Pentax launches O-GPS1 geotagging module

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Published Jun 3, 2011
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dpreview staff

Pentax has launched an add-on GPS module for its recent DSLRs that allows simple geotagging of images. The O-GPS1 unit attaches to the camera’s hotshoe, allowing the camera to add latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC capture time and direction as image metadata. This data can be used to place images in mapping software such as Google Earth or as a means of file organization and retrieval. K-5 and K-r users also gain access to the ‘Astrotracer’ feature that predicts the movement of celestial objects and uses the sensor shift mechanism to track this movement to give astrophotographs with single points, rather than star-trails. The O-GPS1 unit will be available from mid June at a recommended price of $249.95/£229.99.

Press Release:

PENTAX is today pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX O-GPS1. Designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras, this versatile GPS unit not only provides basic location data, but also offers an array of original features that allow users to effortless track and record details of their favourite photographic locations.

By simply mounting the O-GPS1 onto the hotshoe of a PENTAX digital SLR camera,* users can record the latitude, longitude, altitude, universal time coordinated (UTC) and aspect of the location they are shooting directly onto each image they capture. Image files carrying GPS location data, can then be used to track shooting locations and review location data on a PC. GPS location data stored on such files also makes it much easier to sort and file recorded images.

By coupling GPS data with the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system, the unit offers a range of unique, advanced applications, including ASTROTRACER, Simple Navigation and an Electronic Compass.

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