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Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Review

Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Review - Daniel Bell takes a look at another app which can geotag photos taken on any digital camera.

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Category : iOS Apps
Product : Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App
Price : £2
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Last month we took a look at the gps4cam iPhone app and were impressed how easy the app made it to geotag your images when shooting with any digital camera. One alternative app is this Geotag Photos Pro app, which is priced at £2.49, 50p more than the gps4cam app. Here we take a look to see if the app doesn't the job better to justify the extra expense.

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Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Features

  • Supports iOS 4 multitasking
  • Tracking of your position, multiple logging modes, working in sleep mode, displays logged track on the map
  • No need to have roaming, wifi or phone network for logging
  • Export to GPX standard format
  • Geotagging desktop application
  • Works on any operating system
  • Supported image formats: jpg, nef, cr2, crw, dcr, ciff, erf, orf, k25, kdc, mef, mrw, nrw, pef, raf, tif, tiff, raw, arw, rw2, srf, sr2, srw, x3f, dng
  • Upload geotagged photos to social sites
  • Notifications if GPS signal lost or time-zone changed
Required:
  • iPhone/iPad with GPS chip (3G, 3GS or 4) or iPod Touch/iPad with external GPS chip
  • OS with Java 1.6 installed
Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Screenshot

Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Performance

When constantly using a GPS signal, required by the app, you will run down your battery quicker than normal. To help make the most of your battery life there are a range of autologging options, from every change in position, to every 30 seconds, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 minutes or every hour. The more frequent you set it the more power is used, but you get much more accurate geotagging. You can also set a minimal position change, from 10 metres to 1km a various intervals.

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One extra feature which wasn't on the gps4cam app is an area which displays the time and date you should set your camera to. Although it's easy to do without the app, it serves as a good reminder to ensure your camera is set correctly.

When you click "new trip" you are asked to give the trip a name. Once this is set, you hit record and the app will find your position. You can then lock your phone and enjoy your journey. You can manual update the GPS location at any point.

To then apply the geotagging data to your images, you need to upload to the Geotag Photos website, where you are required to create an account. This will then lead you to download the software which geotags your images automatically. Once you have created an account and have the software this becomes a very speedy operation. If you would prefer, the data can be exported by GPX to email or iTunes, rather than having to upload via the website.

The image on the right shows the exif data of an image taken on a Kodak Easyshare Touch M5370, which isn't a GPS camera, but thanks to Geotag Photos Pro now has GPS data.

The image below shows a set of geotagged images in Picasa. By clicking on the red marker, you can see the location the image was taken on the map.

Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Screenshot

Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Verdict

The end result is the same as the gps4cam app, your images have all been geotagged. The main difference is the way you get your data from iPhone to computer. Both allow it to be exported by GPX but the main method with this app is via their website, the gps4cam app displays the data in an image which is then read by the geotagging software. Both methods are easy but it's likely you'll prefer one method than the other and this is the main decision to make.

The Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App is reliable and an easy way to geotag your images.

Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Pros

Cheap and reliable way to geotag photos
Easy to use

Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App Cons

Demanding on the already short battery life on the iPhone

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The Geotag Photos Pro iPhone App is available from the iTunes Store for £2.49. For more information please visit the Geotag Photos website.

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Comments


24 Sep 2011 5:40PM
You missed the most important part of gps4cam relative to other systems -- you don't have to set your camera time to the exact GPS time. That is the major problem with most other geotagging systems that I investigated -- if the camera time was off, then your photos were tagged incorrectly. Because gps4cam encodes the GPS time in the QRCode you take a picture of, gps4cam can determine the offset between your camera time and the real time without you having to do anything.

So, if you forget that it's daylight savings time, you're not screwed with gps4cam. If you travel to another time zone and don't change your camera to that new time zone, you're not screwed. If your camera time drifts a bit and you're not obsessive about fixing it every time you care about locations, you're not screwed.

Sure, it's a nice idea to keep your camera time somewhat accurate, so that you can use the camera time for other things (like searching for a picture months later), but rarely do you need to ensure that your camera time is accurate to the second (or even minute). Most geotagging apps will give you bad results if you don't keep your camera time very accurate. gps4cam doesn't require that.

[My only relationship with gps4cam is that of a happy customer. I don't work for them, I don't know the people who wrote the app. I just think that it's the most convenient method for geotagging.]

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Mewn 2
18 Oct 2011 8:26PM
I am also an happy customer of gps4cam. As NightFlyer said, gps4cam is able to work even if the phone clock and camera clock are totally unsynchronized, that is why gps4cam does not ask the user to set any date. NightFlyer, for information, you also have a feature in gps4cam that allows to change the time of your pictures to the local time of your iPhone. This is very convenient when you travel in different timezones, gps4cam cares about the location of your pictures but also about their date/time.

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