compare GPS digital cameras


More than a year ago we put together a list of the best GPS digital cameras. New models come out all the time so it’s time for another comparison.

A new brand that made it to our list this year is Canon with their Canon PowerShot SX230 and Canon PowerShot S100. Canon took it’s time to integrate GPS positioning to it’s point and shoot models but they’ve made a good entrance since SX230 is the most popular of all. SX230 comes in two vibrant colors and regular black. It has a pop up flash which may get in the way if you’re not used to it. It can take 1080p HD videos and features a 3″ LCD screen. It will still fit in a pocket but it may have to be a good sized one. PowerShot S100 also comes with integrated GPS but it is the most expensive in the pack and possibly the smallest. S100 comes with the latest Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and only 5x digital zoom.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is the successor of last year’s Sony DSC-HX5V. Only better and less expensive just like most electronics. Sony again impresses with its G lens and the “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor. Some other cool features in addition to the GPS capability of course is the Backlight Correction HDR, and the ability to take 3D stills.

Panasonic is on the list again with a successor - the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8. Once again they’re boasting about the new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system. It also has the AF Tracking system which tracks a subject until you hit the shutter. At only $150 this may be one of the best deals you can get if you’re looking for a GPS digital camera.

Nikon Coolpix is also back with Nikon COOLPIX AW100. This camera is waterproof, can shoot 1080p HD videos, and geotags your photos as expected. A little pricey at about $350 but if you’re looking to take photos at 30ft below surface under water, then this is your pick. It also looks pretty slick for being such a rugged GPS digital camera.

Another new brand on our list is Fujifilm. They’ve brought the Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR into the play this year. It is quite bulky but it is packed with features. It also has a pop up flash and promises to take motion blurs out of your photos with mechanical image stabilization, high ISO sensitivity and the new Motion Detection capability. The 15x optical zoom covers 24-360mm which is 35mm equivalent.

Olympus TG-810 is not pretty to look at but it’s waterproof down to 10 meters, shockproof, freeze proof down to 14F, and crushproof up to 220lbs. It will photos at 14 MP resolution through a lens with 5x wide optical zoom, and has 3″ 920K LCD.

Samsung’s new entry this year is the Samsung EC-SH100. It’s the lightest point and shoot GPS digital camera out there weighing at only 3.8 ounces. It is also cheapest with the price at low $100’s. In addition it is the only one on this list with WiFi capability for instant sharing. Not a bad camera at all. This has to be your pick if you’re after the cheapest digital camera.

Last but not least is the Casio EX-H20GBK. It has 14.1MP resolution, can take videos at 720p which is not as good as the others. It has a 3″ LCD and a long lasting battery that can take up to 600 shots. This last one is the only one we’re not really recommending.

There’s a lot more but we thought these were worth mentioning. If you feel strongly about another model do let us know and we’ll consider.

Casio EXILIM EX-H20G


Why are we talking about a digital camera on Navigadget? Because it can geotag your photos no matter where you are; even indoors. This is the new Casio EXILIM EX-H20G. It uses something that combines GPS with motion-sensor driven autonomic positioning.

Casio EXILIM EX-H20G will use your last known satellite-acquired position against map data stored in the camera’s internal memory, even when you’re indoors, and make a very educated guess.

It is not just geotagging though. With EX-H20G’s on-screen map you can plan your travel before departing, or just view your destination and points-of-interest. Once you’re there just confirm your location and even use the internal digital compass to determine the best route to your next stop.

It will cost $350 when it comes out in November.

soon all cameras will have GPS


We’re already seen some digital cameras with embedded GPS receivers (Altek, Samsung CL65, Samsung ST1000, Sony HX5V, Casio) to make geotagging of photos more of a standard thing rather than the exception. They’re not quite mainstream just yet but we can see this happening in the very near future. Some recent news suggests that industrial handheld computers with cameras are also headed in this direction. Antenova is a company that embeds (as you may have guessed) antenna’s in pretty much anything and their M10264 GPS Radionova RF antenna module was just selected by Blackroc Technology to be used in their rugged handheld GPS computer which comes with a 2MP digital camera.

Developed with enhanced GPS functionality, the camera features a back-up powered sleep mode that is automatically entered whenever the C32M/G is turned off, which allows the GPS to perform a warm boot at the next turn-on, thereby reducing the time-to-first-fix to as low as 10 seconds.The SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) software provides improved accuracy from standard GPS of around 15 meters to between 1-2 meters accuracy.

Casio Exilim Hybrid GPS camera


Casio showed off a prototype digital camera with integrated GPS capabilities at CES 2010. It is from the Exilim series and it is called Hybrid GPS. It has a powerful 10x optical zoom capability. It can shoot pictures at 12.1MP, definitely sufficient for your point and shoot needs.

We wonder how they get to show the location of where you shot the photo on a map. Maps come from WiFi connection maybe??!!

We’re not sure when we would see this at consumer markets but it is good to know they’re in the works…

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more TeleNav giveaway

As you know a few months ago we gave away free subscription to TeleNav’s GPS navigation software. Now we’re doing it again. The only difference is that we’ve upped the prize. Instead of three 6 months of service, now we’re giving away three 1 year subscriptions.

What’s the occasion you may ask? Well, just recently there was an update for AT&T Navigator, and now the GPS navigation software from TeleNav has a new look and some new features.

