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Nikon GP-1 GPS price revealed

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J&R and Adorama has listed the Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit for $209.99 (Adorama takes pre-orders):

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  • Rob

    Can someone please explain to me why we need this ridiculously large and cludgy accessory when they are putting GPS receivers in handphones 1/5 the size of my D300? (and renders the hot shoe useless.) This seems like the kind of worthless gadget that we will be laughing at in a year’s time which was obsolete before it even hit the street.

    • Kevin

      I would imagine the reason it is not inside the camera is that the signal would have a tough time getting through the magnesium shell. That and there’s no room and not everyone wants it. But for someone like myself that does a lot of hiking and backpacking, it will be nice to see where the pictures I took came from.

    • http://www.craigchapman.ca/ Craig

      AFAIK the ‘GPS’ in most smartphones isn’t real GPS. Instead, they get the positioning from cellphone towers instead of the GPS satellites.

      That said, yeah, the P6000 has GPS built-in so I don’t see why they can’t do the same with DSLRs; so I expect we’ll see that as a feature of the next generation of Nikon DSLRs.

    • Bill

      I use a little unit called a Geomet’r purchased for $150 from B&H. It can either use the hot shoe or comes with some Velcro attachments to put the nunit on the camera strap or elsewhere. Cord is a little cumbersome, but of all the tagging solutions i’ve tried for my Nikon bodies this one is the best. it Works beautifully.

      • Marc Hult

        The Geomet’r gets an F from me. The non-removeable cable on my Geomet’r broke before the first long trip was over. The design is such that if you leave it connected to the camera when you put the camera into a top-loading bag, the repeated strain will cause the conductors to break. This is due both to the obviously inappropriate angle at which the conductors enter the connector body and the connector body into the camera. Moreover, the ON-OFF switch is inexplicably positioned so that it easily activated when the camera is in the bag. IMO, A device that breaks in service or causes something else to fail ( like draining a D200 battery to zero ) is much worse than no device at all. So the Geomet’r gets an F from me. ( I had left my manual GPS at home …)

    • Wayne

      I would use this in my hot shoe 10 times before I used the hot shoe for something else. So you see… WE really do need this. I strongly suggest you don’t buy it and let those of us who want it just enjoy ourselves.

  • Justin

    I would assume that in the not too distant future, built in geotaging will be standard on all but the cheapest Digital Cameras. I agree with the first poster who thinks this thing will be obsolete in a year or two. However, in the mean time, this could be very useful for certain people.

  • MoonRock

    Geotagging is alread in camera for the Nikon P6000.

    Also, Adorama has the GP-1 in stock. Dont’ have to wait for JR to get it.

    • Wayne

      I checked Adarama and their web site said you can buy it but it is not in stock and they will ship it when it gets in….. Any other ideas?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/friedtoast/ Fried Toast

    Already tried the Solmeta N-1. Liked it, but might pick up a standalone to sync w/ the photos later. Once they start putting this inside the body, then I’ll be interested. I can’t think of any reasons they need to take up that much space when Ricoh’s had it built-in for some time and Nikon’s got in now in their P6000.

    I’ve been slobbering over D700s, but I might actually get serious about buying one if they finally throw GPS inside it.

  • Ala’a

    I’ve been geotagging my pictures for years. Until my recent purchase of the Nikon Coolpix P6000, my method revolved around synchronizing the cameras clock with the “real” time on a GPS unit and performing the tagging afterwards when the GPS track is spliced with the images (I use software from Houdah.com on a Mac), and any GPS capable of track keeping was OK. Sure, the P6000 eliminated the computer manipulation, the need to sync the time on the camera and it does provide the number of satellites used to obtain the location – which is an indicator of how accurately the geolocation estimate really is – but the functionality may be added can easily be provided with a cheap GPS. Personally I use the Sony GPS-1, which sells for a fraction of what Nikon charges for the GP-1.
    And yes, I trust that GPS as a technology is booming so rapidly that eventually it will be so ubiquitous, and not only in phones and cameras. So yes, pretty soon this will be a non-item ;-)

  • Lance

    For far less money you can get a far more capable, useful, and multi-functional GPS unit. I’d think it won’t be long until someone comes up with software that will link an external GPS unit to your picture editing software and automatically upload the GPS info to the EXIF of all your images. Then when you’re done using it for photography you can put it back in your car where it can be REALLY useful.

  • xtemujin

    The Nikon GP-1 is officially out on 281108(Fri) at a price of ¥22,050

    http://www.nikon-image.com/jpn/products/camera/slr/accessory/others/index.htm#gp-1

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  • Richard Spencer

    The Geomet’r will do all that the GP-1 does, but is smaller, and with the velco fastening reasonably “knock-proof”. It works, using the top notch SiRF Star III GPS chip, while Nikon hide the name of their chip. The only disadvantage that the Geomet’r has is that it has no pass-through socket for a cable release. The GP-1 does, but, assuming you do not have a D90, but another DSLR, and use the ten-pin socket on the camera, you’ll need to go off and buy a new cable release, because the GP-1′s socket is only for the new D90 only cable!!

    One other point – the Geomet’r has an on off switch, so it can be left on while the camera is off, for a small battery drain, but instant GPS fix, while the GP-1 switches on only when the camera is switched on, with inevitable delay to get a fix.

    NB: Both the US and UK Nikon Web-sites declare that the GP-1 cannot be exported without government permission. This is quite different from a “grey-market” warning. I think that this just has to be a silly mistake, from Iron Curtain export controls twenty years ago, given that the Solemeter (spelling?) for US$288 is made in Peoples’ China, and the Geomet’r in Taiwan!

  • Melia

    I have been looking everywhere for this and it does not seem to actually have reached the US market.

    Anyone heard of a definitive release date or found it in the States?

  • Dale

    do you have any photos of the GP-1 on a camera so that I can see if I can deal with the GPS

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