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CanonGPS Receiver GP-E2
 
4.3

(based on 110 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

93%

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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5.0

Works great with my Canon T6s

By MFB

from Evansville, Indiana

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

Bought this to automatically update the time and embed the location and time in my solar eclipse shots. This is required for contributing images to the Eclipse Megamovie Project.

 
5.0

A well designed GPS device.

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

the device is expensive, but it is designed for the Canon Eos Cameras I have. It worked perfectly the first time I connected. The GPS coordinates are present in the Exif file for the Raw image. I considered a low-cost alternative at 1/5 the price but its reviews were so bad I chose the Canon device. Iuse ACDSee to convert the raw files to jpeg, but the GPS information is not transferred to the jpeg header for reasons unknown to me. I can copy and paste to do the transfer.

 
4.0

Expensive but it does the trick

By Olav

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

Canon should have built GPS into its high-end cameras, like my 5D Mk III. But it didn't. This isn't the best solution, maybe, but at least it works and works well. It is slow finding the satellites when turning it on, so snap photos are out unless you leave it turned on. It only uses one AA battery, but carry a spare or two because their lifespan is around 20 hours. I tested it using several known locations and found it to be very accurate, even in a rather thick forest.

 
4.0

Sturdy, relatively accurate, performs as expected

By Jerry C

from Gainesville, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

I do a lot of photography on location where photos are not always taken in order. It is very handy to be able to sort them by relative location later, after memory may have dimmed. The GP-E2 has one drawback compared with navigation GPS. The Nav-GPS data improves accuracy essential for navigation by taking in additional sources of data. Unfortunately, using this data requires software that uses the time the image was taken to sync with the GPS location and write the EXIF data to the image. While accurate, this is somewhat cumbersome. The GP-E2's accuracy is within 2 meters, but can be off by 10 or so meters. It is more accurate in open areas than between buildings more than a few stories in height. Nevertheless, it is easy to operate, and quite compact and writes the GPS data directly to the image.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very useful.

By EG

from West Coast

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

I use mine on 70D, 80D, EOSM and EOSM2. Has always worked very well. I use it on all my photo trips to help me find precise locations when I'm editing. My first one disappeared when I was out shooting last fall, dang! , but after thinking about it, I bought another one to replace it. Very happy with it. Works well with rechargeable batteries. Battery consumption is low and lasts several days, usually. It's small, don't let if fall out of your pocket...

 
1.0

Description isn't accurate

By Michael

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

The description says that it was designed specifically for the EOS System. What it doesn't say is that it is only companionable with a few cameras from that system. My EOS 60D is flat out incompatible and my 1D Mk4 requires a $800 accessory in order to use this.
Wasted time. Wasted effort. Wasted money.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works as Advertised But Canon Support Doesn't Know It

By Rodney

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

I got mine a week ago.  After I had ordered I had a few questions before it got here about its interface with the 80D.  While I was waiting for delivery I asked several questions on the B&H Q&A about the interface and didn't get a completely knowledgeable answer.  I also asked questions of Canon Tech Support, Customer Service, and Parts Department.  It's amazing that among 5 different people at Canon (1 in Customer Service, 3 in Tech Support, and 1 in the Parts Department) none of them could answer my question about the USB interface with my EOS 80D.  BOTTOM LINE:  The GP-E2 can directly interface with the camera either with the camera hot shoe or with either of the included USB cables (short one [10"] for GP-E2 on a flash bracket or long one [4'] with GP-E2 on your belt).  The cables have a standard mini-Type B connector on the camera end and a Canon proprietary USB connector (coded white) on the GP-E2 end.  Works great.  Too bad the support people at Canon don't have a clue.  See my photo of the 10" cable.  You can see the white plastic component on the GP-E2 end of the cable.  The same configuration is provided on the included 4' included cable.

 
5.0

Great product

By NorthMd

from Crownsville Md

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

Well integrated and even performs well even indoors.

 
5.0

Great way to track your photo

By Catherine

from Placentia CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2:

I wanted this GPS system to be able to track my photographs as I cross the country in a photo safari. I know I'll be able to keep track of the photographs I take them where they were taken. So far this GPS system works great.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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