Cheapest way to geotag/GPS

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by secretpact, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. secretpact macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    I am planning on buying a Canon T1i, and I'm looking for the cheapest way to incorporate geotagging into my picture taking during my vacation this summer (and for the rest of the future). What is the cheapest GPS/geotagging solution?
  2. blownco macrumors regular


    May 24, 2008
  3. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    Cheapest? Get a paper and pencil :p
  4. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    The cheapest way would be to just do it in iPhoto when you're back!
  5. Padaung macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2007
  6. Krikke68 macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2009
    If you have an iPhone, go for GeoLogTag. It's a complete geotagging solution for Mac users and it only costs $5. Really cool stuff!
  7. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    instead of buying an app. you can just take a picture with an iphone in the same place you took a picture with your camera. The iphone stores gps data
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Looks pretty cool, especially if it works properly. The problem that I would have with it is the inability to use the pop-up flash or even an speedlite. It would be cool if it could use some sort of slim hot-shoe attachment that didn't block the pop-up flash and allowed for a speed lite to be attached as well.

    Still, not a bad option since it would only need to log the location when you take a shot. That way, you don't end up with loads of GPS data from a day (or weeks) of shooting.
  9. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    I see there are a couple other apps that do this too. Anybody have any experience with more than one? Which one is the better app?
  10. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    According to the FAQ, each photo file has to be copied over WiFi to the iPhone and sent back (with updated metadata) back to the computer. The the whole process takes on the order of 2.5 sec per MB of photos.

    So a 16GB card will take ~10 hours to do! Better leave the iPhone plugged in.

    Sounds like what is needed is an Mac/Windows app that takes the log file created by an iPhone app and updates the metadata directly on the computer. I'd be willing to pay $50 bucks for a "tag team" like this. I bet the time could be cut down by at least an order of magnitude.
  11. chocolaterabbit macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2008
  12. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    If you have any sort of GPS unit that allows you to download track data, you can combine the pictures with the tracks when you get home. You have an extra gadget to carry around and it's not terribly accurate, but if you have the GPS already it's free. I have had success with GPSPhotoLinker in the past.
  13. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    Followup to my post #10 in this thread...

    I researched all the GPS tagging apps in App Store and decided to get PlaceTagger. At $9.99 it's the most expensive of the bunch, but so far I love it. The concept is just as I envisioned the ideal GPS tagging workflow to be - an iPhone/desktop app combo, which is far superior (at least in terms of speed) to GeoLogTag suggested by Krikke68 (post #6). You load the photos in the desktop app, fire up the iPhone app, click "Write Photo Tags" in the desktop app and presto -- the photos get their GPS coordinates embedded in the metadata! No need to copy (over WiFi) files to the iPhone and then back to the computer (a la GeoLogTag). All you have to do is enable automatic place lookup in iPhoto preferences and every one of your photos gets a place tag in iPhoto automatically (duh!).

    I highly recommend PlaceTagger for anyone looking for an inexpensive way to geotag their photos (iPhone+Mac required).
  14. secretpact thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    Unfortunately, I don't have an iPhone. I wish I did though :(.
  15. Stormbringer macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    Do I understand it right that those iPhone apps track your location continuously, and then on the computer they synchronize the time of the taken pictures and this whole location data?

    And are there any more options besides buying an iPhone? That Jobo device is pretty expensive, seems not to sit very well in the hotshoe, and there's no Mac compatibility (yet)...
  16. secretpact thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    You need to launch the App for it to track your location. The iPhone doesn't run 3rd party apps in the background. So if you get a call, you will need to relaunch the app.
  17. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    taking a picture with the iphone is free... getting an app to do it is annoying.
  18. Stormbringer macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    Ah ok, thanks! :)

    So letting an app to do practically everything for you is more annoying than taking two pictures (one with your good (SLR) camera and one with the iPhone) every time over and over again, and then edit the metadata one by one manually?
  19. SayWhat?! macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2008
    Photo Geo Tagging Options

    I am considering the same thing. I have looked at the following:

    Let me know what you think.
  20. mberke macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2009
  21. emorydunn macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2006
    Austin Texas
    I have one of these and it works like a charm! They're pretty durable (I've dropped mine a few times) and it very easy to use.
  22. Galarina macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2009
    This argument is no longer valid with the release of GeoLogTag 3.0. Geotagging performance is ~10 times faster for JPEG photos. It slightly depends on the type of digital camera you use, but GeoLogTag geotags about 80 photos per minute.
    RAW photos are geotagged even faster: 100 - 150 photos/minute.
  23. Sindiya macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2010

    Easytagger GPS just $108,(, cheap and good quality. While now, Bluetooth GPS is getting popular, Easytagger released a new Bluetooth GPS that can be used on Nikon D3X, D3, D3s, D700, D300S, D300, D2Xs, D2X, D2Hs, D200, D7000, D90, D5000, D3100 and Fujifilm S5 Pro. You may consider it. :)
  24. whitshasha macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    Seems Easytag can not work on Canon. Only work directly on Nikons.

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