Go where photography is headed with the Promote GPS! Now photographers can harness GPS technology to pinpoint the precise location from which a photograph is taken. Called "geotagging", this new technology embeds geographic information into a photograph along with the time and date stamp.
The Promote GPS Receiver features the SiRF Star III chip, which excels at acquiring and maintaining a GPS signal lock. The GPS unit consumes less than 55mA from the camera, making it one of the most power-efficient GPS receivers available for Nikon and Fuji DSLR cameras. It will automatically power up and down along with camera exposure meter, allowing for further saving of the camera batterypower.
Promote GPS is compatible with the following DSLR cameras:
• Nikon D300, D700, D3, D2X, D2Xs, D2Hs, D200
• Fuji S5 Pro, IS Pro
Most Liked Positive Review
GPS Mde Easy
What can I say...I just plugged into my D300 turned it on, and after about 30 seconds it was locked into a satellite.That is all there is to it. Click on the coordinates it Lightroom and connect with Google Earth pinpointing exactly where you took the photo. I have seen some gallery submission forms lately that actually have a space for GPS information. Could I have lived without it??? Yes, but not after using it. One thing, do not set the camera metering to stay on...it will run the battery ...View full Review
What can I say...I just plugged into my D300 turned it on, and after about 30 seconds it was locked into a satellite.That is all there is to it. Click on the coordinates it Lightroom and connect with Google Earth pinpointing exactly where you took the photo. I have seen some gallery submission forms lately that actually have a space for GPS information. Could I have lived without it??? Yes, but not after using it. One thing, do not set the camera metering to stay on...it will run the battery down in short order. Using the default setting, no battery issues.
Most Liked Negative Review
The gps unit didn't work at all
Reviewed by 14 customers
I used it last weekend in the field from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. shooting lizards,for the LA Museum of natural history, and it worked great. I heard that these devices use a lot of power but at the end of the day, I still had 73% left and took more than 150 shots. Can't use it at the same time as the remote trigger.
I find it cumbersome and use a coolpix 9300 or AW 100 to take GPS photo to locate area at same time
I bought this so I could find out later where exactly I took a certain photo of a landscape or building. On the first trip, the cord had come loose from the connector into the camera, and you had to squish it in to make it work. I returned it immediately and didn't want to order another.
Used on Nikon D3 & D700, very dependable half the price of Nikon's GPS. Powering up may take 3+ minutes to lock on to satellites, depends on location. I use Google Maps to pinpoint locations, inserting the memory card in a reader & open photos in Mac preview, pressing command+ i up comes the EXIF file, select GPS & press locate, Google maps will pinpoint address and show mapped location. I love this product, great for travel, landscapes & wildlife. The only (small) con is it uses the hot shoe, you cant use it for anything else, but it does come with a bracket to attach it to the neck strap, but not easy to use, gets in the way.
I use this product with my D3 for tagging locations for aerial work. It works well, however the wiring from the camera to the unit is so thin and weak that breaks off with the normal wear, causing lost of signal. I would only recommend the product if this issue is fixed by the manufacturer.
The gps unit didn't work at all
Just returned from two weeks hiking in Europe with this device on my Nikon D200 camera the whole time (the camera slung from my pack harness with a carabiner). Had to watch battery life, by switching off. It comes back to life quickly, however. I note that on my D700 it goes into the resting mode automatically. The plug into the camera is angled directly upwards, rather than downward and out beyond the camera edge with most other devices. This protects it nicely. A competing model broke off the first time in the field. In bad weather, I would use a point and shoot camera with its clock synced to to my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx. Works OK, but not as convenient as having the camera dedicated unit on the DSLR.
I needed two GPS units to tag on two bodies at the same time. The Promote Systems unit is simple, and works well right out of the box. The current version ships with a small plastic piece that allows the GPS unit to hang from the camera strap, freeing up the hot shoe for other uses. My first unit failed after about 6 weeks. The cable inside the strain relief at the top must be awfully thin. The connection is intermittent at best. The second unit failed within another month. As a design flaw, it's huge. I shoot for a living, but I'm easy on my gear. I suspect the cables failed due to repeated contact with the padded sided of a camera case. The manufacturer has been responsive, so I am not writing this product off completely. Both are going back tomorrow, and I am considering adding additional strain relief once I receive the replacements. This product is great for casual use, but may not be for daily professional use. Since it worked quite well with reasonable signal locks times, and low battery consumption, I would give it a thumbs-up for light duty.
When traveling, it is often difficult to recall exactly where an image was taken. This product resolves that problem completely - it will even show you the exact spot on Google Earth! It even works indoors for me. Faster satellite capture than my Garmin handheld. No internal battery but very slight drain on the camera battery. I noticed very little, if any difference in power consumption. The unit is designed to mount on the hot shoe which prevents the use of flash (even the pop-up flash) but it does include a device to attach it to the camera shoulder strap. I use a hand strap but was able to fabricate an attachment for the lug for the shoulder strap that works well. You also lose the use of the 10 pin connector and consequently are not able to use a remote shutter release but you can use the self timer. All in all, a great product that I highly recommend.
The unit was fantastic in difficult terrain (temperate rainforests). It probably took 30-45 seconds to get a bearing when first started up in a new location (100km or more from previous location), but after that it was up and running in just a few seconds if the camera had been switched off. Fantastic!