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CanonGPS Receiver GP-E2
 
4.3

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (88)
  • Lightweight (45)
  • Durable (31)
  • Reliable (29)
  • Compact (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (80)
  • Landscape photography (30)
  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Wildlife photos (16)
  • Adventure (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (26), Semi-professional (18), Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (14), Professional (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89), Yes (3)

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

 

Shouldn't it come with this?

Alright... It does what it says it would do. It logs your path and it geotags pictures. It really does that brilliantly. I slipped onto my 5D MKIII hot shoe and the...Read complete review

Alright... It does what it says it would do. It logs your path and it geotags pictures. It really does that brilliantly. I slipped onto my 5D MKIII hot shoe and the pictures are recorded with location, elevation, and direction the camera was facing. I put in in my pocket in log mode, went for a walk with my SX50 HS and it perfectly geotagged all the pictures I took (after a little computer work). Pro's: -- Works perfectly as advertised. Geotags pictures. -- Reasonable battery life. I don't know exactly how long the battery lasts simply because I haven't had to replace it. It's at least 6 or 7 hours.-- Speaking of batteries, runs on one AA dry cell. They're available everywhere and take less than 30 seconds to swap.-- Comes with great documentation and a very nice case. -- Seems to be reasonably accurate. I'm not looking for perfect location tagging but I would like to know roughly where the picture was taken. It does that.-- Nice mapping software. Not too fancy but does a nice job of showing you where you took your snapshot. -- Typical Canon quality. Very well builtCons: Takes up the only place on my camera that will talk to the flash - the hot shoe. It's either the GPS or flash. Not both. -- My phone came with a GPS and a .99c app does the same logging.Conclusion:It's a very nice GPS chip, a AA battery (not included), and a hot shoe mount in a grey box and it all interfaces well, directly or indirectly, with my Canon cameras. I am, however, left wondering why this isn't all but free and built into a camera as new as the 5D MKIII.I guess I'd recommend it to a friend... but it'd come with reservations.

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3.0

The only item that don't improve the imags

By Pär Ohlson

from Lysekil, Sweden

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

    It do what it´s says, give you GPS coordinates in the image file, no more, no less. It´s perfect if you make long trips or have a need to pinpoint each and every picture, like on a vacation, but it will not improve your images. One thing that is great regarding the GPS data, is that many sites like 500px, takes this information and place it on their map, and of course, if you use Lightroom or similar software, you´ll get a quit big map after a while.

    The only thing I don't like on this GPS receiver, is that is powered by a separate AA battery. It´would be a perfect product if there where any chance to power it via the hot shoe/flash connector. Don't know if its possible, but at least it´s an idea. The battery time is decent, 30-40 hours on on standard battery, and will extend if you uses like Li-Ion batteries.

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    5.0

    GPS for 70D

    By Gil

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

    Straightforward to setup on my Canon 70D. Limited use so far, but it tracks well and shows direction I'm facing.

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    4.0

    Top notch, but expensive

    By Oval Nowhere

    from New England

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Pricey
    • Slow To Find Satellites

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

    Except for the price, which is way too high for something that's standard fare for much cheaper cameras, this GPS tool is outstanding. I did several tests with it, on roads and under a forest canopy. It was pretty much dead-on accurate in setting the longitude/latitude markers, including altitude and direction the camera is pointing to.

    While it comes with Canon's software for mapping, if you use Lightroom, that would be unnecessary. In fact, I imported my shots directly from the flash card into Lightroom and Lightroom's own mapping program took over. It was actually better, IMHO, than Canon's software.

    The only issue I had, and it's small, is that it takes a few minutes for the unit to spot the satellites and become operable. So, if you're traveling and doing sporadic shots, it's probably best to keep the device turned on. You might also be better off using rechargeable batteries if you're doing a lot of shooting.

