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The Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver is a compact, lightweight GPS unit that sits on the hot shoe and makes it easy for photographers to geo-tag their images. A GPS Logger function also allows photographers to track their route by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, whether the unit is attached to the camera body or stored in its case. The GP-E2 is compatible with the EOS-1D X, EOS 7D (via Firmware update - connection via cable only - See our Further Details tab) and new EOS 5D Mark III, the GP-E2 tags photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken, adding information to the EXIF file of the image. More
The GP-E2 unit uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to search for satellite signals. In good conditions a strong signal will be detected within 30 to 60 seconds of start-up. After acquisition, the GP-E2 will remain on standby. The high-sensitivity receiver ensures that even in ‘urban canyons’ with tall buildings, working with the GP-E2 should still be possible.
A built-in geomagnetic sensor to calculate direction and an acceleration sensor to compensate for movement are included within the GP-E2. This helps increase accuracy and, when mounted on the camera, will allow you to determine which way you were pointing when viewing the images on the map overlay later. The information from the two sensors is recorded along with the location GPS data. The camera direction at any given time can be shown on the rear LCD screen, both when viewing the electronic level and during Live View shooting.
Auto time setting
GPS satellites contain a very accurate atomic clock that transmits Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC). This data can be used by the GP-E2 to set the time on the camera it is attached to. In this way, it is possible to very accurately set the time of a camera automatically, wherever you are in the world.
Included with the GP-E2 is software called Map Utility. When using the GP-E2 in logging mode, the log data is stored in the NMEA-0813 format compatible with many typical GPS devices. Google Earth, and other similar software don’t support the NMEA-0813 standard; instead these use KMZ files. As well as allowing you to view the log track within Map Utility and append data to captured images, the Map Utility software will also convert the NMEA-0813 format to KMZ format so you can use your logged data with other software.
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Does what it says on the box
from Banchory, Scotland
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver:
Probably an expensive toy, but if you want to Geo-Tag your images without further work it does the job well. Only a shame the 5D Mk III does not have one built in!Drawback is that it takes up the hotshoe position, if a flash is needed the unit needs a bracket and USB link cable which then becomes a bulky proposition.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Does a good job
About Me Professional
Very easy to use. With my IDX and 5DIII It records exact location, compass direction of shot and synchronised time via satellite. It is quite big but can be put in pocket provided it can see the satellite signals. I would like a better indication of battery status. It is quite expensive like all high-end Canon gear but well-made and reliable.
(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Canon 7D With GPS
I have been using a Canon 7D for about 2 1/2 years and I bought it as my main camera to use or my self and during a Photo & Video Foundation Degree.I heard through the Canon Pro website that an Issue 2 firmware was being released for the 7D and part of this inlude the aility to use the Canon 7D (along with the 1X and 5D MkIII) wih the Canon GP-E2 GPS.So I ordered one from Wex. What I did not know was that fr the 7D you have to connect the GPSto the cameras USB port there by giving a route in which water could enter.But of a more significate problem is that it is almost imposible to use the camera with the camera strap as the USB cable gets in the way.Also as well as being able to use the GPS on camera you can also use it to log journy's, that is except if you have a Mac as the GpS Map Software does not work with the Mac.So, yes its a good bit of kit but a bit more thinking should have been done in selling it to people who have mac's and 7D's !
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
A simple must have for any photographer
from The hills of the Paek District
About Me Casual user, Getting started, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
How often have you looked back at your past photo files and said "great picture I wonder where I took it!" This device with the bundled map utility solves this problem. Quickly see where you took the picture, in what direction and elevation. Also the log function tracks your walks and shows where you stop to take your pictures, on or off road. So simple but so useful.
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