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CanonGPS Receiver GP-E2
 
4.3

(based on 81 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (72)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Reliable (29)
  • Durable (23)
  • Well made (18)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (10)
  • Poor design (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (65)
  • Landscape photography (30)
  • Adventure (11)
  • Everyday (11)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (26), Semi-professional (18), Professional (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Power user (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Functional and pretty cool.

So after 128 days of waiting, I finally got one and am happy that it is here. The device is roughly the length and width of the LCD screen on the back of my...Read complete review

So after 128 days of waiting, I finally got one and am happy that it is here. The device is roughly the length and width of the LCD screen on the back of my 5DIII, and at it's thinnest point about half and inch and at its thickest point (where it connects to the hotshoe) it is roughly an inch. It comes with a solid case made of ballistic nylon for the unit itself, and another microfiber pouch is included that can hold the receiver itself along with the cables. Unfortunately, it did not come with a battery so I had to make a run to ABC for a pack of AAs.Use is super easy. After installing the battery, I just snapped it on to the hotshoe of my 5DIII and flicked the switch to on. I was cruising through the tall buildings of Waikiki Beach and it acquired a signal in a snap. The on screen soft menu for the receiver is in the 2nd page of the setup menu. It includes an auto update to the time function, sampling rate settings, and a digital compass setting. All very straight forward. All you do from there is verify the GPS icon is on the top LCD and shoot away.After I shot about 50 test shots I headed home and uploaded to Aperture 3. With no deviation to my normal routine I transferred all the shots from the camera and viola! Each shot had a GPS location embedded as meta data.I realize there are many way to accomplish this task, however, this gizmo made it super easy. If you've got the cash, pull the trigger, it's a cool and nice convenience if you want GPS data tagged on your images.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does what it's supposed to

Goodies:
Quick lock on signal,
Holds signal (even in an all aluminum boat in southeast Alaska)and
Records information seamlessly in the EXIF with my only role to remember...Read complete review

Goodies:
Quick lock on signal,
Holds signal (even in an all aluminum boat in southeast Alaska)and
Records information seamlessly in the EXIF with my only role to remember to turn it on.
Standard battery a real plus!

Gripes:
*Should be smaller! It is MUCH larger than the Nikon competition. Why?
*No gps indicator on LCD panel on my 7D. This seems like an oversight on the programmers part. Why?
*Straight cord precludes the use of my L bracket for quick verticals on the tripod. Why? My remote cord has a nice 90 degree turn that works with my L bracket, but not the gps. Why?

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4.0

Great for Trekking

By Klinie

from Texas

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

Can be used off the camera as well as on it. Never had so much information about my photos.

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5.0

Very good product

By Mr Old

from France

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

Very good product
Geotagging works perfectly as a simple iPhone
All new collected details appear in iPhoto
In addition the log Fonction allow you to follow your track on several days. Autonomy is good 1,5 LR6 in 5 days!
However map utility needed to follow the log files and review the trip didn't work on iMac
But on a PC it was ok!!!!
Enjoy!

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4.0

Just What I Needed

By augphoto

from Greenwood, SC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

    After a couple of years of manually adding GPS data this item is a Godsend. Install batteries, attach it, turn it on and forget about it. Really, it's that simple. My workload has now decreased significantly! I understand this is useless for those that don't care about GPS coordinates but if you do - it's priceless.

    I have not used the tracking feature yet and though I thought I would need or want this feature, I now find it unnecessary. The tagging of each photo is more than enough for me.

    As, far as the battery usage, I am on the originals after extensive use. This is on the most precise setting by the way.

    Some have complained about the size of the receiver, not me. The size and weight are no bother to me at all. When compared to Nikon's much smaller version I will choose this one any day because Nikon shrunk there's by eliminating the battery. No thanks. I will take a larger battery-design instead of eating valuable camera juice.

