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GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900

B&H # GIPTM MFR # C7-02DPL900
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with All Digital Cameras
  • Skytraq GPS Chipset
  • Records Data Anywhere in the World
  • Capable of Writing GPS Info to Photos
  • USB Port for Computers and Card Readers
  • Compatible with PC & Mac

The GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 is a photo tracking solution that integrates your digital photos with location information for online digital mapping and photo sharing. It also provides trip recording and playback functions. The Skytraq GPS Chipset allows you to precisely record and review your trip anywhere in the world.

All you have to do is synchronize your camera time using PhotoTrackr software then make sure the PhotoTrackr is with you and turned on while you are taking photos. After downloading your photos, just plug the PhotoTrackr into your computer's USB port. If you are a sports enthusiast, you can also get the SportTracks upgrade to track your exercise progress with PhotoTrackr.

Compatible with all digital cameras
Compatible with PCs and Macs
Share your photos with family and friends with location mapping in PhotoTrackr software. (With integrated Google Maps.)
Google Earth support (PhotoTrackr program is able to export GPS log files and pictures to Google Earth format)
Keep track of your digital photos with satellite precision
Display or playback trip routes with the PhotoTrackr software
Lightweight & low power consumption
Automated photo slideshow function
Integrated with Flickr, locr, Picasa Web Album, and SmugMug for easy online photo sharing
Geo-tagged function enables image-sharing in 3rd party Geo-photo sharing websites
Capable of writing GPS info to the pictures and exporting NMEA and GPX info from the GPS log files
Can support RAW with separate optional upgrade directly from GiSTEQ
Multi-language support (PhotoTrackr software now supports Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish)
Memory 2MB flash memory for data logging, with 16 bytes binary data per record
Screen Size N/A
Chipset Skytraq
Connection Time Cold start: 29 sec
Warm start: 10 sec
Hot start: 01 sec
Channels 65
Presets None
Waterproofing N/A
Output Connector USB
Memory Card Slot N/A
Power Source Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery
Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.05 x 1.10 x 0.70" (77.47 x 27.94 x 17.78mm)
Weight 0.53 oz (15g)
GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900
  • Lanyard
  • PhotoTrackr Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    GiSTEQPhotoTrackr Mini DPL900
     
    3.2

    (based on 74 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (18)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (48)
    • Durable (27)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Reliable (16)
    • Compact (12)

    Cons

    • Not functional (13)
    • Difficult to use (8)
    • Poor design (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (47)
    • Landscape photography (24)
    • Everyday (15)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Wildlife photos (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47), Yes (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (39), Professional (9), Semi-professional (9), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great with Updated Software

    It still amazes me how slopplyness can give a product a bad name. I purchased this product even after reading the negative reviews on this site. The problem with this unit is that the...Read complete review

    It still amazes me how slopplyness can give a product a bad name. I purchased this product even after reading the negative reviews on this site. The problem with this unit is that the software provided with this unit is old and does not work. If you load the update after the installation the software works and so does the unit. Supplying dodgy software and then fixing it out in the field is normal today. (Microsoft have done it for years.)

    I wonder why the supplier or reseller can't put a generic sticker on the product that says "INSTALL UPDATE AFTER INSTALLATION ". Or " DOWNLOAD LATEST INSTALL FROM SUPPLIERS WEB SITE BEFORE INSTALLATION " Most of us can normally find our way on the internet. This would save a lot of frustration and allow for happy users and the supplier and seller who would sell more units. The manufacture should spend a bit more time money and effort on getting a dumb user to vet the install process before dumping it in a box.

    This product works after the update. The documentation should also give installation pre requirements like . "Have a google account and know what your password is". I do like the option to store the trip data and then use it after PP or raw conversion. I used this unit over the weekend and it works a treat. I would recommend this to a friend on condition he/her update the software during or after the installation and if they did they would have a very nice unit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK for the price

    The Mini does a good job of tracking and logging your location. I typically get 12 hours of use from the built-in battery, and I like the size and lightness of the unit....Read complete review

    The Mini does a good job of tracking and logging your location. I typically get 12 hours of use from the built-in battery, and I like the size and lightness of the unit.

