Custom Idea GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit

Custom Idea GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit

Custom Idea GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit

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  • For Nikon D2-series, D3-series, D200, D300, D700, Fujifilm S5 Pro, and IS Pro digital cameras with 10-Pin remote sockets.

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Custom Idea GeoPic II overview

  • 1Description

The GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit tethers to and is compatible with Nikon D2-series, D3-series, D200, D300, D700, Fujifilm S5 Pro, and IS Pro digital cameras with 10-Pin remote sockets. Unique to a select range of Nikon and Fujifilm digital SLR users is the ability to apply geospatial data in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates to the metadata header of an image file at the time of exposure. This functionality is only realized with the addition of a tethered GPS (Global Positioning System) signal receiver.

GPS satellites have been freely accessible to the world through the "public good" policy of the United States Air Force and their NAVSTAR Global Position System (GPS.) It is a system of satellites that broadcast a specific radio signal to connect to a receiver like this one. If four or more of the NAVSTAR satellites are in transmission range of the GPS unit, through simple mathematical calculations based on the distances between each orbiting satellite and the receiver, a 3-dimensional position on the X/Y/Z axes is determined. This in turn translates into latitude, longitude and altitude co-ordinates on a GPS receiver.

The Custom Idea GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit for Nikon & Fujifilm Digital SLRs presents a user with the ability to embed in images geospatial data in the form of GPS coordinates. Using the GeoPic II, GPS data is saved to an image's metadata during exposure. This system of geotagging is inherently more accurate and consistent when compared to GPS dataloggers that match the time stamp on an image with the closest approximation of location based on a time stamp on the GPS tracklog. Furthermore, there are three primary modes of functionality that gives GPS data to the camera, even when not in GPS satellite range.

The GeoPic II has three modes of operation that each posses their own advantages. The Continuous mode keeps the GPS receiver active and constantly sends data to the camera. Low Power mode puts the GeoPic II into a standby mode when idle, thereby preserving the camera's battery power. The receiver is "woken-up" with a half-press of the camera's shutter release button. Finally, the Freeze mode is useful indoors, in large cities, deep canyons or anywhere else where a clear signal of the sky for the purposes of satellite signal reception is difficult or impossible to obtain. This mode will save a specific location to the GeoPic II's internal memory in order to have coordinates at the ready when subsequent images are shot.

When the GeoPic II is connected to a camera, the GPS module can nestle in the camera's hotshoe, or alternatively, on the camera's neckstrap if a shoe-mounted flash or off-camera cord is needed. Additionally, this device permits customization of its operation though a series of options accessed through its onboard menu. A user's needs may be tailored to with a choice indicators and power management settings. Ultimately, the GeoPic II allows photographers to geotag their photographs in nearly any situation without requiring a great drain on the camera's battery, an active GPS signal, a multi-staged geotagging process or any significant weight or bulky additions.

Dedicated Geotagging Device
Directly connects to a range of Nikon and Fuji digital SLRs and will provide GPS coordinates to the camera at the time of exposure.
Multiple Modes of Operation
The GeoPic II can conserve power, or lock a signal when indoors with a single click of a button.
Compact Housing
A small and unobtrusive receiver attached with an 8" lead ensures that the addition of a GPS to your camera will not interfere with access to the cameras buttons, hinder function or create discomfort.
Custom Functions
Includes signal lock confirmation beep, power use variations and Freeze mode adjustments.
Remote Shutter Activation Pass-Through
A 2.5mm remote socket allows the GeoPic II to relay remote shutter release cable signals to the camera without removing the GPS receiver from the 10-pin socket. The 2.5mm connection is compatible with "Canon-type" remotes.
In the Box
Custom Idea GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit
  • Product Manual
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Custom Idea GeoPic II specs

    Chipset SiRFstar III with built-in WAAS demodulator
    Connection Time Cold start: 42 sec
    Warm start: 38 sec
    Hot start: 01 sec
    Channels 20
    Waterproofing Splash resistant
    Output Connector 10-Pin Nikon remote lockring connector with 2.5mm miniphone socket for accessory pass-through shutter release cable
    Power Source GPS receiver draws power from the camera.

    Mode: Current Consumption: Photos:
    Continuous GeoPic II: ~55mA
    Camera: ~300mA

    Total: ~355mA regardless of state
    Low power GeoPic II: ~55mA
    Camera (standby/metering): ~0.1mA/300mA
    Total: (standby/metering): ~55.1mA/355mA
    No GPS Camera (standby/metering): ~0.1mA/300mA 1750

    [Figures based on 3 large resolution, basic quality JPEGs taken every 2 minutes]

    Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.4 x 3.0 x 0.6" (35 x 58 x 16mm)
    Weight 1.7 oz (48g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 3.4 x 1.3"
    Note: Compatible with: Nikon D2-series, D3-series, D200, D300, D700, Fujifilm S5 Pro, and IS Pro digital SLR cameras with 10-pin remote sockets

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