Review: Nikon GP-1 GPS unit with D600 FX camera, Adobe Lightroom 4

This combination of items has permitted simple, accurate geotagging of both stills and video to Google Maps while online. I must add that the altitude measurements have proven less accurate than the location coordinates, in my experience.

I really like that the GP-1 is so small, compact and light and derives power from cameras- no additional batteries or chargers, and of course the camera can be run on AC-DC converter. Startup for satellite acquisition varies with conditions, but I’ve been satisfied overall on this front.The ports for USB and MC-DC2 wired remote are reliable and I very often use the latter, especially since it allows remote video ON/OFF. With the supplied attachment to the camera strap, this frees the hot shoe of the camera for a microphone or flash, monitor,etc. Am I glad that I kept the 4-pin cable connector for the GPS unit when I sold my D90 or what?

The tight integration between LR4 and Google Maps makes it easy to even retrospectively geotag images and video.

So what?

For me, geotagging is becoming a standard feature for inclusion in my workflow for documentaries, slideshows, and location scouting. I can directly show the audience where the action (or lack of) is taking place. It’s much simpler to organize shots by location at times for editing.

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