    As for the hardware itself, the unit is likable enough, except for the cap which can be easily lost, and the battery life is not nearly as good as GiSTEQ could have produced as with their other products. I tether the cap with a small cord and don't understand why GiSTEQ didn't do the same.

    So the bad part is the crazy software. The interface is disjointed and illogical. I wish they would rewrite the software to be simply geotagging with RAW support built-in. You must first create an album folder, this album copies all the images into it and creates thumbnails, etc. I use other workflow software so I throw away these extra files.

    Also, my relatively new macbook hung almost every time during geotagging, so now I simply export the track files to GPX and use the free GPSPhotoLinker to geotag both my JPG and RAW files.

    Exporting the GPX requires installing and using their software and requires a number of steps to export. At least I don't duplicate image files like the GiSTEQ software. The software exports waypoints and tracks separate from each other which I think is very strange.

    So for the price, I get good GPX tracking for 12 hours. Not bad, but it could have been a lot better. I'm considering returning my unit.

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    5.0

    DPL900 en fotos RAW

    By Rodrigo

    from Ciudad d3 Panama

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

      Excellent work with raw files, it works fine on a Canon 5D Mark II camera.

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      2.0

      "Backdoor.bot" purveyor? Looks likely...

      By carioca

      from Charlotte Bay, Australia

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

            I bought the Phototracker in July 2012 and have used it occasionally. It works o.k. and lets me integrate its data into Google Earth maps.BUT: I warn users to run a thorough malware check on their PC after installation of the Gisteq software!A few days ago Malwarebytes Pro warned me of 5 (FIVE) instances of a 'backdoor.bot' on my system.I deleted them through MB, but subsequent scans produced new instances, up to threee yesterday alone!Eventually I found four instances dating back to July/August last year of \Phototracker\activation.exe in the Gisteq directory that could NOT be deleted within Malwarebytes.I therefore deleted the entire Gisteq directory - and will not be using the product again pending advice from Malwarebytes.Use at your own risk. No, I would not recommend this product to anyone.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great once you master the software

            By PhotoSpringer

            from Australia

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Affordable Gps Tagging
            • Lightweight
            • Well Designed Unit

            Cons

            • Initial Setup Difficult
            • Software Takes Mastering

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

            This handy little GPS tracker is a very affordable unit and provides a way to keep logs of your journeys and photo shoots and then transfer the location data to your photos. The software and installation processes aren't super user friendly so you need to be reasonably computer confident to master the initial set up and process of downloading the unit's data and transferring it to your photos. 0nce you understand how it operates, though, it's all pretty simple after all. To make sure you have the most up to date software and usb driver, you might want to download the latest versions from the GiSTEQ website rather than use the mini installation disk that comes with the unit. There is also much better documentation available than the small leaflet that ships with the product. You can either download it from the GiSTEQ website or aaccess it after you've installed the software by going to the 'help' tab on the software dashboard. To download the full user guide before you install the software use the support and downloads links for this product on the GisTEQ website. There's also a link to a good support forum that can assist with lots of questions you might have. Again, this is accessible from within the software dashboard after installation or via the manufacturer's website. I'd recommend keeping a separate backup copy of your original photos before adding the tagging data, just to be sure you don't inadvertently corrupt any of your precious files through the tagging process, especially when you're learning how to master the process. Yes, more storage space, I know, but better to be sure you won't lose a favorite shot. I'd also recommend you consider deleting the sample trip information after you've set yourself up as a user and entered your own trip management information. I just found it confusing. Now I've used it a few times, I'm really happy with this little unit. At the price, even with the upgrade needed for RAW photo processing which was an unexpected extra cost it's great, despite it's drawbacks.

