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.

Sony nav-u NV-U37

Sony Portable in Japan just announced that the release date on their latest GPS navigation system nav-u NV-U37 will be June 25. It will be offered in three colors - white, black, orange (July 9th). NV-U37 was actually announced in March but because of the earthquake the release date had to be pushed back.

NV-U37 has a 3.5-inch / 320×240 dot LCD display and boasts IPX5 equivalent performance with a splash-proof seams. It is not only intended for automobile use but they say you can also use it on foot or bicycle and even mountain climbing? It comes with 8GB internal memory, and includes a Memory Stick Duo slot.

A few other features include video/audio playpack, still image displaying. The battery is quite decent and in stamina mode! you can get up to 9 hours of life.

NV-U37 comes with maps of popular biking and hiking routes in Japan and can show information such as altitude and other stats.

Sony HX9V gets GPS

Sony just made official the new 16.2MP Cyber-shot digital still camera called Sony HX9V. DSC-HX9V offers a high-performance G Lens with 16x optical zoom with 24mm wide angle. The camera allows for creating 3D content either in 3D Sweep Panorama mode or the 3D Still Image mode. In this mode, the camera takes two consecutive shots in different focus positions to calculate the depths, and then it creates left-eye and right-eye images to produce a 3D effect.

But better than the fake 3D feature Sony HX9V offers GPS/Compass which should become useful on your travel and holidays. The embedded GPS receiver along with the e-compass will capture your location and even shooting direction and lets you view them overlayed onto a map from your PC.

The HX9V replaces the HX5V which we mentioned in our best GPS digital camera article (getting an update soon).

HX9V will be available in April but you can preorder starting in February. DSC-HX9V will cost $350.

Sony Ericsson S006 coming to the U.S.

Sony Ericsson is bringing their latest Cyber-Shot S006 to the U.S. pretty soon as it has now appeared on FCC listings (just today). This is a smart camera phone that packs a whopping 16MP camera (as if that really means anything with a crappy lens with no optical zoom) with up to ISO 12800.

Some other hardware features include 3.3″ screen, slide-down keyboard, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 700MB of internal memory, FM radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and Naivadget’s favorite GPS.

The bad news is it’s not an Android phone [FCC]

Sony Ericsson A8i G3

We came across a new Sony Ericsson phone while browsing through FCC docs (Saturday fun!) called Sony Ericsson A8i G3. We’re thinking this is just another name for an Xperia we’ve seen before but it’s always nice to see new phones coming over to the U.S.

Anyways, this phone is capable of GPS navigation; providing you with turn by turn voice directions with a pre-installed software, 3D maps, all done OTA.

We’re not sure which service provider would have the A8i first available in the U.S. but it probably won’t be China Mobile.

Sony XNV-770BT and XNV-660T

Sony just made two in-dash GPS navigation systems official. These are the Sony XNV-770BT and XNV-660T. These are both noteworthy because the navigation engine in both these units come from TomTom which is one of the expert names in the industry - oh, and this is Sony’s first attempt at in-dash GPS navigation + A/V system. So if you’ve been holding out for a Sony system in your car with reliable GPS navigation system this could be for you.

Let’s look in more detail to XNV-770BT and XNV-660T. First common features and specs… Both units have a widescreen display and come pre-loaded with TomTom’s extensive map database of both U.S. and Canada roads, with one free year of map upgrades. You can find all the latest TomTom features in each unit too. IQ Routes, Advanced Lane Guidance, Quick GPSfix, MapShare, etc. They’ve got the rear USB-1 hookup for connecting iPod’s and other media players, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Now the differences: XNV-770BT has a 7″ fully capacitive touch motorized panel display whereas XNV-660T comes with a 6.1-inch capacitive touch with several hard keys. That’s really it. Oh and the price too. The one with smaller screen will cost you $1000, for the motorized 7″ display add another $300.

Sony Xplod navigation comes with TomTom software

The new SonyXplod AV Navigation Systems will be coming with TomTom navigation software which is fully connected, offering LIVE services such as HD Traffic to keep you out of traffic jams and Google business address searches.

Other TomTom features that are available on Sony Xplod (aka XNV-L77BT) are the IQ Routes and Map Share which make use of the actual speed data collected from millions of users to accurately calculate the travel time of any given route. It accounts for rush hours, traffic lights, and even shopping crowds when calculating your ETA.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Some pictures of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 just surfaced. No details have been revealed so far but we know this is going to be an Android handset to fill the gap between Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10.

Rumors suggest Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 will be running Android 1.6 at the time of release…

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro makes it through FCC

Another new Sony Ericsson product that is bound to the U.S. shores is the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro. Vivaz Pro was announced back in February at MWC 2010 but we had no clues on when it would be released here in the U.S.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro has a slide out full qwerty keyboard, a light sensor on the front side, USB port for syncing and charging, an awkwardly placed 3.5 mm headset connector, a digital camera with flash, tally light on the back face, 3G support with HSDPA, and of course integrated A-GPS. The antenna is located on the upper right corner of the device so make sure you don’t cover when GPS signals are weak.

More specs of the Vivaz Pro include 5.1MP camera, digital zoom, touch focus, smile detection, and even image stabilizer, bluetooth connectivity, WiFi, Google Maps, 70MB phone memory, and microSD card support up to 32GB

One more FCC abuse shot after the break…

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Sony Ericsson Aspen coming out in U.S. very soon

This is called the Sony Ericsson Aspen and we had talked about back in February when it was first announced. We now that the Aspen has finally made it through FCC meaning that it will be out in the U.S. very very soon.

Some of the features of the Sony Ericsson Aspen include the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system, full QWERYT keyboard, 3.5 standard audio jack, 3.2MP camera, QVGA TFT screen that measures 2.4″, microSD card slot for memory expansion, and a lot more including A-GPS support which paired with the on-board Google Maps application can turn this Aspen into GPS navigation system.