Old 08-02-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
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From DPR:

"Sony has today announced a very interesting little device for
recording the position where photographs are taken. The GPS-CS1 is a
small (9 cm / 3.5 in) cylindrical device which you simply attach to a
backback or belt loop and carry with you while you shoot, it records
your GPS location and this information can later be synchronized with
your digital images to provide a map of where your photos were taken.
We assume it does this using date and time information stored in the
image header (which obviously requires your camera's clock to be
synchronized). Interestingly the mapping solution is an online website
with maps provided by Google Maps (it appears that the synchronization
software will write the GPS location into JPEG EXIF headers)."

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0608/06...sonygpscs1.asp

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Old 08-03-2006, 03:31 PM   #2
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I guess there could be a way for RP.net to read the exif and automatically put the info in the photo info. I usually know relativley well where I am when I'm shooting anyway
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I guess there could be a way for RP.net to read the exif and automatically put the info in the photo info. I usually know relativley well where I am when I'm shooting anyway
Usually being the operative word there. HAHA. I know exactly what you mean though. Just looking at a map before, during and after vacation is a big help but sometimes a photo looks like it can be from more than one spot. I mean a bridge over a creek next to a crossing is not always the best info to go by . I this is very smart and I would definitely look into it if they did that for Canon cameras.
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Usually being the operative word there. HAHA. I know exactly what you mean though. Just looking at a map before, during and after vacation is a big help but sometimes a photo looks like it can be from more than one spot. I mean a bridge over a creek next to a crossing is not always the best info to go by . I this is very smart and I would definitely look into it if they did that for Canon cameras.
I know what you mean. I drove across Nebraska's sand hills recently and snapped a few photos along the way. I had a heck of a time figuring out where a couple of them were taken, and this feature would have been really handy!
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In theory, you shouldn't need any specific camera/equipment to do this. You could pick up a GPS reciever that records your posistion every X seconds, and download that log to your computer. Then, download your photos to your computer, and some software (which doesn't yet exist, as far as I know) could go through your GPS log and the EXIF data from your camera, match up the time stamps, and then modify the EXIF data on the photos to include the lat/lon data, which could easily be sent to a file for viewing online w/ Google Maps or a KML file for Google Earth.

I'm majoring in geography and minoring in computer science... this could be a fun little project.
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In theory, you shouldn't need any specific camera/equipment to do this. You could pick up a GPS reciever that records your posistion every X seconds, and download that log to your computer. Then, download your photos to your computer, and some software (which doesn't yet exist, as far as I know) could go through your GPS log and the EXIF data from your camera, match up the time stamps, and then modify the EXIF data on the photos to include the lat/lon data, which could easily be sent to a file for viewing online w/ Google Maps or a KML file for Google Earth.

I'm majoring in geography and minoring in computer science... this could be a fun little project.
Go for it. When you finally perfect it, how bout discounts or free trials for those who 'pushed' you to go for it, huh? LOL
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Go for it. When you finally perfect it, how bout discounts or free trials for those who 'pushed' you to go for it, huh? LOL
I'd love to do that, however, I've got quite a few "little projects" like this, and all of them would be fun to tackle. This one, however, is more practical than some of the others...

Unfortunately, doing a quick Google for GPS EXIF revealed this, which is almost exactly what I just described, only better.

I guess I'll have to work on one of my other projects.
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I am a guy. I'm never lost and know where I am at all times. It's a fact of life (ask my wife!)...
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I am a guy. I'm never lost and know where I am at all times. It's a fact of life (ask my wife!)...
Well in North Dakota, you always know where you are (in the field by the track)

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Well in North Dakota, you always know where you are (in the field by the track)

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Yeah, some geniuses made all roads and section lines run north/south, east/west to help us out. Look for the sun (if it's out) and you know what direction where!
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I believe some Nikon DSLR cameras are able to be connected to a GPS.

I would of liked this feature 20 years ago, though I don't know how Kodak would go printing the info on the slide mount.

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