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.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3: another digital camera with GPS

Panasonic also announced the new rugged LUMIX DMC-TS3 today. It does 12.1MP photos, 1920×1080 full HD videos, has a super rugged look and design which protects it from water up to 12 meters deep, drops from 2 meters, and will function at temperatures down to -10C. But more importantly than all these LUMIX DMC-TS3 has a built-in GPS function, a compass, altimeter and even barometer. You can use this camera not only to take photos, but also to figure where you’re going and where you’ve been.

Just like the ZS10 we mentioned TS3 can also show the name of the country/region/town you’re in including about 1 million landmarks from all over the world. LUMIX TS3 also comes with an internal clock that automatically adjusts to the local time when GPS is enabled.

Wait until March 2011 to get your hands on one of these. We’re guessing low $400’s. What do you think?

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS10: digital camera with GPS

Panasonic today announced LUMIX DMC-ZS10 - a digital camera with ultra wide-angle to long zoom. Not being experts in digital photography we’ll just go ahead and list some features but then we’ll jump into the fun parts such as as the embedded GPS receiver.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS10 has a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and 16x optical zoom with LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens. It can capture full-HD videos as 1920×1080, has a 3″ touch LCD which allows zooming and focusing, and even acts as a shutter.

As we already mentioned LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS receiver that lets you geotag your photos. It will automatically tag the location data where the photo was taken with its latitude and longitude in the Exif data.

Just like most other GPS embedded digital cameras LUMIX ZS10 also shows the name of the place you’re in whether it is the country, city, or town. This database covers 203 countries or regions for global users. It also knows about more than 1 million landmarks in 78 countries.

Another neat feature that comes with GPS is that the camera can adjust to the local time automatically.

The LUMIX ZS10 will be available in March 2011. There’s no information on pricing just yet. The LUMIX ZS10 will be available in black, red, blue, silver, and brown.

Leica V-LUX 20 GPS embedded digital camera

Leica recently introduced a new digital camera with embedded GPS receiver called Leica V-LUX 20 (if you think this looks similar to Panasonic Lumix we talked about last month you’re not alone). We’re not photography experts here at Navigadget so we’ll just dive straight into the details. Leica V-LUX 20 has 12x zoom on its DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm lens and can shoot 12.1 megapixel pictures that automatically can store with their geographical position in their exif data - known as geotagging. Just the latitude and longtitude alone is not very exciting so the camera itself actually knows the city you’re in and even the attractions around you.

It will cost £ 495. Check it out here and see what others have geo-tagged.

new Panasonic Strada GPS navigation system

Panasonic of Japan today introduced 5 new portable and 3 in-dash Strada GPS navigation systems.

The portable ones come with either a 5″ or a 7″ touch screen display and all come with 8GB of RAM, 1Seg digital TV tuner, and VICS traffic control on the higher end models. Some of the new portable sat nav devices are:

  • CN-SP300L-K
  • CN-MP700VD-K
  • CN-MP500VD-K

The in-dash GPS navigation systems on the other hand come with a 60GB HDD, DVD, CD support, 7″ WVGA display, and cost between 200K to 280K Yen.

The three in-dash sat navs are:

  • CN-HX910D
  • CN-HW890D
  • CN-HW860D

Some other features of these include the bluetooth, digital TV tuners, and bluetooth… via

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS7 digital camera does GPS

Panasonic just introduced the new LUMIX DMC-ZS7 which has a 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens and a powerful 12x optical zoom which can even be used while recording movies. It can capture 12.1MP images but more importantly it has a built-in GPS receiver that can embed exact location of stills and movies which they claim is great when sharing your media online - making things a lot easier for your favorite stalker.

Like we said Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 utilizes GPS which stores latitude and longitude in the EXIF data. Not only that but thanks to location information stored internally this camera knows about the name of the city, country and state, and information for more than 500,000 popular landmarks, while covering 73 countries. Another plus of having a GPS receiver on board is that the LUMIX ZS7 can automatically adjust its internal clock to the local time.

