Now I know where I was
Geotagging is a huge thing right now. The world is flooding with navigators and GPS-gadgets that can plot anything on a map down to a few feet of accuracy. A good friend of mine - and fellow Nikonian by the way - has a wristwatch that tracks his whereabouts. Every time he enters his home after having jogged or ridden his high tech bike, it downloads his route over a wireless connection and is able to plot it immediately on a map.
Tagging images has been an option in Nikon cameras for a while, and The Nikonians PhotoProShop is now able to deliver a GPS that talks to Nikon cameras. My kind mail-lady delivered such a gizmo this morning (and fed the dog biscuits as she always does), and it's currently charging in a USB-port on my laptop - the GPS, that is, not the dog... Solmeta DPGPS-N2 is the catchy and sexy name of this little gadget. The size of a small matchbox, it fits snugly in the hot shoe on top of the camera and connects to the 10-pin remote plug on the front of the camera. It has its own source of power or can draw on the camera battery, and will - once it's connected to enough GPS-satellites - provide a geotag that can be embedded in all images on Nikon's top-end cameras, counting from the D2 and on - D2XS, D2X, D2HS, D200, D300, D3 and probably on the D700 too. This little darling also has a compass built in, so it can tell you what way you faced when shooting the camera - but unfortunately not on my D200.
The Solmeta GPS is priced at about 280 Euros or 330 US$ in the PhotoProShop. This might seem expensive, but most other solutions require you to buy a separate GPS along with some kind of adapter for the camera - mostly clumsier and much more expensive. Like in MUCH more.
Most of the nice features of the Solmeta provides that you simply plug it in to the camera and turn it on. The compass requires that you mount it in the hot shoe so that it faces the same way as the camera. With all this in place, you are ready to plot your images on a map like Google's. There is software on the accompanying cd with geomapping capability. Simply browse to a folder with your tagged images and they are plotted on a Google Map.
I took the Solmeta for a ride today. Danish sailboat builder X-Yachts is holding a regatta in the harbor of Copenhagen, and sure enough, there were plenty large sailboats at the docks. After having shot all the beautiful boats, I could see on my computer exactly where each individual shot was taken.
I will soon embark on a small holiday in Berlin, and it will be great to have the camera and the Solmeta in sweet harmony recording where I shot all the images that I intend to shoot on this trip.
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