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            4.0

            Good product;very poor instructions and

            By Sylvain

            from Repentigny, QC, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good product
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Very Poor Instruction

            Best Uses

            • Traveling

            Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

            Overall I'm giving 4 stars for this product but it's not because of the documentation that comes with the product. Once installed and configured it's working great. Just what I needed to geotag my photos. For those who would think of buying one download the most recent software and driver (I have a PC running Windows 7), forget about the CD that is shipped in the box. I'm using it with Lightroom so the software is only needed to download the trip data and export to a GPX file that I can import in LR.
            For the price, it's really a good device

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            1.0

            Mac Useres - Don't Buy This

            By Dave

            from Waukesha, WI

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Functional

              Best Uses

                Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                Doesn't work on MAC. I purchased this and the extra Pro MAC Software [$] for raw photos and could not get it to run on my MAC (I think its OK on windows). I contacted the company 3 times by email and 3 times by telephone requesting tech support over a period of 3 weeks. Two times I was told that I would receive a return telephone call, which never came. I, very reluctantly, write this because I like to support American companies but the product must work and they must value their customers.I am still hoping that they will come through and I will be able to process my egypt vacation. So far, this was a waste of money. David

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                4.0

                Cheap Geo Tagger

                By Jojo the nice guy

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Traveling

                Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                A cheap Geo Tagger. Not very simple to work out the documentation. Once software is updated it works reasonably well. It works but don't expect it to do miracles for its price.

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                1.0

                Horrible instructions

                By Tom

                from Rockville, MD

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                      Have not been able to set up on computer.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Horrible documentation but works nicely

                      By Santafejdc

                      from Santa Fe, NM

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                          I have tested this unit for only a couple of days thus far. The instructions and other documentation with the unit is, to put it mildly, pathetic - 6 monkeys with typewriters could have done better. But it does work quite well once you get it going.

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                          1.0

                          Doesn't play well with Mac

                          By Canon Burt

                          from Amelia Island, FL

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Not Functional

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                              Try as I might, the DPL900 would not sync with my Macbook Pro. It could be that the latest operating system Mountain Lion is the problem. Be that as it may, I have little patience for equipment that does not perform as advertised. I returned it to B&H for a full refund. Why do business with anyone else. Thanks B&H.

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                              5.0

                              A Real Problem Solver

                              By FleetAngel

                              from Mandeville, LA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Time Sync wCamera

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                              If your camera does not have geo-tagging built into it, this product provides an alternative solution. I like others was surprised at the lack of documentation provided with the product, even had difficulty reading the address for the GiSTEQ website in the literature provided. However, once there I found the site provides extensive documentaion and makes it easy to download and install the most current version of the software. For an additional [$] RAW capabilites can be added to the sync software. I have two other geo-tagging applications that can read the geo-tagging data file, but find the updated GiSTEQ software to be more than accurate.One other thought, time sync between the PhotoTrackr and your camera is essential. At the equator, your plot is off by 17 miles for ever minute you are out of sync. At mid-latitudes that is still probably as 10 mile sync problem. So calibrate it precisely to the second for the best results.

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                              1.0

                              Conflicts with my Internet Security

                              By Fog City

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me Getting Started

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                GiSTEQ DPL900 requires an old version (version 2.0.50727) of Microsoft Net Framework on the Windows platform. My Internet Security Software provided by Comcast Cable requires the most recent version (version 4.) and won't work with old versions.

                                I'll either have to buy new Internet Security software or a different photo tagger.

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                                • No

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                                1.0

                                ConCur with Negative

                                By Rick

                                from Florida

                                About Me Professional

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Not Functional

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                    When trying initial installation I found all the smae issues noted by previous reviewers. While updating software apparently works for JPG shooters universal remarks indicate that Caonon Raw is not supported? I will be returning this unit.

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                                    3.0

                                    Cheap and handy, it has some issues too

                                    By irl-g-rad

                                    from Cork, Ireland

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor altitude reading

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                    I use this hardware for few years - battery still works well, there is no new firmware (at least nowhere to be found) and original software is... (newest version) barely acceptable - I use it only for downloading routes to the computer. 30% of downloads end up with an error: data is transferred to the computer, but is not erased from the device (I have to repeat the procedure and then erase duplicate routes from my computer!). For geotagging pictures (JPG,RAW,DNG) I can recommend GeoSetter (freeware) - real beauty!
                                    As for functionality - it has rarely problem with a cold start - freezes, so it must be restarted to try start properly again, I've bought an USB cable to be able to use it for many hours connected to the electricity source (battery empties after some 10 hours) and in view of satellites (close to the windscreen). Also it can work as an GPS antenna for a computer map. In some places (often in cities, but also in parks) records are wildly inaccurate - it's a mystery. I don't even check altitude - it's always random.
                                    Anyway I'm quite content with GiSTEQ: I use it weekly.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good regarding best price