Check out the video here which demonstrates support for landscape view while navigating, integrated iPod controls and improved audio. The video is for iPhone but you can still win if you’re using another device.

Here is how you can get your hands on one of these free 1 year subscriptions.

First make sure you have a compatible phone here. And then subscribe to our feed and leave a comment below with an email address we can reach you at.

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry rest of the world. Also duplicate entries, emails, IP addresses will be disqualified.

We’ll close this article for comments a week from today and after that we’ll announce the winners.

Good luck.

Casio Exilim for Verizon does GPS

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Verizon just introduced a new phone called Casio Exilim. Other than including an A-GPS receiver and allowing for the VZ Navigator, the new Casio Exilim phone has a few other pretty cool features. Take for example the 5.1MP camera with flash and auto focus, or the 180 degree rotating display: when combined turns your phone into a pretty decent digital camera, even supporting 3x optical zoom! Any other phones out there with an optical zoom?

Some other features of the new Casio Exilim includes 1X/EV–DO Rev A. network support, bluetooth, music player (up to 8GB memory card support), and video recording.

It is already available via Verizon and costs $279 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

TomTom GO Live 740 reviews around the web

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TomTom GO Live 740 recently got a bunch of reviews and we wanted to share a few of those here at Navigadget - all on one page:

Engadget

…Trying to check the local weather forecast? Expect to wait a minute or two for the GO 740 LIVE to queue up the data; meanwhile, you can get the information you’re after and reply to a few emails on your handset. For those with no smartphone and no data plan, the connected features are certainly more appealing, but we still argue they aren’t worth $120 per year. Spotty traffic alerts, slow-to-load weather forecasts and marginally stale fuel price updates just aren’t worth paying extra for, especially after you just laid down so much money for the device itself…

Gizmodo

…This past week I drove around with the new $400 TomTom Go 740 LIVE, both around town and on a road trip, and I was shocked to see that the problems I used to bitch about years ago still persist. What good are turn-lane guidance, connected searches and live traffic and weather—let alone user-editable community-powered mapping tools—when the basic experience sucks so painfully?…

GPS Review
Mostly in response to Gizmodo “review”…

Yes, the graphics are not quite as crisp as Garmin devices. That is true. But it hardly impacts my ability to get to the destination. It isn’t so ugly that I have to turn away in horror. And the screen refresh rates of TomTom devices are frequently cited by customers as being faster than many of the newer Garmin devices.

And from the UK

pocket-lint

But diving into TomTom Home you get a sense for how much in real terms this type of device will cost you. After the initial outlay of £340 odd, the Live services will cost you £7.99 a month, and if you want the latest maps, to be constantly updated with these, (aside from user corrections) will again cost you more. Playing into that idea of being an everyday device, this cost may be worth it, but if you buy the TomTom for holiday use twice a year, it doesn’t look like good value for money.

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The speech recognition tools are another area of improvement, adding the ability to control various aspects of the device - such as switching between 2D and 3D views as well as simply entering addresses. We found this worked well, but though it recognised street names and cities okay, it occasionally had difficulty in recognising numbers, bizarrely.

gps cow hat


Being a cowboy used to entail long days herding cows under the brutally hot and dry sun. Now, with the advent of solar powered cow hats, a stockbroker in New York could theoretically herd cattle in New Mexico. With the way Wall St. has been performing lately the cowboys might have a problem on their hands.

The GPS device was developed in a joint venture between MIT and the Department of agriculture. The GPS unit relays information about the cows location to a central server back at the ranch. If the cow leaves the pre-determined area music plays through a speaker built into the hat to nudge the cow back to where it belongs. If this fails an electric shock is enabled which will turn the cow around.

This is the first solar powered device we’ve seen that can play back MP3’s and deliver the occasional electroshock so it gets a four star review. In reality though it shows how far GPS technology has come in the last few years. Who would have ever thought GPS would impact the way cowboys worked?…

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Casio Boulder


Yes, that’s a cell phone sitting in few inches of water with a digital compass on its display. Called Casio Boulder, this is the newest addition to the G’zOne rugged phone series. Just like the other G’zOne this one also features integrated GPS receiver and a 1.3MP digital camera.

It will be available from Verizon in August for $130 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2 year contract. Here are the other important features of Casio Boulder.

  • Flashlight
  • turn-by-turn directions with VZ Navigator
  • music player
  • microSD card support
  • bluetooth
  • speech recognition
  • voice commands
  • speakerphone

And of course it meets military specifications (810F) for water, shock and dust resistance; immersion; vibration, salt fog; humidity; solar radiation; altitude; and low and high temperature storage…

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Casio G’zOne GPS phone

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Casio was displaying their relatively new G’zOne rugged GPS phone at CES 2008. The G’zOne comes standard with a location enabled 9-1-1 feature for emergency situations and if you activate the VZ Navigator from Verizon you can even have yourself a full GPS navigation system complete with turn-by-turn directions with access to 14 million POIs and detailed color maps.

G’zOne is equipped with bluetooth and supports headsets, handsfree, serial port, and dial-up networking profiles. Other features include voice commands, TTY/TTD capability, and a not so great digital camera.

Casio G’zOne is exclusively available at Verizon for $150 with a two year contract…

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