bought it originally to have this functionality available for my blog ([...])
It took me a couple of (frustrating) days to figure out, why my photos were not tagged correctly at first: the device uses GMT as basic time and to set your local time, you have to figure in the effect of Daylight Savings Time ...
But after that hurdle was taken, the tagging worked great.Read more ›
- take one photo at each spot using your GPS-enabled iPhone, then upload from iPhone and camera and use iPhoto (yes, I'm a Mac) to copy the location data to other pics taken at the same spot (tedious, approximate, needs a PC)
- carry a small GPS while taking photos, download the GPS track file to your PC, convert it to a compatible format, and merge it with the photo files (extremely tedious, needs a PC and special software)
- buy a Nikon GP-1 and attach it to the flash shoe on the camera (bulky appendage on the camera, chews up battery life, doesn't work with D60)
I've tried the first two methods and they work but they're tedious, require a PC, or have other problems. You can also buy one of the few cameras with internal GPS, but that's expensive and doesn't help me with my D60.
This little Sony GPS-CS3KA sweeps away nearly all those drawbacks. I've only used it for a couple of days and have found it does exactly what it claims, quickly and easily. I shoot hi-res JPG, thus avoiding the non-Sony RAW problem mentioned elsewhere. (Somewhat understandable on Sony's part, since the various brands' RAW formats are so different.) Here's how it works:
- You turn on the Sony GPS (insert one AA, press On button) and let it "triangulate", in the arcane terminology of the instruction booklet, meaning acquire the satellite signals.
- Select the time zone you're in and set Daylight Savings if needed.
- Sync your camera to the GPS' time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A GREAT ACCESSORY FOR OUR 35MM DIGITAL, D60 NIKON CAMERA. THIS TAGS THE PHOTOS WITH THE EXACT TIME AND LOCATION THAT EVERY PHOTO WAS TAKEN.Published 7 months ago by Richard F. Ward
The GPS-CS3KA will scan through the files on the memory card, looking for the time at which each shot was taken. Read morePublished 8 months ago by George
This has worked as advertised, but is now largely obsolete technology.Published 10 months ago by Roger A. Blakesley
I bought this device almost 5 years ago and it still works like a charm!
The GPS logs are in a standard NMEA format so you will need additional software to view them on... Read more
This little gadget works flawlessly. Just stick the SD card in at the end of the day and it appends the geotag data to every photo. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by BobbyH
To start with unit is very slow detecting satellites which is not the worst thing. If you plan on using it to write to raw files (which is practically all I shoot) then you are out... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Ken Laesser
I have a Canon D60 SLR and wanted to geo-code my RAW files. I didn't try to geo-code using the built-in chip reader since that only supports JPG or Sony RAW files. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by BobG
Long battery life, easy to use, but the signal is not quite good. And, it can't add geo info to RAW photos.Published on September 24, 2011 by Terrence
Product is ok I don't think they should be charging as much as they are but the concept is cool, great product but Sony's price is to much to ask for, I think a reasonable price... Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by vernell myart