Jobo photoGPS - Hot Shoe Activated GPS Datalogger

Jobo photoGPS - Hot Shoe Activated GPS Datalogger

Jobo photoGPS - Hot Shoe Activated GPS Datalogger

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Product Highlights

  • Works with any Camera with a Hotshoe
  • Saves Location Data to Built-in Memory
  • With Internal Rechargeable Battery
  • Includes Geotagging Software for Mac/Win

Jobo photoGPS Overview

  • 1Description

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 three 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 position is determined. This in turn translates into latitude, longitude and altitude co-ordinates on a GPS receiver.

Geotagging has become an important part of digital photographic organization, classification and notation. The process involves obtaining coordinates through GPS triangulation, and embedding them in a way that allows a photographer to store the location to which the photograph was taken within the digital image file itself. In order to generate these coordinates, a GPS receiver like the Jobo photoGPS is required.

The Jobo photoGPS datalogger is a lightweight and compact device, intended to be mounted in the hotshoe of a digital SLR and is activated by the electrical pulse that normally would trigger a shoe-mounted flash. The photoGPS has its own USB-rechargeable internal battery, so it need not drain the camera's battery. As such, a fully-charged photoGPS can be used for several weeks without a recharge as the device will "sleep" in-between exposures. The photoGPS only operates in full power mode at the time of the synchronized exposure.

When the photoGPS is triggered, it saves the current location data to its own internal memory. So through a multi-stage geotagging method, the geospatial data is collected and embedded in an image's metadata only after the photoGPS is connected to a PC or Macintosh computer and the included software is run.

Ultimately, JPEG, RAW and XMP sidecar files can be updated with 'where' data" to supplement the 'who,' 'what,' and 'when' information normally recorded on digital images. This data is very helpful when organizing or identifying photos and for the purposes of online sharing and viewing.

Memory will store approximately 1000 locations
Accurate to approximately 10 meters / 33 feet
Included software can geotag JPEG, RAW or XMP sidecar files
PC or Mac connection via USB
In the Box
Jobo photoGPS - Hot Shoe Activated GPS Datalogger
  • USb Cable
  • CD-ROM with photoGPS matching software, organizer and image viewer
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Jobo photoGPS Specs

    Memory 128MB internal
    Output Connector USB 2.0
    Power Source Internal 120 mAh Li-poly battery
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 68 x 20 x 43mm
    Weight 80g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 5.2 x 2.2"
    Note: Computer Requirements: Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Macintosh OSX
    USB 2.0 port
    CD-ROM drive

    Jobo photoGPS Reviews

    photoGPS - Hot Shoe Activated GPS Datalogger is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up and running in 5 minutes Gave this device a 5 minute surface charge, and when right to work. Easy, easy, easy to use and setup. Took a dozen photos around town, downloaded the GPS data, imported the photos, clicked 2 buttons on the software, done. Dropped the photos into iPhoto and there they were on the map! Device also has a 'GEOhint' button on the side, basically it works as an extra 'trigger' in addition to the hot shoe. Useful if you have to take it off your camera, or use more than one camera. Downside - MAC software included as a URL on the disk, had to download it, manual covers the basics - but it's so easy to use the manual isn't really necessary.
    Date published: 2009-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WORKS GREAT - EASY INTEGRATION I was expecting this product to be more complicated, I was very surprised how easy it is to use. Software is simple to use and intuitive. I run the tagging software while the CF Card is still in the reader, before transferrin the image files to the computers. I syncing of the geo information works great, every file has been accurately tagged during the sync process. Also it add's a KMZ file for viewing in Google Earth.
    Date published: 2009-02-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from software limitations found out why the software is so limited: the device doesn't store actual GPS coordinates - it just stores the satellite positions in a proprietary format. The external software that is used to download the data then uses the internet connection to access their servers and look up the location, based on the satellite positions and time stamp. Thats why it requires an internet connection to be able to tag photos. And that's why 3rd party software doesn't support it (and probably never will). What a bad design. Another bad point - not mentioned before: the SW can't tag RAW files - it can only creates an XMP file. You may need additional software if you want to have the GPS information inside of the RAW file.
    Date published: 2010-09-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the price, great little product Took a little figuring out. I admit I actually had to read all of the instructions. About a 3-4 step process, but the results worked great for me. I'm amazed at how accurate the device is. I thought it would be a constant monitoring gps, but it's not. It captures info after the shot is taken. I have been hitting the acquire button on the side before each shot and it's been close to 100%. No problems with the hot shoe on canon products. The person that said it doesn't work indoors, hit the acquire button before you enter a building and it will use the last sat info for the images. The .kmz files it creates work fantastic with Google Earth and other products. Been Accurate to about 10-30ft for me.
    Date published: 2010-06-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Well!!! Could be better! I read a lot of the reviews other have posted and while I don't agree with all of them, some have a few great ideas. The design is great, it fits well, battery lasts long, looks clean, and logs the location in almost every location. However, I bought the unit to do my geo-tagging with the application Aperture 3, the separate application that JOBO uses is difficult to match and then move back into the photo application. Overall, it does what it says it does, and works well, but the software is where I find the JOBO falls short. While its not perfect, I have to say it does the job and offers things that no other unit can do.
    Date published: 2010-04-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Want to like this The device sw had an issue with Mac OS X, but this wasn't obvious. After several attempts I contacted Jobo, who were outstanding in terms of responsiveness. I then had a number of days of flawless use and the capture of GPS coords is very speedy. The workflow (since I shoot RAW) is not as clean as if the Jobo wrote the EXIF data into the RAW file, but isn't too complicated. I found I had to be disciplined and drop my CF card of images and the Jobo off each night and keep them paired up until I got to internet connectivity. However after a few days the Jobo USB port stopped working and left me high and dry (in the middle of Africa). I'd really like to give the unit better marks - and certainly their tech support would get 5* - but build quality leaves me shy of recommending.
    Date published: 2009-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great, easy to use I got this unit before a birding trip to Florida. (My wife is the birder. My role is to try and document what she finds.) I attached the unit to the hot shoe of my Canon XTi and fired away. When we got back to the hotel the combination of the software (with an internet access) made it very straight forward to tag the GPS location to the photos. For the most part it's plug-and-play, but it helps to be familiar with your computer directory structure. I had read that some reviewers had problems with the unit sliding out of the hot shoe. On my camera it seemed to fit pretty well, but I definitely kept an eye on it since it is just a friction fit. Of course it's pretty wide open spaces in Florida, so it had no problem syncing with the GPS satellites. I'll be interested to see how it works when I try it in the mountains of Tennessee
    Date published: 2009-03-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Piece of JUNK, don't buy it! What they don't tell you is that you MUST be on the internet to install the software, AND you MUST be on the internet to use the info from the tagger. The tagger records the GPS data, but you can't get it out without being connected to the internet. This is an internet based TOY. The GPS info is easily 10+ meters different than actual GPS location. Shooting 30 pictures, only 19 GPS tags were recorded. I am using a Nikon D90, and was outside in a wide open area on a sunny day in a major city in the U.S.
    Date published: 2009-06-18
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