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(based on 5 ratings)
Brand: GiSTEQ
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GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 for All Digital Cameras
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
1.8 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
20% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Cheap(3)
Cons:
Unstable(4)
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ recreational(5)
Was this a gift?:
No(3)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Needs an upgrade
By explorerVerified Reviewer from fremont, ca on 1/14/2011
Pros:
Cheap
Cons:
Short battery life, Unstable
Best Uses:
Learn about bad GPS
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about GiSTEQ GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 for All Digital Cameras:

I thought I was buying a set and forget type product, but I'm constantly worried about the battery dying. I've had mine go out after 5 hours, far short of the advertised time. 8 hours seems the max by cutting down on the scans, but there is no way to be certain about run time. I wish it were possible to change out the batteries.

Accuracy is about +/- 20 feet, worse if you happen to be next to a building. Still it is good for a good general location fix. Tracks are crazy if you loose lock, thank heaven for Google Earth for it's graphical editing feature.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Kinda woks
By sfsjkid from Fremont, ca on 1/11/2011
Pros:
Cheap, Long battery life
Cons:
Software buggy, Unstable
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about GiSTEQ GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 for All Digital Cameras:

The sale price was great at [$]so I thought why not, but I've currently think this will be my backup device for the reasons I'll get into. I actually have an iPhone, but constant use of the GPS runs the battery down too quickly and I don't see myself using any of the camera dongles due to the cable and/or general bulkiness.I got the unit in record time and installed the software on my PC. Neither the driver nor GPS software has Windows certificates, nor will Windows find the appropriate stuff on its own. One must use the setup programs provided by Gisteq. Yes, yes, it is more of a Windows problem but doesn't leave a warm and fuzzy feeling. Software does work as promised. I had to install the Mac software at work, and to my surprise found a very un-intuitive interface. One must create an album just to download tracks for example. Waypoints do not seem to be downloadable either. And while the PC software will display tracks on a map, one needs Google Earth to do this on a Mac. Also, one cannot change units (mile/km), and the PC version recommends erasing tracks from the device, upon download, not so on the Mac. Very confusing.As for the GPS recording, well it seems to work but easily confused by any nearby building taller than 4 stories. One does not need to be surrounded by tall buildings, just walking next to ONE can cause confusion. Startup can be problematic in that it can jump 1/2 a mile off but recovers quickly.I am going to keep using the device and see how it grows on me, I may be able to live with the errors. The long battery life will definitely make it useful as a backup device, ie just turn it on and forget it. Oh yes, since I shoot RAW, the camera manufacturers software is far more useful than the stuff provided.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
It works...
By sfsjkidVerified Reviewer from san jose, ca on 1/11/2011
Pros:
Battery life, Cheap, Compact
Cons:
Unstable
Best Uses:
Hiking/Backpacking, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about GiSTEQ GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 for All Digital Cameras:

I got it for [$] so I thought it was a good deal. While it does work, it is unpredictable when it loses GPS lock. My last trip shows that I travelled at 299 MPH for 1 mile for example, another time I travelled 300 miles in 10 minutes. So one has to remember to turn it off before going into buildings or just keep this in mind. It will be interesting to take to the city for right now it seems even a 3 story building on one side is enough to lose signal.Software is kinda quirky too. The Mac version is counterintuitive, one needs to create a new album before one can even download any tracks. This version also only works in metric, while the PC version give you a choice. The PC version recommends that the GPS tag be erased while the Mac version does not. And some hardware settings are available for one but not the other. It may be impossible to use both versions. I found it much easier to download a track then import that into my camera manufacturer's photo software.I like the fact that the battery is rechargeable and powers the unit for so long. It will proably make a good backup for whatever other unit I get.

[2 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
Easy to use
By MaliVerified Reviewer from Norway on 3/22/2010
Pros:
Accurate, Compact
Best Uses:
Hiking/Backpacking, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about GiSTEQ GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 for All Digital Cameras:

The PhotoTrackr rocks! The GPS is very accurate, very easy to set up and to use and it's so tiny you won't notice carrying it. It does everything advertised.

Strap it on to your photobag and when returning back home, start the import wizard. First the images are imported from the camera, then the GPS log is downloaded and then merged with the pictures.

(I have a MacBook Pro)

I am a big fan of the device!

[0 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Does not work with Mac
By Bruce the photo geekVerified Reviewer from Cleveland, OH on 1/20/2010
Cons:
Doesn't work, Not for Mac, Unstable
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about GiSTEQ GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 for All Digital Cameras:

The software does not work with Mac, the driver will not install correctly on a Mac. I called Gisteq but they have no solution, so they said return it. [...] I will never buy another Gisteq product, and I will never buy from Adorama again. I reinstalled the driver and the software many times, and still it does not work with a Mac. Many people have this problem, some got it to work but most have not. Don't waste you money on this device or Gisteq devices if you use a Mac.

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