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Can anyone recommend a GPS?


mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:02AM
Numerous times I have been somewhere (either hiking or driving) and thought it would be a great spot to take photos, and thought maybe get a GPS that I can press 'save' for later reference. Does anyone have a GPS unit they could recommend?
Are in-car units (which seem to be built into SatNav) any good when walking cross-country? Or is it better to get a walkers version?


Any advice appreciated

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Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:16AM
Most smartphones these days have GPS built in that would offer you that feature. If you were relying on the GPS for navigation though, I would recommend one built specifically for the task, with weather proofing and better battery life.
Never used an in-car sat-nav that you could carry with you (mine's built in).
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:16AM
(Garmin are probably the best known make for "proper" outdoors GPS units)
KevSB 10 1.4k 5 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:17AM
Another option is upgrading to a smart phone with gps facility, My ipad has a great one free but obvously to large to carry but the same programme is availible on the iphone, Im sure other makes have i simuler option.
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:21AM
Isn't that what I said in my first sentence? Wink
KevSB 10 1.4k 5 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:24AM

Quote:Isn't that what I said in my first sentence? Wink

When i replied there was no Other post showing so how would i Know that!
Blackcrag 1 36 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:33AM
Hi I have had a Garmin etrex for several years, which I use for walking with.
It creates a bread trail of were you have been, there is a facitily to creat a `waymarker` so as you said somewhere of interest can be marked easily. The batteries last all day and more. great advantage over phones which burn the power up using the gps. I have mapping on the gps, which is not great, but thats because my unit is getting on the newer verisions with colour screens are good.
I then use Memory map on my pc. You can create walks and down load the walks from various sites to your gps. You can then transfer the walks from the gps with the waymarkers onto the map. This is dead handy later when you are trying to work out which shot was which and were, as all the walks and waymarkers are timed, just sync the time for your camera to the same as the gps.
Gary
KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 10:29AM
We use this >>>> http://www.maplin.co.uk/gps-travel-tracker-227620

Only 40, and it works well enough or photography tracking - it's about twice the size of a postage stamp - been using it for several years now Smile
Hugo 9 640 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 10:51AM
For photo logging, while out shooting
I have one of these- similar to that of the poster above, only a much bigger battery and much more memory - ideal if you were to go on holiday or photo trips that were more than a day.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Qstarz-BT-Q1000XT-5Hz-66-Ch-Bluetooth-GPS-Receiver-Data-Tracker-Travel-Recorder-/390365791213?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item5ae39d43ed

I always though this one was quite cute - although it does not have the battery life of the one above.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Holux-M-241-M-241-Bluetooth-GPS-Data-logger-Data-logger-ezTour-/220930522740?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item33707c3e74

With these loggers - they are always logging (no need to press a button, although there is a "point of interest button" if you want to), but by logging your position say every 5 seconds, they should be fairly accurate. So long as the clock in your camera is correct, when you import the photos, they have software to sync this GPS data with your images, and add it to the images metadata, although if you use Lightroom4 or maybe Aperture then that feature is part of Lightroom anyway (the maps tab)

There are smart phone apps that can do this too, but I wouldn't - it will eat up the battery soooooo quick!

Just for casual research - then yeah, a smartphone would be fine, ive used Memory maps as someone else has mentioned, or its easy to log a 'point of interest' with the free Google maps. Or one of the hand-held Garmin ones, although not that cheap when compared with the cost of a cheap smartphone such as Google Nexus 4
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 10:51AM
Thanks for that Kevin, might just buy one of those myself Smile
barrovian e2
10 162 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:01AM
I've been using Memory Map for years now. Firstly on an IPAQ PDA and lately on a smart phone. Excellent mapping software IMHO.
KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:21AM

Quote:Thanks for that Kevin, might just buy one of those myself Smile


You're welcome Smile
Graysta 9 1.1k England
8 Feb 2013 7:38PM
My Next door neighbor bought 2 Sat navs off "T"interweb both delivered to wrong house Grin Tongue Wink
P----d my self laughing

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