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Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit

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Product Highlights
  • Geotag Your Images
  • Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Time Info
  • Download ViewNX 1.2 Software for Free
  • Works with my Picturetown
  • Cables, Camera Strap Clip Included

The Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit enables you to geotag images captured with your camera, so you can record latitude, longitude, altitude and time information. The correlation between pictures and maps is supported by a combination of GPS functionality, ViewNX version 1.2 software available via a free download, and the my Picturetown online photo storage and sharing service. Two accessory cables and a camera strap clip are included with the GPS unit. The GP-1A is compatible with select cameras, which are listed below.

Geotagging
Geotag your images with latitude, longitude, altitude and time information, so when you look back, you will have a record of when and where each photo was captured. As its reference coordinate system, the GPS unit utilizes the WGS84 version of the World Geodetic System, which is the standard for navigation
ViewNX Software and my Picturetown Online
GPS functionality works together with ViewNX version 1.2 software--available via a free download--and the my Picturetown online photo storage and sharing service, in order to enable correlation between pictures and maps
Included Accessories
The GPS unit comes with the 10-pin GP1-CA10A accessory cable and the GP1-CA90 accessory cable for connection to your camera. Also included is the GP1-CL1 Camera Strap Clip, which enables you to attach the unit to your camera strap
Compatibility
D200, D2X, D2Xs, D300, D300S, D3100, D3200, D3S, D3X, D4, D5000, D5100, D5200, D600, D610, D700, D7000, D7100, D800, D90 and COOLPIX P7800 cameras

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NikonGP-1A GPS Unit
 
3.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Compact (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It work's great

    I use this GPS unit to record the location at which my photographs are made. Yes, it's a little hard on battery power, but it's simple to care extra batteries. When first turned...Read complete review

    I use this GPS unit to record the location at which my photographs are made. Yes, it's a little hard on battery power, but it's simple to care extra batteries. When first turned on, it takes away to locate the GPS signals, especially, it one is in a narrow passage. The signals from GPS satellites seem to be sufficient most of the time. I also noted that if I turned off the camera and a couple of minutes later, the unit green (go light) immediately illuminated and ready to go. I down load the information into Lightroom with the meta file, which can then be used in the build-in, LR map to show where the images were made - neat.

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    A Disappointing Product

    I just finished a 15 day "field test" of the GP-1A GPS on my D-600.I was very disappointed in the performance I received from the GP-1A unit.To...Read complete review

    I just finished a 15 day "field test" of the GP-1A GPS on my D-600.I was very disappointed in the performance I received from the GP-1A unit.To minimize some of the damage potential mentioned in another review I mounted the unit on the camera strap, then coiled and "twist-tied" the excess GP1-CA90 connecting cable. This worked okay but the GP-1A unit would bump up against my forehead while shooting. Eventually I became accustomed to this annoyance.To enhance battery life while hiking I did not leave the camera full time in the "On" position. However I did always turn the camera on several minutes in advance of shooting. Frequently, even after five minutes or more, the GPS unit never acquired the necessary satellite signals and continued to Blink Red. Occasionally it would show Solid Green for a few seconds and then revert to Blinking Red. While hiking it was almost impossible to get Solid Green.After 15 days and 1,648 photos taken on the D600 with the GP-1A GPS attached my results were 966 images (~60%) geotagged (as shown by Places in Aperture 3). All but seven of the photos geotagged appeared to be in the correct location. The locations referenced in the seven errors were all off by more than 100 miles each. So how does the Nikon unit stack up to others? I also had along a recent model unnamed "point and shoot" camera with an internal GPS. As with my Nikon D600 I did not leave the camera in the "On" position – but turned it on prior to use. Of the 935 photos taken with this camera 837 (~90%) were properly geo tagged.In addition my wife and I both had our smart phones with us. My wife took 498 photos of which 493 (~99%) were properly geotagged, and I took 49 photos of which all 49 (100%) were properly geotagged. The phones were left on between shoots.I have been an avid and loyal Nikon user since 1971. I like others enjoy geotagging photos. In my opinion the GP-1A GPS is not ready for sale. But for a loyal Nikon customer that wants to geotag.

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    4.0

    It work's great

    By Traveling photographer

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

      I use this GPS unit to record the location at which my photographs are made. Yes, it's a little hard on battery power, but it's simple to care extra batteries. When first turned on, it takes away to locate the GPS signals, especially, it one is in a narrow passage. The signals from GPS satellites seem to be sufficient most of the time. I also noted that if I turned off the camera and a couple of minutes later, the unit green (go light) immediately illuminated and ready to go. I down load the information into Lightroom with the meta file, which can then be used in the build-in, LR map to show where the images were made - neat.

