Nikon CoolPix AW100 GPS camera review

Nikon’s CoolPix AW100 is one of the cameras we talked about in our compare GPS digital cameras article. The price has gone down on this camera to $300 right now and that’s pretty good deal for a waterproof camera with GPS technology.

So we decided to look around the web for some user review snippets and found these:

  • lightweight and small
  • quick between shots
  • GPS does not waste power
  • higer ISO photos are clear
  • good battery life
  • vibration reduction works really well


  • complicated menus
  • waterproofness needs to be serviced yearly
  • poor zoom performance when in video mode

Here’s the Amazon link: Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video

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.

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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Nikon GP-1 review

Do you remember the Nikon GP-1 we mentioned late last year? You should if you’re into DSLR cameras and geotagging. Well if you still haven’t purchased a Nikon GP-1, here is a review for you from johnbiehler.

What Nikon GP-1 does is that it geotags your photos while you’re taking them, so you don’t have to worry about post processing, an extra step to take care of when you get back home.

It comes with a cable specifically for the D90 which has a GPS port and a more standard cable for use on the other cameras which plugs into the left side of the unit. At the rear of the GP-1 is a mini-USB port that allows you to connect it to a laptop to use as a navigation GPS if you have the appropriate software. I haven’t tried this yet as I already have an in car GPS unit so I don’t really have a need to do this but it’s a nice bonus. On the right side, there is a pass through port for the wired MC-DC2 remote release cable should you wish to use it and the GP-1 at the same time.

Nikon GP-1 currently goes for $210 on Amazon.

pentax K20D with GPS

pentax-gpsAfter Nikon GP-1 we talked about earlier this month now we get the news that Pentax K20D maybe shipping with integrated GPS capabilities.

This rumor - which was started by a leaked press release on this greek site hasn’t been confirmed just yet but a press release with an explanation is expected to surface today.

Pentax K20D is a mid range DSLR camera and it is water resistant. Adding a GPS receiver on this device would only make sense since it is really designed for the outdoorsy types.

If the rumors are true Pentax K20D users would be able to geotag their photos automatically via the Exif info…

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Nikon GP-1

Here is the new Nikon GP-1 SLR GPS. It hot shoe mounts to your compatible Nikon which currently includes models D200, D3, D700, D90, D300, and D3X.

What this GPS receiver does is that it adds geotags your images so you can record latitude, longitude, altitude and time information - that’s it.

It measures 2×1.8×1 inches and as far as interface you’ve got a red blinking LED for GPS data not recording, green blinking for GPS data being recorded from three satellites, and green solid LED for 4 or more satellites are being used. It has a 45 seconds satellite fix from a cold start, and a 5 second fix from a hot start.

It costs $240 but keep in mind there are other Nikon GPS alternatives…

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GPS on Nikon P6000

Remember the Nikon P6000 we talked about last month? Somebody already went to trouble of reviewing the performance of the GPS receiver on the device. It covers all you need such as the error in location fix while standing still, driving, or right after coming out of a building.

The reviewer was quite pleased with the GPS feature on the Nikon P6000 even though he was able found a few negative points:

  • It’s very slow to get an initial position
  • No “accuracy” info on the GPS display

Anyhow check out his review here.

Nikon P6000 does GPS

Nikon Coolpix 6000 is the latest digital SLR point and shoot compact camera. But this time this new model from Nikon includes an embedded GPS receiver.

With the added GPS function, P6000 users will be able to record “geotags” of the location where their images are captured based on latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. This further heightens the photographic experience, allowing users to pinpoint the location via maps available in Nikon ViewNX Software, my Picturetown, Nikon’s photo sharing and storage website, or any other software or website that recognizes GPS data.

We don’t know much about SLR cameras here at Navigadget but the specs are as follow as taken from a more authoritative site on the subject.

  • 13.5 megapixel CCD (effective)
  • 4x wide-angle zoom lens (28 - 112 mm equiv.) with optical stabilization
  • 2.7″ LCD monitor (230,000 pixels)
  • ISO 64 - 1600 at full resolution (3200 and 6400 at three megapixels)
  • NRW RAW format (although “Windows Imaging Component” and “Windows only”)
  • Built-in GPS receiver records location (latitude and longitude for automatic geotagging)
  • External flash and lens accessories
  • Wired LAN port
  • Face-priority AF
  • D-Lighting

You can expect to pay about $500 as early as this September for Nikon P6000. Your other options for digital cameras with GPS feature are the geotate Kato (retro fit), altek, and even maybe the PND camera from Mio.

UPDATE: We’ve been warned that this is not an DSLR. Maybe we should stick to GPS only.