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MacNN Review: PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900

updated 07:30 pm EST, Thu February 25, 2010

GPS Receiver matches waypoints to camera timestamp

MacNN has reviewed the GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr DPL900, a small GPS device that is bundled with software to allow users to simply and quickly add location information to digital photos. After carrying both the DPL900 and a digital camera on a photo shoot, the GPS device matches the timestamp of the user's digital camera after recording where the user was over the same time period. It captures waypoints, rather than tracking the location every second.

The included software is a rebranded version of JetPhoto, which supports GeoTagging, basic cropping and editing and Flickr uploads. The software does not integrate with iPhoto, requiring users to manually drag images into iPhoto after adding GPS info.

PhotoTrackr requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, but if you want to tag and use RAW files you must upgrade to PhotoTrackr Pro, which is a $20 upgrade. The unit itself is $70.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. facebook_Kristopher

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    Joined: Feb 2010

    0

    why

    Why can't we just get digital cameras with GPS chips built-in? The market should be flooded with this feature by now. Who wants to carry yet another device?

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Why not? Here's why:

    Note, we do have some cameras that allow GPS to be built-in. There are even hot-shoe attachments for DSLRs that let your camera include the geotag directly in the RAW's metadata.

    However, you should note that the sending and receiving from satellites can be a real drain on batteries, and the radio requires you to enlarge your product. Compact point'n'shoot cameras would have to have a larger form factor. DSLR users would have to sacrifice battery life, something that comes as a premium depending on how many photos you take and how far you range from a power source.

    If you really want to geocode your photos, there have been ways to do it for years now. I've been using a fairly nice, very sensitive, and relatively inexpensive GPS logger, and then using 3rd party programs like HoudahGeo to tag images already in my Aperture library. This way, there's no 3rd-party media management, just a tool to work with the system that's already in place.

    Geotagging, as of now, is still a niche practice, so there hasn't been a large market for building it into cameras. Now that Apple has full-fledged adoption of the feature, you can bet that there will be more users picking up on it, and a market to develop useful applications in-camera. Cheers.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: Why?

    Cost. Battery life. Nuff said.

  1. Scott_R

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Simplicity

    Can the PhotoTrackr software simply tag the photos without loading them into anything--that is, leave them where they are while adding the geotags, and then the user can load them into iPhoto or whatever?

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