                                    By Sertan

                                    from Turkey

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                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                          You have to organize your photos first by it s own program. It's good regarding its price

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                                          1.0

                                          Great Idea, but Not Functional

                                          By Chris A

                                          from Brooklyn, New York

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Small

                                          Cons

                                          • Not Functional

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use

                                          Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                          I'm using Mac OS Lion. It says it supports Mac but the product didn't work. Even though the LED lights turned on it did nothing, I've tried every option giving to me, and it didn't do a thing. I went to the name brands company to get the most recent drivers and firmware but neither helped. It's light weight, about the size of 2 thumb drives. The software wasn't very attractive, look like it was made over night.

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                                          2.0

                                          Not good for altitude and infected files

                                          By Gilgamesh

                                          from Gatineau, Canada

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                                I have bought 3 of those devices (I lost one and gave one as a gift). The idea is great, the software a bit tedious to set up, but once it's installed, it was great... At least for assigning GPS data to pictures. The device is not precise enough to use as a GPS unit for tracking bike rides or for running. Also, altitude is completely off, and speed measured is not reliable. I have asked about these issues on Gisteq forums, still no answer after 10+ months.

                                                I do not use the device anymore because every time I start the software to upload the data from the device, I end up getting a backdoor bot in my Gisteq folder on my next malware scan... not sure if the software is the cause of the infection, but the last four times I used the software, my Gisteq folder was infected.

                                                Beware!

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                                                3.0

                                                Great device, software not so good

                                                By Anderson

                                                from Porto Alegre, Brazil

                                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Reliable

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Landscape Photography
                                                  • Traveling

                                                  Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                                  When traveling, I turn the device on in the morning and store it in my backpack. I take pictures the whole day with two cameras and by the evening the battery is dead.
                                                  It allows me to geotag my photos later on in my computer and to display the complete itinerary on a map. Software also allows to export GPS file. Unfortunately the software for Mac crashes most of the times and I have to restart downloading the data. The software is not really practical as it also requires to create an album file before geotagging. But the device itself works nicely.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Works great when you bring it with you

                                                  By Treym901

                                                  from Mississippi

                                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Close but not exact

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Location Photography

                                                  Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                                  It is not the most accurate but I am not plotting maps either. I am glad I purchased it and it does work as described. Neat integration with google earth.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Lightweight, compact, and accurate

                                                  By JimMagellan

                                                  from Southern California

                                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                                      I tested it in my backyard and it mapped the location to my house. It is very lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up a lot of valuable space in my camera bag. My only negative comment is regarding the user manual, which could be more detailed. Also, I had to get a Google Maps API key from GISTEQ, as the Google web site wouldn't work. Overall a great addition to my photographic gear.

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                                                      1.0

                                                      nonexistent customer service

                                                      By garyrn

                                                      from riverhead, ny

                                                      About Me Casual user

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Lightweight

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Not Functional

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900:

                                                        this is the first product from b&h that i have ever written a negative review about, and it's not really the fault of b&h. the unit arrived and as soon as i plugged it into the usb it did not show as a drive, i tried all kinds of hookups, with cable, direct, using 3 different computers, 2 mac 1 pc. still no success. now here is where it gets ugly. i called gisteq, after 9 attempts spread over 5 days, someone finally returned my call, i got the distinct impression that customer service is some guy in california doing it from his apartment as a sideline. he had to talk to his boss about a replacement or repair, that took 4 more days and phone calls all from me to them. i was finally given an rma number and shipping instructions via email. along with an admission from them that some of the units are arriving from the supplier with faulty usb connections. so i shipped the product to them, payed for by me, that was 12/1/11, it's now 1/21/12 and i have nothing, no product, no reply to 4 phone calls, no reply to emails , all since 1/17/12. it's like they left earth for home. BOTOM LINE, DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, i feel all it does is stress what for me has been a long and happy experience with b&h, again, not blaming them, this is just a case where they have a bad supplier

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