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Pentax GPS digital camera bundle released by GeoSpatial experts

Pentax GPS digital camera bundle released by GeoSpatial experts - The bundle includes a Garmin GPS, a Pentax WPi 6 megapixel digital camera, and a special software package that creates web pages of your images with the GPS data.

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Pentax GPS digital camera bundle released by GeoSpatial experts
GPS for digital cameras isn't a new concept, some of the higher end digital SLRs have been able to incorporate GPS information into the photo's metadata for a while now. However, this bundle is one of the first to provide this feature at an affordable price. Starting from approximately 400, ($710.68 US Dollars) this bundled is well within the price range of many amateur photographers.

The software package alone can be obtained for approximately 129 ($229 US Dollars) and can be used with any digital camera in conjunction with a compatible GPS unit.

This technology would be great for photographers who wish to accurately catalogue where their pictures have been taken. For landscape photographers this would enable them to keep track of the location of every photo they take, allowing them to revisit sites they may have previously forgotten about or to share details of their favourite locations.

Press Release:
GeoSpatial Experts today unveiled a new GPS photo mapping product bundle that includes a Pentax digital camera, Garmin handheld GPS receiver and the GeoSpatial Experts GPS-Photo Link software. GeoSpatial Experts will be demonstrating all three products January 31-February 2 at the ESRI Federal Users Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Pentax-Garmin package is the third GPS-Photo Link mapping product bundle offered by GeoSpatial Experts, the one-stop shop for photographic mapping needs. Due to relatively low cost of the camera and GPS receiver, GeoSpatial Experts views this as the perfect hardware/software combination for first-time photo mapping users.

As resellers of Pentax and Garmin products, we are now able to offer clients another complete GPS-photo mapping solution, said Rick Bobbitt, GeoSpatial Experts president. When clients purchase the Pentax camera and Garmin handheld GPS along with our GPS-Photo Link software, they receive a significant price discount on all three products. GeoSpatial Experts is the developer of GPS-Photo Link, a digital image mapping software that saves time and money by automatically linking digital photographic images to GPS location data in the GIS environment. GPS-Photo Link creates web pages in which the watermarked photographs are integrated with satellite imagery, street maps, and any other GIS-based mapping layer.

As a reseller for Pentax, GeoSpatial Experts has selected the Pentax Optio WPi waterproof digital camera for inclusion in the product bundle. The Pentax Optio WPi is a lightweight, 6.0 megapixel camera that is waterproof and dustproof and considered ideal for use in the field by GPS mapping professionals. The camera can shoot underwater photos at a depth of five feet for up to 30 minutes and comes with a 3X zoom and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

We personally reviewed several digital cameras and selected the Pentax Optio because it is waterproof, more rugged and relatively less expensive than others, said Bobbitt.

The Garmin GPS60 Series was selected by GeoSpatial Experts for similar reasons. It is waterproof, compact and rugged. The Garmin GPS60 series of handheld GPS receivers was designed specifically for mapping in difficult terrain and has built-in differential correction capabilities via the Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The ability to add memory makes this Garmin series a favorite for GIS mapping project involving collection of hundreds or thousands of data points in a day. Receivers in the GPS60 Series offer 28-hour battery lives and user-friendly interfaces.

Together, the Pentax Optio WPi camera and Garmin 60 provide the best capabilities for GPS photo mapping, primarily because they are designed for use in the wet and rugged environments where our GIS clients most often find themselves, said Bobbitt. There is no need to link the camera and GPS receiver with a cord; the user just takes a photo of the GPS screen at the beginning of each days mapping, and the GPS-Photo Link software automatically synchronizes the photos to their correct locations.

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Rob 9 116
2 Feb 2006 1:54AM
I'd say this is good news for any authority that wants to keep tabs on people.

The more GPS data floating around, the better from their point of view I would have thought.

Or maybe I shouldn't have read 1984...

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User_Removed 10 3.3k Russian Federation
2 Feb 2006 4:00AM
As a general rule Rob, most GPS handsets are receivers only... There is no useful tracking data that can be obtained from them...
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
2 Feb 2006 4:07AM
I think what Rob is getting at is how the GPS information could be used.

When tabloids start to back up their images of peoples private lives with an exact time and location this could have a major impact on photojournalism.

Another application I thought of was for Traffic Wardens. At the moment they take a picture of any cars they issue tickets to as evidence, if it is backed up by accurate GPS information then there will be less sucessful attempts to contest the fine in court.

Just a thought. Wink
6 Feb 2006 12:02AM
"When tabloids start to back up their images of peoples private lives with an exact time and location this could have a major impact on photojournalism."

Erm...surely they can do this anyway with a watch, a map, and a pencil and paper...

As for traffic wardens; great! Less public money wasted in legal battles with people trying to get away with breaking the law!

Sadly, I doubt this software would actually be of much legal use, as it doesn't seem to directly interface with the camera, but rather helps users to produce GIS-linked image data once they get home.

Anyway, you're easier to track everytime you use your mobile phone than any other piece of technology.

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