Wednesday, February 10, 2010 4:51:57 PM
With a few months surveying under the belt, I've decided that all you need is a way to geotag photos and make a detailed log of where you've been.
Now, I have a rather expensive Ricoh 500SE with a GPS accessory (effectively, the GPS is built-in). However, I also have a dirt-cheap Nikon L19. I was wondering how easy (and cheap) it would be to get the Nikon up to geotagging and logging level.
- Single device.
- AA batteries (one or more).
- Screen to show time (to sync camera).
- Able to log at short intervals (5sec minimum, 1sec ideal).
- Able to log an entire day (8hrs).
- Log to internal memory.
- Export log as GPX via card reader.
- Geotag photos via card reader (no PC).
- "Driverless" USB mass storage access to logs.
So, does anything like that exist? Yes! Two of them, actually:
Sadly, neither one ticks all the wishlist items. Photo Finder runs on AAAs, not AAs. It exports in KML not GPX, although I can't work out if that's writing to the memory or not. The Sony cannot log fast enough (15sec is too slow), and it produces a text NMEA log, not GPX, and can't write it to the memory card.
On balance, the Photo Finder seems the better, but I'm going to try building one of my own.