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      • No

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      5.0

      It's so easy. Just plug & play.

      By Sako

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

        Attached to Nikon D4S and since it only had one 10-pin connection, attached shorter release to GPS unit. They worked perfectly together. Photos taken with this GPS unit showed up in Lightroom Map Section. Can't wait to use this for my next trip to Macvhu Pichu/Galapagos.

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        • No

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        1.0

        Don't waste your time and money

        By MLPilot

        from Worldwide

        Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

        Firstly I was impressed with the size of the unit - how small it is. And this was my only positive impression about it. Now the cons: it's expensive to buy, takes a long time to acquire satellites, quickly eats up your battery, loses signal easily, doesn't work inside of the car or airplane for aerial photography. Must have a very clear view of the sky, such as outside of the city. I would not recommend this GPS unit. Try something aftermarket.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Battery HOG

        By Pappa

        from Mid West

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

        When working it appears to give accurate info, but in approx 40% of my shots it recorded no info,perhaps I did not have D800 turned on long enough. My understanding is that even with camera off it uses some power,and after 1/2 a day shooting it had drained the MB-D12 battery to zero and the camera to 32%. Both batteries are new and were freshly charged. When useing this make sure you have lots of spare freshly charge back up power.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not so great for its price...

        By JC

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

              Accuracy location added to photos.
              Takes some time to get signal, in some places it doesn't get any signal.
              Didnt worked with my D7100 camera, asked for a replacement of the same unit and it did work.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Works with D7100

              By conradmb

              from San Diego

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape photos
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

                  I've been using it with my D7100 for a few weeks and have had no issues. Works as designed.

                  My only gripe is the price. I also have a Nikon P330 which has built-in GPS. And that cost only a little bit more.

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                  • No

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                  (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Can't find satellites

                  By absaroka

                  from St Louis, MO

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

                        This really doesn't work well at all. It is only on rare occasions that it finds the satellites for a GPS fix.It is a disappointment that Nikon would put it's name on such a poorly engineered product.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great add on

                        By larry

                        from virginia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

                          simple to use gps .....joggs memory to where you have been

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          A Disappointing Product

                          By Cincinnati_Guy

                          from Cincinnati, Ohio

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

                                I just finished a 15 day "field test" of the GP-1A GPS on my D-600.I was very disappointed in the performance I received from the GP-1A unit.To minimize some of the damage potential mentioned in another review I mounted the unit on the camera strap, then coiled and "twist-tied" the excess GP1-CA90 connecting cable. This worked okay but the GP-1A unit would bump up against my forehead while shooting. Eventually I became accustomed to this annoyance.To enhance battery life while hiking I did not leave the camera full time in the "On" position. However I did always turn the camera on several minutes in advance of shooting. Frequently, even after five minutes or more, the GPS unit never acquired the necessary satellite signals and continued to Blink Red. Occasionally it would show Solid Green for a few seconds and then revert to Blinking Red. While hiking it was almost impossible to get Solid Green.After 15 days and 1,648 photos taken on the D600 with the GP-1A GPS attached my results were 966 images (~60%) geotagged (as shown by Places in Aperture 3). All but seven of the photos geotagged appeared to be in the correct location. The locations referenced in the seven errors were all off by more than 100 miles each. So how does the Nikon unit stack up to others? I also had along a recent model unnamed "point and shoot" camera with an internal GPS. As with my Nikon D600 I did not leave the camera in the "On" position – but turned it on prior to use. Of the 935 photos taken with this camera 837 (~90%) were properly geo tagged.In addition my wife and I both had our smart phones with us. My wife took 498 photos of which 493 (~99%) were properly geotagged, and I took 49 photos of which all 49 (100%) were properly geotagged. The phones were left on between shoots.I have been an avid and loyal Nikon user since 1971. I like others enjoy geotagging photos. In my opinion the GP-1A GPS is not ready for sale. But for a loyal Nikon customer that wants to geotag.

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                                • No

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                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Works

                                By D

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

                                    It works as advertised, but it seems slower to get a GPS signal and doesn't include additional features like heading compared with aftermarket units. Also, the cord sticks straight out, not angled, so be careful!

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    GPS -1A with D5200

                                    By Dave

                                    from Deland Fl. and Haliburton ON Canada

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit:

                                    Simple installation
                                    Ease of use
                                    Accurate map locations.

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                                    • No

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