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    3.0

    Good Canon Product

    By ibtrains

    from Nanticoke, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Slow Start Up Time

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

      I geotag my shots

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      • No

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      5.0

      GPS Receiver GP-E2

      By Erik

      from Milwaukee WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

        I just got this device the other day. After using it I was apply to import the pictures into Lightroom and use the map features. The picture showed up on the map and once I zoom in it show right where I shot the photos. I couldn't be more pleased with the device. I was using the device connected to the hot shoe. I am looking forward in using this device more in the future

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        5.0

        I've had it for a year

        By Szumi

        from Northern Mi

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

          I bought mine a year ago to use on my T5i. I like taking pictures of barns, I like to know where the barn is in case I want to take more pictures in the future or in better lighting.

          The only annoying thing about it is it is sitting up there on the hotshoe and my base ball cap hits it on my first attempt to take a shot. After I flip my hat around, I'm good until I get back into my car and whack my hat on the head rest. ;)

          I recently purchased a 6D with internal gps. It doesn't have the compass feature so it doesn't record which way I was looking. Also, I don't think it is as sensitive as the EP-G2 that is out in the open. If I forget to turn off the GPS function in my 6D I have a dead camera. In the T5i, I just don't have a GPS.

          I noticed the description says the T5i uses usb, I'm using hot shoe.

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          5.0

          Easy to use

          By Florian

          from Butte, MT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

            I was looking to add GPS coordinates to my photos on my Canon 5D Mark III. This works seamlessly. I really do not use to logging option but just to get GPS data imbedded in my metadata. It's weather sealed, non-obtrusive and I am please with. It does come at a price. But if you want to add GPS coordinates to your photos, these seems like the way to go rather than 3rd party options.

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            5.0

            GPS Receiver GP-E2

            By ccrider52

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

              If you want to geo tag your photos this is the perfect way. Slip it on the hot shoe, turn the GPS function on in your camera and you are all set. Different cameras take different units so be sure to check for compatibility. Make sure your camera has the GPS functionality.

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              4.0

              I Wish it Had Been Integrated into the Camera

              By Glow

              from NYC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                I purchased the GPS Receiver GP-E2 for my Canon 70D DSLR. Although I found it to be easy to use, I wish it had been integrated into the camera itself. It locks into the hot shoe at the top of the camera where one would attach an external flash. That location makes it impossible to use a flash in that spot. However, there are workarounds: there are cables and brackets that can be used to solve this problem.

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                2.0

                Not pleased with this product

                By Alton Morrell

                from Perth Andover, Canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Construction

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                    This unit would not connect directly with the camera have to use the cable to get connection.
                    Would not recommend this product.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Does exactly what it's designed to

                    By GIS Jim

                    from western Kentucky

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                      Have only used it mounted on the hot shoe, and logging directly to photos. I'm a GIS Professional; accuracy is important to me, and this is good. It does add height to the camera, making insertion into my bag a bit more challenging, but while using it my camera is generally in my hand.

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                      4.0

                      Better than before

                      By rick

                      from durham, nc

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                        so far so good

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Exceptionally pleased

                        By Bob

                        from Danville, KY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                          I used the GPS receiver for the first time over a radius of 15 miles in Vermont. I was amazed by the detail using the Map function in Lightroom. Locations fit precisely with my recollections. I was surprised at how well it differentiated several locations within a 100 yard perimeter.

                          I did not use the Canon software that came with the receiver.

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                          4.0

                          Works as expected no surprises

                          By GeneralJava

                          from Calgary, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • No Signal Quality Meter
                          • Sporadic Readings In City

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                          Used on a recent 6 day trip with one AA Eneloop battery which lasted the whole trip. I started off making sure I turned it off when not using but eventually got lazy and just left it on whenever there was a chance to take photos. Used at sea level with a large portion of the sky available for potential good signal. Accuracy seems to be about 3 to 5 meters based on my interpretation of google maps data. I do wish there was some indication of how many satellites are in the solution or some form of quality metric indication. If you use this in any city cores you will find very sporadic readings, but this is common for all GPS units. On the canon D70 it works great on the hotshoe but does block the built in flash. You can use the included cable with addition bracket to side mount GPS unit freeing up the on camera hotshoe for your flash with the D70. The included software while functional seems pretty plain and uninspiring. Very happy with purchase as you really only need to make sure it is on and it tags all your photos, even with compass direction data.

