Pentax K-5, K-r and 645D users can now track and record details of the places they take photos in thanks to the release of a new Pentax GPS unit. By mounting the Pentax O-GPS1 onto the hotshoe*, photographers can record the latitude, longitude, altitude, universal time coordinated (UTC) of the location they are shooting in directly onto each image they capture. These images and the location data can then be looked at on a PC. The GPS unit also features an Electronic Compass, which displays the direction in which the camera is pointing on its LCD monitor. It'll also record directional data on captured images. The weather-resistant construction means you can use it in light rain and it's powered off one AAA-size battery so power isn't drawn off your camera.
If you use a K-5 or K-r, you can use the ASTROTRACER function** available on the O-GPS1. By coupling it with the camera's Shake Reduction system, the photographer can photograph celestial bodies. If you want to find a favourite photo location use the Simple Navigation Function, which calculates the direction and distance to a given destination from the users current position. The user can either locate destinations using location data stored on recorded images, or register and/or assign them by uploading location data created on a PC.***
The Pentax O-GPS1 will be available mid-June 2011, at the Recommended Retail Price of £229.99. For more information please visit the Pentax
*Compatible models are the K-5, K-r and 645D (as of May 2011). Some of the O-GPS1’s functions may not be available when used with the 645D.
** This function is available only when the O-GPS1 is mounted on a PENTAX digital SLR camera body equipped with a magnet-driven SR system.
*** At the time of purchase, the O-GPS1 has nine PENTAX international service centers as preset destinations.
Note: The camera’s firmware must be updated to the latest version In order to use the O-GPS1 properly with a compatible PENTAX digital SLR camera body. When the O-GPS1 is used in locations where it cannot receive signals from GPS satellites, location data may be in error or missing.