Camera GPS and Vacation pictures

Vacations are here and I felt I needed to talk about a feature that I find very important in a camera: the GPS. Have you ever looked at a vacation picture and wondered “where the heck did I take that?”. Geotagging is the answer. The latitude and longitude coordinates are stored with the picture and you can later use a program like Lightroom to see where the shot was taken on a map. Cell phone cameras usually attach GPS coordinates to pictures but this is a relatively new feature for most DSLR or Point-and-shoot cameras.

Some may say that the GPS consumes too much battery power or that it takes time to get a satellite fix, but I don’t care. I love it.

I have a Sony DSC-HX30V that really does the job for me. I’ll write a little review about it in a later blog entry. It has built-in GPS geotagging. I charge that little point and shoot every night when I’m on vacation and have never run out of battery power. Besides, all I need is a spare battery, and that doesn’t take up much space. Just about every shot I take is geotagged which allows me to locate where I took a shot on a map. I looked at the Sony RX100 and RX100MkII before choosing the HX30V. Neither of these fantastic cameras has a GPS. What was Sony thinking? #FAIL. I was really tempted by these cameras but the lack of GPS was a deal breaker. I could have used my iPhone to track my movements and geotagged manually but I already do that with my Alpha 700 and I feel lazy when it comes to vacation pictures. I want it done for me. (By the way, I’ll make another blog entry later showing how to geotag all your pictures using an iPhone and some free software).

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As far as I’m concerned, any future camera for me has to have a GPS. How about your next camera?

Happy (geotagged) shooting!

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