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                          4.0

                          Not mind blowing

                          By Davy B

                          from Bartlett, IL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                            For a lot of money this accessory will occupy your hot shot and bog down your rig, while needing minutes to acquire signal, and providing fairly dispersed sample points (the pins in Aperture deviate randomly from the path i know I took). Other than that it works great and saves post time, can log tracks also even when not on the camera, comes with a sturdy and thick nylon cloth case with belt loop, uses AA batteries to not suck your camera's battery, has a gasket at the mount that is pressed snug when you lock the lever once attached, to provide weather sealing. Communicates with the camera directly thru the hotshoe on 5D3 (but needed cable on 7D, forcing to open rubber flaps for both it and this unit providing far less sealing!!). Plugs to the computer with provided software to retrieve track files (and GPS data is obviously embedded in each photo also). And it's not heavy. So all in all is very useful, I just would have preferred the GPS logging to be much more accurate. I am supposing that it is inferior to the geopositioning of iPhones due to them using multiple positioning techniques to refine location when this unit only gets GPS, not cell or wifi.

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                            1.0

                            Impossible to use with Adobe Lightroom 5

                            By GPS Geek

                            from San Diego, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                            • Not Compatible With Adobe

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                            I have a Canon 5DMk2 which does not support the GP-E2 as well as a Leica and Sony a7r. I used this device in logging mode but ran into a nightmare when trying to use with Lightroom 5. Essentially Canon saves gps data as proprietary .log files that Adobe does not support. To down load from the device to your computer hard disk you need to use Canon's ImageBrowser EX utility which is clunky and brickish.. However I have not found a way to then convert the files to the standard .GPX format that Adobe uses. I tried GPSBabel which did not list Canon amongst it's many file formats. Eventually I gave up. I now use the map utility in Lightroom to directly search for the location (easy) and simply add the gps data to my photos (very easy and quick).
                            I use an iMac with OS X Yosemite.
                            So don't waste your money buying this if you use Lightroom! Simply add your gps data from within Lightroom's map utility ... quick and simple.

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                            4.0

                            Pricey But Worth It

                            By Haydon

                            from CT

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                              Never realized how much you miss a GPS until AFTER you buy it.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Just got it and pleased so far

                              By Dan

                              from Massachusetts

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accuracy
                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Cost

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                              I purchased this GPS for a trip to Angkor Wat and I want to document the location and direction of all the shots. That is most important to me. I fully researched this item prior to purchase. When it arrived it was on my camera and in test within minutes. Setup was a snap. I took several shots to see how well this GPS would do. I must say I was quite impressed. The locations of the shot on the maps were accurate within a couple feet!
                              The pros:
                              - Reasonable size and profile when mounted on camera.
                              - Easy to get started and use
                              - Very accurate on the location
                              The cons:
                              - The cost - I would have had this a long time but man that's a lot of money

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                              5.0

                              Phemenal gps

                              By Jsk

                              from Wisconsin

                              Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                              Made many trips around the world. As my age progresses my memory declines. I look at old pictures and some I can no longer I'd where they were taken. This device works on and off my camera. No longer guessing where the pic were taken. The added bonus is its ability to track how I got there and returned. It is pricey but what camera gadget isn't.

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                              5.0

                              Great gift

                              By Azernot

                              from Phoenix, AZ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Video Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Work

                                Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

                                I purchased this for a friend and they love it. They use it on their camera everyday and love how it lets them know where and when they took the picture.

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                                • Yes

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