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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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.

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
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    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
    315
    Low power GeoPic II: ~55mA
    Camera (standby/metering): ~0.1mA/300mA
    Total: (standby/metering): ~55.1mA/355mA
    970
    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

    Custom Idea GeoPic II reviews

    GeoPic II Direct Connect Geotagging GPS Unit is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Update - serious collar thread problem This an an update to my recent review where I identified a problem with the collar and thread that attaches the unit to the camera (D300s). Well it has now broken and the unit is now junk after only a couple of months. The thread doesn't engage with the camera well enough to keep it in place, which means it requires constant pushing back in, which has serious implications for the fragile pins and causes the GPS signal to cut out frequently. The plastic collar ended up just snapping off while I was on a travelling shoot (exactly when you want GPS). The GPS signal ceased, one of the pins bent and it later snapped off when I tried to straighten it. So this has been an expensive waste of time and money.
    Date published: 2011-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good I didn't expect a lot from this, but it's worked as advertised from day one, and does an excellent job of geo-tagging shots. The three separate modes are well thought-out -- all three are useful on a daily basis, and the low-power mode works much better than I thought under most circumstances. The only cons are the easy-to-get-wrong configuration using the little push switch and some irritating difficulty getting the cable's 10-pin plug to stay permanently in the camera's socket. Overall, though, it's outstanding -- it's nearly permanently connected to my non-studio camera nowadays.
    Date published: 2008-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Available GPS for Nikon This has a good receiver, I have found that it sometimes works indoors where other GPS receivers don't. The low power and freeze modes are very useful. You can disable the auto shutoff so you can turn the camera off between shots but leave the GPS on so that it is available as soon as you turn the camera on. The power consumption of the GPS is low enough that you could leave it on for several hours without draining the camera's battery. If you don't use the Nikon Neck strap, and need the flash, you may need to let it dangle. A hot foot that passes through to a hot shoe on top would be useful. The connector has a threaded retaining ring that I found difficult to engage--I have the same problem with the Nikon remote, so it may be inherent in the connector
    Date published: 2009-01-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great GPS locator but needs TLC I'm a prosumer who loves urban travel photography. I used the GeoPic II on a Nikon DSLR in a European city, taking 300 to 500 pictures daily. The GPS function works as advertised -- it may take 60 seconds or more to lock on satellites, but it tends to stay locked even in narrow city streets with limited sky. Google Maps identifies the shooting location within 5 or 10 feet horizontally (the GeoPic II's altitude reporting in my urban use was so erratic as to be funny -- move 3 yards and drop 100 feet, but that doesn't matter to me because I'm in a mappable city and not the wilderness).The GeoPic II requires TLC because the 10-pin connector projects beyond the side of the DSLR. The end of the cable that connects to the 10-pin connector has a tail with cutouts that are usually put there to let the cable bend a little under pressure. On my GeoPic II the tail was just as rigid as the the main connector, so the weak point was the place where the cable enters the connector's nonflexible tail.I carried the camera with the GeoPic II in a a large shoulder bag with enough room for the camera with the GeoPic II attached, but the DSLR's weight pushed the GeoPic II's cable against the bag's padded interior, and after 8 days of walking around a European city, the cable weakened at the point at which it met the connector's nonflexible tail, and the GeoPic II died.The horizontal information I got from the GeoPic II is great, and I'm glad to have it. To protect the connector-cable vulnerability would require a very large shoulder bag with a very fussy interior partition system. The GeoPic II gets 4 stars for performance but I withheld the fifth star because of the design defect.I used the website contact form to tell Custom Ideas, the manufacturer, about this problem when the GeoPic II's performance was degrading because of the bent cable. Custom Ideas said that they respond to every message in 24 hours. You will no doubt be astonished to hear that it's been almost 3 weeks since I sent the message to Custom Ideas, but they haven't yet responded. Imagine that!
    Date published: 2008-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good choice I purchased this unit for use with my nikon DX2s. On a recent trip to WV it worked very well. The device has three settings:on all the time (and so is you camera), on-demand, and stored location. I used the on demand and w please with the response and the battery usage. It does take a few minutes to lock in when you first turn it on, but after that, I never give it anoth thought. When I uploaded the pics to my Mac, Aperture grabbed the gps data as expected. It was a smooth and effortless process. I do find that the very simple interface (one button, one light) takes a bit of getting used to to be able to make the adjustments, but other than that it is fine.
    Date published: 2011-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great (but Expensive) Product 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. Yes, this works but it is a real pain to use. I understand why it was done (no room for a 10-pin plug) but do not expect some of the display functions to work on the Nikon D300 camera with the shutter release cable plugged into the GPS unit. You have to unplug the remote release cable from the 2.5mm remote socket to bring the Nikon menu and playback functions back on-line. However, except for this unfortunate feature, the GPS unit works perfectly and embeds the geospatial data in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates into the metadata header of the photo at the time of exposure. Then all you have to do is copy the metadata into a word file, and copy the latitude and longitude coordinates into Google Earth and search for the position. The Lat/Long coordinates were accurate to within 10 feet of my shooting position. That's close enough for me.
    Date published: 2008-08-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Camera Connection Problem The GPS unit works as well as promised. The locking screw on the unit's connector does not match with the thread on the camera's 10 pin socket. Within minutes of starting my first stroll with the unit slung over my shoulder, the connector literally broke out of the socket. The unit still works, but the connector comes unconnected with minimal movement.
    Date published: 2010-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Let The Name Fool You! Great!! Used it on a Trip to Thailand! Great product never let me down. I was going to get the Nikon GP1 decided on this one because of reviews! And they were right on! Simply to use and locking on was fast! Don't be fooled and think that the Nikon one is better. It's not!! The lock feature is great when you have to head indoors. Just Lock it on the GPS signal before going indoors and it will mark all you photos with that location! Nikon doesn't do that!! I never had a problem with it finding a signal. At most it took 15-20 seconds once I left the hotel room. The great thing about this is that I never thought about it during any shots. I just brought my camera up and started shooting and when I downloaded them to I Photo the locations were there. if you are thinking of getting this JUST DO IT!!!! Some of the reviews talked about it being a battery killer! Not So! Other then the times I forgot to turn it off when I was done shooting for the day! I noticed no extra battery drain. I use Nikon Batteries(I have 2 extra sets that I carry) with the battery grip but I never had to change during a day of shooting. And I used the GPS on constant most of my trip! Some of my shooting trips were 6 hours long. And even when I did forget to turn it off it only took the battery down to half. Now this might be different for you if you only have one battery. But if you have the duel battery for your camera go ahead and put in on constant and shoot away!! The cable never got in my way was long enough but not to long. Great GPS Unit!!! Get it you'll Love It!!
    Date published: 2009-10-01
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