We’re not really digital camera people here at Navigadget but some of the features of DMC-ZS7 include Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus), a short startup time of approximately 1.1 seconds, manual control features, face recognition, intelligent resolution and intelligent zoom, AF Tracking, and finally Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Exposure.

It doesn’t end there - LUMIX ZS7 can record AVCHD Lite HD video, and also features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high quality audio. It has a 3.0″, high resolution wide-viewing angle screen.

Panasonic LUMIX ZS7 will be available in silver, black, red and blue models. How much will it cost? We don’t but it better be sub $400.

new Sanyo Gorilla GPS navigation system

Not to be left out of the Japanese GPS navigation system race, Sanyo - just like Panasonic - also added three new devices to their Gorilla series.

Their new models are the NV-SB531DT, NV-SB541DT, NV-SD630DT.

By default they all have 8GB of internal storage, 1Seg TV tuner but differ when it comes to screen size, and a few other features. Here is how the new GPS devices measure up:

  • NV-SB531DT: 5.2″ screen
  • NV-SB541DT: 5.2″ screen and VICS for live traffic information
  • NV-SD630DT: 6.2″ screen and VICS for live traffic information

No word on pricing or availability from Sanyo of Japan just yet…

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new Panasonic Strada GPS navigation systems

Panasonic of Japan just announced three new GPS navigation systems for their Strada series. The new models are CN-MP150D/DL, CN-MP180D, and the CN-MP250D.

All the new sat nav systems have a 5″ screen and come with a faster processor - not sure how that affects the battery life though. There’s a slot for microSD cards which can support cards up to 8GB. That’s plenty of room for media.

Here is how the three GPS navigation devices differ:

  • CN-MP150D/DL: entry level, no 1Seg TV tuner
  • CN-MP180D: adds TV tuner
  • CN-MP250D: adds TV tuner and a VICS receiver for traffic updates

All the new Panasonic devices will be available in Japan next month… via

Panasonic CN-MP200 and CN-MP100

Panasonic CN-MP200 and CN-MP100 are two new portable GPS navigation systems for the Japanese market. As with everything in Japan, CN-MP200 can show digital TV channels thanks to its 1Seg TV tuner.

There isn’t anything too exciting about these GPS navigation systems other than the fact that they allow two way communication between the device and Google Maps for sharing POIs.

Some hardware specs and features include 5″ touchscreen, SD card slot, VICS, JPEG, and DIGA support…

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six GPS navigation systems no longer with us

GPS navigation system market is very dynamic and fast moving. New features come out monthly, prices keep going down. Small brand names can’t just compete or the big ones (HP, Sony) just take a quick stab at the market and realize people just won’t give up their Garmin’s :)

Here are a few names that are either out of the GPS navigation market or about to be gone.

  • Magellan

  • Magellan was one of the big shots here in the U.S. but recently was bought by Mitac Mio. Even though Mio said they’d keep the brand going we think it is a matter of time until the Magellan name completely disappears.

  • HP

  • HP had a decent looking device called iPAQ 310 for a while but it turns out they’ll be discontinuing their stand alone GPS navigation systems and a few others such as iPAQ 312, 314, 316, and 318.

  • Dash

  • These were the guys to first come out with a decent two way connected system. We really loved it. But they didn’t last long. When they quit they promised they’d keep their awesome user collected traffic information platform alive.

  • Harman/Kardon

  • Harman did come out with a few models that really looked promising such as the GPS-810. But due to continued price cutting they’re out as well.

  • Sony

  • Sony never really got traction in the PND market. They officially quit the European market. Even though SonyStyle for U.S. still offers the NVU series the fact that they haven’t offered anything new makes us wonder…

  • Panasonic

  • Panasonic is also out but only for standalone GPS navigation systems like the Strada CN-GP50N, and CN-GP50U. They’re keeping their in-dash systems.

    UPDATE (May 6th):

  • Navigon

  • We’re sorry to now add Navigon to this list. They really had some decent devices but the aggressive pricing was too aggressive for them. They’ll continue business in Europe.