    Why not 5 stars - well I could mention price but I guess we've come to expect this from Canon. No, my only fault with the unit is that it mounts to the flash shoe. Sometimes we just need on on-camera flash or flash transmitter. With that said, it does come with cables so that it can be used without the shoe. Oh, I also don't like the contorting one must do with the camera in order to adjust it for recording direction. There is probably no other way, however.

    If you don't care about geo-tagging your images you shouldn't even be reading here. If you do like geo-tagging and own the right camera(s) do yourself a favor and get this unit.

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    5.0

    GPS GP-E2 for Canon 5D Mk3 etc.

    By psa

    from Mountain View,, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

    Very handy addition to DSLR, to write GPS into images exifdata. Easy to use, just place batteries and plug in to camera hotshoe (Canon 5d mk3).

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    • No

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    3.0

    Works as Advertised, Sort of

    By Barry

    from Edmonton, AB

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Location Data Eratic

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

    Mounted on 5D mk III and on T4i and works as intended. Controlled through the menu on the camera or via PC app.

    Location tracking is good when out in the open, but has issues when you get closer to buildings.

    Status will indicate that GPS is locked onto satellites, but stored location can be several blocks away on one sample and then a couple blocks off in another direction on the next.

    Direction info is magnetic north, not true north. It should be able to automatically compensate to show true north as other GPS devices all do.

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    • No

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    5.0

    GPS in China

    By Sandrewb

    from Calgary, AB Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

      I bought this specifically for my 70D and my trip to China and it worked flawlessly. I was on a river cruise on the Yangtze river and even got GPS positions on the Lesser three gorges with cliffs 300 ft high on either side. The unit was even cheaper to purchase through B&H than getting it locally here in Canada. Great unit doesn't have a single drawback.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good device, wish it was built in though

      By mbs

      from Michigan

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • A little pricey
      • Should Be Built In
      • Uses Hot Shoe

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

      Overall works as advertised, light, smallish and long battery life.

      I like the overall size but I wish the feature was built into the camera. Phone makers seem to be able to fit it in a much smaller device. An even smaller external device that didn't have to use the hot shoe would be better.

      Functions well if no obstruction overhead. There is a significant lag before the first GPS connection is made but once found, the subsequent attempts are shorter (less than a min). It does help to angle the device toward the sky as per the manual when first syncing.

      Use caution with all GPS devices. Some places should remain sacred :)

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      5.0

      It

      By Dan Dill

      from Boston, MA, USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

        On Canon 5D3, I was concerned it would be too bulky. But it seems sized well. I inserted the battery, snapped it into the hot shoe, and it "just works" to write longitude, latitude, altitude, and direction into the .CR2 file metadata. Much more convenient than a separate GPS logger.

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        4.0

        Very easy to use and convenient

        By Accrue

        from Calgary, AB

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Costs Too Much

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

        This is so much easier than the bluetooth GPS I used with my 5Dm2. You just connect to the hot shoe and you are done. This is as easy as it gets and small enough to carry in my bag all the time.

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        4.0

        Canon GP-E2

        By bpipebob

        from Jacksonville, Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

          I purchased this item for my EOS 5D Mark III as I am goinmg to traveling across central Europe on a river cruise. I sure would like to know where the pictures were taken. The instructions are clear and the results correlated well with my other GPS devices. Easy and fun to use.

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          5.0

          Better then I thought

          By JC918

          from Tulsa Oklahoma

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

            I was on the fence about this. Didn't know if I would really use it much but I love this. I chase storms and with having to drive and go I some times forget where I took my shot with this that will never happen.

            The build quality is really good and it's not too big mounted on the hot shoe. I have found a few places will auto load the gps data 500px & flickr. Zenfolio and Facebook do not but you can always manually input the data. It's easy to use if you own a 5D Mark III buy this.

