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.

Canon PowerShot S100 packs GPS

Canon last week added a new point shoot camera to its PowerShot range with PowerShot S100. The new Canon PowerShot S100 is a very compact camera with DSLR-like manual control and superb image quality low light. S100 is a successor to S90 and S95 and adds enhanced HS System, which combines a Canon high-sensitivity sensor with DIGIC 5.

Some other features include 24mm ultra-wide angle with 5.0x optical zoom lens, Image Stabilizer (IS), and more fun than any of this: the GPS functionality. With the newly added GPS feature you can record the time and location of every shot.

A few more of the key feature on PowerShot S100:

  • 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS (1/1.7 type)
  • HS System with powerful DIGIC 5
  • Ultra-wide 24mm, f/2.0, 5x zoom lens. Intelligent IS
  • Lens Control Ring, NR Control & RAW
  • GPS
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0″) LCD
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB

Fujifilm F550EXR does GPS geotagging

FUJIFILM announced an addition to the FinePix F-Series lineup: the FinePix F550EXR. This is a compact digital camera with a new 16MP EXR-CMOS sensor, FUJINON 15x super Wide-Angle lens (24-360mm equivalent) and 3.0” with 160° viewing, high speed shooting capabilities, full HD movie capture at 1080p, and finally new GPS Geo-Tagging.

We don’t have too much expertise in digital imaging so we’ll leave that to the pros, but as far as the GPS capabilities for F550EXR you’re looking at a local database of place names stored on the device so it can tag your photos with names by matching it with your location. It also obviously stores latitude and longitude and can overlay your photos on a map with the included software.

Fujifilm F550EXR knows about half a million points of interests around the world by name. The Photobook Assist feature will let you create a book of places you’ve visited where you can turn the pages using the screen on the camera.

In addition, if you take a picture and don’t remember where you took it you can have the F550EXR guide you back to it. It can show you which direction to walk and how far you’re from it. F550 EXR’s GPS Tracking Data function stores location data at regular intervals and when you’re in front of your PC this information can be turned into a map illustrated with the pictures you took along the way.

The FinePix F550EXR will be available in mid-March 2011 for $350.

geotagging with bluetooth dongle

Maybe you’re looking for a wireless geotagging solution for your DSLR. It has come to our attention that ‘foolography‘ has a few new solutions for you. One of their method does not really include the GPS receiver but just a bluetooth dongle that attaches to your DSLR which can communicate with pretty much any bluetooth GPS receiver.

Called Unleashed Dx000 this little bluetooth dongle is very compact and consumes very little power. It is smart enough to remember last known position when you lose GPS signal or have a disruption in your blutooth signal. It only weighs 5 grams and measures 5mm thick.

It cost 125.21€ outside the EU without tax, and 149.00€ inside the EU.

Ricoh G700SE

Have you seen the latest Ricoh digital camera? It is called Ricoh G700SE and has two addon modules. One of them is a barcode scanner. And the other one… wait for it…. a GPS module with an electronic compass! Ricoh had previous attempts (here and here) with GPS enabled cameras but neither of those looked as good as the G700SE.

But you may ask, “why do i need GPS in my camera?”. You don’t really unless you want to geotag them, which means embedding location info into the image.

Ricoh G700SE is a 12MP camera with Bluetooth and Wifi. Not only it can carry its own GPS module but it can also get location information from a bluetooth enabled GPS device while transmitting the photos via WiFi to other computers.

Ricoh G700SE will be available in 2011 for about $1050.


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.

Garmin-Asus A10 out in New Zealand

Garmin-Asus A10 is out in New Zealand; available at Telecom New Zealand. As you know Garmin-Asus A10 is an Android device with a greater focus on GPS navigation; targeting European and Asia-Pacific nations.

The device will come with everything you need to utilize it it your car including an in-car mount and a car charger. Preloaded maps of New Zealand are of course there as well as Yellow Pages search.

Other features of Garmin-Asus A10 include Microsoft Exchange server support, 3.2″ HVGA touch screen, WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus and geotagging, built-in accelerometer, and much more.

It will cost RRP $699.

GPS enabled Leica V-Lux 20 review

Wired has a short review of the Leica V-Lux 20 we mentioned a while back which really resembles Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS7. Though it only deserved 6 dots out of 10 in their eyes we couldn’t really find what they didn’t like. Probably the fact that it costs $410 more than its identical cousin from Panasonic. Yes Leica V-LUX 20 costs $700 whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 costs only $290. Some other negatives include laggy geotagging and laggy capture speed.

On the bright side it produces great photos, has 12.1MP, 12X optical zoom, and of course the built-in GPS!

new Magellan eXplorists are out

Magellan just updated their eXplorist lineup with three new models. These are Magellan eXplorist 510, Magellan eXplorist 610, and Magellan eXplorist 710.

First off, all three new eXplorists come with a 3″ color touch screen, 3.2MP camera with auto focus, mic, speaker to mark waypoints not only with a dot on a map but also include a photo, some audio, or even some video. It’s like geotagging on steroids.

All of the devices come with preloaded maps which include road network for the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia, as well as water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background. 510, 610, and 710 are all IPX7 waterproof, offer 16 hours of battery life, a digital almanac, and track summary and area calculation feature.

All of them are great for paperless geocaching. Check out the new models here.

As far as differences between these three models:

  • Magellan eXplorist 510 ($350): base model
  • Magellan eXplorist 610 ($450): add 3-axis electronic compass and a barometric altimeter
  • Magellan eXplorist 710 ($550): add Summit Series topographic map and turn-by-turn maps

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Nikon geotagging with PhotoTrackr GPS

We’ve talked about GiSTEQ here before and their “Trackr”s. Well there’s a new one; specially for your Nikon DSLR camera. It is already out and it only costs $180.

The biggest difference from the older GP-1 is that PhotoTrackr does not rely on the hot shoe for power, but uses a rechargeable battery and attaches to the 10-pin connector. So you’re still free to use the hot shoe for a flash. Another advantage is that GiSTEQ’s PhotoTrackr can track 44 satellites at once to get you a position fix. There’s actually a pretty good comparison here.

What you do is connect GPS adapter to the camera and then your Nikon DSLR will receive GPS data from the GPS receiver and embed GPS info into the photo’s EXIF data. This data is transferred wirelessly to the camera via the Bluetooth connection…

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