The Nikon GP1-CA90 cable for connection to cameras with accessory terminals. Cable for connecting the GP-1 to a D90, D600, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 or D7000. Comes supplied with the GP-1.
Reviewed by 3 customers
As I am sitting here I have yet another broken or port to the device. This is my second cable as the first broke when I forgot that I had it in and as it protrudes at 90 degrees it bent. I have either now broken the port or the cable. Sony is beating them as it is almost standard with their products.
I have used the GP1 unit with my D300 for a couple of years without problems. It mounts sensibly, flush against the body of the camera and the cable screws into its socket. Then I upgraded to a D7000 and woe: the alternate cable used to attach the GP1 to this camera is totally different. I could see it was vulnerable, sticking out at right angles at the bottom left of the camera and no sensible screw lock this time. So I have been so, so careful but inevitably, one day I found it bent at a crazy angle and after a couple of days, the plug broke off completely. I concur with other reviewers that Nikon owes us a redesigned cable. Until then I suppose I'll have to look for a replacement.
I was a "first adopter" of the GP-1 over a year ago when it first came out. The GP-1 has its quirks, but it works and provides a convenient and accurate means of geotagging photos directly. My camera is a D90, therefore, I have to use the CA90 cable to connect the GPS unit to my camera. The CA90 is an incredible weak point and point of damage and failure for both the GP-1 unit and the D90 port. Why? It sticks about a half an inch straight out from the left side of the D90 camera body. So, if the D90 is mounted on the hot shoe - which is the opitmal position to get GPS lock up - the cable has to travel 90-degrees connect to the camera body. This exposes the cable to damage and even worse, the port inside the D90 body to damage as the cable plug point is jostled and struck. I have personally gone through three cables, others have had a similar experience, however, I have been more fortunate than many others who have had their port damaged by the CA90 cable as it moves fore and aft due to incidental contact. The bottom line is the CA90 is poorly designed and should be recalled and replaced by another cable that provides more a of flush mount that would travel parallel to the camera body rather than directely perpendicular to it. I cannot believe given all the complaints, damaged CA90 cables, and damaged D90 bodies that Nikon has yet to remedy this situation.