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            4.0

            Good update

            By Photo Sim

            from Washington State

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                Upgraded to the 5d mark iii from the mark ii. With the mark ii we used a wireless file transmitter with a GPS attached to geotag our photos. This new GP-E2 combined with the Mark iii is a great replacement for our old rig. Thumbs up!!
                CK

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                5.0

                Where was that Photograph Taken ?

                By Newheart2008

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Ease Of Operation
                • Easy to Use
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                How many times have you looked through your portfolio and said " Man, I wish I could remember where that was taken "? We do a lot of old barns, abandoned buildings, waterfalls, etc., and this is the tool to answer that question. Many times you may want to shoot at the same location again during different seasons and need to know how to get there. This thing is a lightweight piece that fits right on the hotshoe and encodes your EXIF data with everything needed to cruise right back to the spot the picture was taken. ( even which way you were facing ). Interfaces with all mapping software and easy to set up in the camera settings. Only three negatives on this one: A little too expensive as is true with all Canon gear, Battery Life could be longer, and it takes a little getting use to having something on the hotshoe all the time. Have used it about two weeks and love it.

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                5.0

                Just what I wanted

                By Marc

                from STL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                  This is an awesome accessory if you have a 5d3. It worked perfectly right out of the box. If you don't have a 5d3 or 1dx, then it's probably not worth it considering that you have to use a cable to make it work with any other camera.

                  After reading some of the reviews, I was expecting it to be bigger than what it is. I actually think that the size is just fine. But then again, I'm used to having my 580 flash on the hotshoe. And this, by comparison, is really small.

                  I tested out the battery life... With it set to every 5 seconds, which is what I would recommend, it was on for over 36 hours before the battery light started flashing fast, indicating that the battery was low. And this was when it was inside my house, so it wasn't necessarily getting the best satellite signal.

                  If you're into geotagging your photos, and want to do it with the least number of steps, and you have a 5d3 or 1dx, then this is the device for you.

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                  5.0

                  Here is where I took this photo

                  By photoguy

                  from St Louis, MO

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Battery Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                    This is so easy to use and works well with Lightroom

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Utility

                    By mikek

                    from Newnan, GA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                      I like to geotag my photos, and having an external GPS receiver is great because it doesn't use the camera's battery. I have a Canon 6D, and the battery drains pretty quick when using it with GPS on; however it lasts a lot longer when I use this device which is externally powered. It also works great on a camera with no GPS, such as the 70D.

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                      5.0

                      Works very well

                      By Haucke

                      from Dallas TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                        Not as obtrusive as I expected.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver

                        By DM

                        from Lisburn, Northern Ireland

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Functionality
                        • Well Made
                        • Works Well With GPS

                        Cons

                        • Hinders Functionality

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                        The easiest device I have ever had to set up. Connected it, turned it on, went to the window to get a better signal and was connected and up and running in less than a minute.
                        the accuracy is spot on even when I took it on a walk. It logged my route faultlessly. It's very light and the pouch and leads will enable me to use it in most situations.
                        Quite big on top of a 70D with battery grip attached. Pity the 70D doesn't have built in GPS because when the GP-E2 is attached you can't use the built in flash.

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Mr machine

                        from Sycamore Il

                        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                        What a super product, worked great right out of the box. only thing I'm not crazy about is that you have to calibrate the compass ever time you turn it on, it's no big deal it's just you have to explain to the people around you why your spinning your camera around in the air. It's with in 2 feet or so of your exact location for the money you can't beet it.

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                        3.0

                        Big & Bulky But works great

                        By KC

                        from Kansas Ciity

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Hinders Functionality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                          GPS works as advertised...gets signal fairly quick and writes to EFIF file without any other input from user. I use with a Cannon 7d just be aware that having to attach to camera with cables is one more thing to deal with. When using with external flash you need to put the GPS receiver somewhere else. Until Cannon upgrades to include GPS in camera this will do, however once they upgrade body to include GPS tagging I will no longer use this. Eliminating the extra step of having to upload GPS log and then sync photos is worth the $$.

                          It works but it is expensive

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