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
GeoSpatial Experts today unveiled a new
GPS photo mapping product bundle that includes a Pentax digital camera,
handheld GPS receiver and the GeoSpatial Experts GPS-Photo Link
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
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
of Pentax and Garmin products, we are now able
to offer clients another
complete GPS-photo mapping solution,
GeoSpatial Experts president.
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
software that saves time and money by automatically linking digital
to GPS location data in the GIS environment. GPS-Photo Link creates web
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
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
for use in the field by GPS mapping professionals. The camera can shoot
photos at a depth of five feet for up to 30 minutes and comes with a 3X
rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
reviewed several digital cameras and selected
the Pentax Optio because it
is waterproof, more rugged and relatively less expensive than
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
was designed specifically for mapping in difficult terrain and has
correction capabilities via the Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS).
The ability to
add memory makes this Garmin series a favorite for GIS mapping project
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.
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
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