With digital photographing coming more and more popular hobby all the time, people often also find themselves asking "how on earth am I going to keep all these files organized and just HOW am I going to find the holiday shot I'm looking for?". There are a number of methods to keeping your photos organized, but one thing that helps, especially with travelling and holiday photos is to have them placed on a map. There are services available where you can manually place your photos on a map, but it can also be done automatically with some help from a GPS-system. Such system automatically adds the coordinates of the location to the images' EXIF-data and from there a program such as Google Earth can use the data. This all may sound a bit confusing, but lets see how it works in practice.
The ATP Phototagger comes in a small box with the main features printed on it. There's also a window through which one can see the actual GPS-module.
Tracking unit specifications:
- Chipset: SiRF Star III
- Channels: 20
- Sensitivity (Tracking): -155dBm.
- Reacquisition: 0.1sec typical
- Maximum altitude: 18000 m
- Maximum velocity: 514 m/s
- Update rate: Continuous operation: 1Hz
- Operating Temperature: -20 to +60 degrees C (-4 to +140 degrees F)
- Operating Time: More than 16 Hours
- Connectivity Card: MMC Micro 128MB
- USB Connector: Mini USB to external power charger/ Link to PC
- Memory card : Optional 128MB MMC Micro memory card
- Battery: Li-polymer rechargeable battery 780mA Max.
- External Power Adapter: 100-240 VAC 5V@ 1.2A
- Dimension: 35.0 mm x 24.0 mm x 60.0 mm
- Weight: 30g
From the specs one can see that the unit is rather a small one.Other specs worth noticing are the operation time of over 16 hours, operationing temperature that goes down to -20 degrees celcius (important atleast here at the arctic circle). Unfortunately the manual also states that the logger only works on .JPG photos so people who like to shoot RAW may want to look somewhere else. There's a way around this issue however, shoot both jpg and raw simultaneously. This way you can have the lower quality JPG with the location info and on your Google Earth, but with the same file name you can also easily find the proper raw-file when you feel the need to.
Multi-Function Dock Specifications:
- Display: 128x32 Dot Matrix FSTN with backlight
- UI Language: English (Default )
- Japanese ( Optional )
- Traditional Chinese ( Optional )
- Simplified Chinese ( Optional )
- Connectivity Card: Complies with Compact Flash Specification Revision 4.0
- Complies with SD 2.0 SDHC
- Complies with MMC 4.2
- Complies with Memory Stick PRO/Duo
- USB Interface to PC: USB to Type A male connector cable
- Power Jack: Mini USB
- External Power: 100-240 VAC 5V@1.2A
- Dimension: 83.6 mm x 93.0 mm x 51.0 mm
- Weight: 135g
The docking station speaks english and complies with just about all memory card types that matter.
Inside the box one can find the GPS module itself, a docking station, manual, a coupon that gives a free month to Locr PRO service, a charger with mini-USB cable and a CD that has the pdf-manuals in a couple of languages. There's no actual drivers or programs supplied with the photofinder as it's all about adding the data to the images and then letting some other programs (such as Google Earth) make use of it.
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