Easytag GPS Module
freetrack | Product Reviews & Previews | Published Dec 19, 2012
The easiest way how to geotag (add location information) your photos is to use a camera with built-in GPS, or to connect an external GPS to your camera. Nikon offers GPS module GP-1, but after reading several reviews on the internet, I decided to look for a 3rd party solution.
EasyTagger's Easytag is a GPS module that can connect to a Nikon or Fujifilm S5 Pro camera, or you can use it just to log your route and then synchronize the location data with your photos through time stamp in your PC, so you can use it with any camera. The module is sold in 2 versions, one connects to camera via bluetooth, the other one via cable. It has its own built-in lithium-ion battery, that should work for about 12 hours. The model with cable has the advantage, that after the module’s battery is empty, it will take power from the camera’s battery, so you can use it for longer trips.
The box contains the GPS module itself, USB cable, cable to connect to camera, the extension shoe, 2 straps, micro-SD card reader and a manual. Micro-SD card is also included and is already inserted in the module. You can attach the module directly to the camera's hot shoe (in this case you will not be able to use the camera's built-in flash), or use the attached extender, which places the module higher and therefore doesn't prevent the built-in flash from poping-up. If you don't want to put it onto the camera, you can use the attached velcro straps to attach it for example to camera strap.
The case of the module is plastic, but it feels OK. The disadvantage is that the hot-shoe is not lockable, so although it keeps steady, it is made out of plastic and it can lose traction after longer use. On the top you can find the led-light that shows the status. On the front (facing the lens) is the button that is used to calibrate the compass (that shows you the direction in which you were taking the picture). You will use it only once, or in case you travelled more than 1500 kilometers, as it needs to be adjusted to the Earth's magnetic north. On the back (facing the camera's display) is the micro-SD card slot and the switch (off-on-all). When in "on" position, it turns on and off with the camera (and every time searches for a signal, although very quick). The "all" positions keeps the power on all the time. It is good for tracking your route. The disadvantage is the battery consumption. On the left side is the USB connector used to connect the module to camera, PC, or to an AC/DC adaptor for charging, and a connector to connect the remote shutter release.
I was positively surprised how quickly the module connected to the satellites. It was shipped from Hong Kong, so travelled few thousands kilometers to Europe, and after turning it on it took only about a minute to be operational. After travelling another 300 kilometers, it got the signal very quickly, within seconds. It uses MTK chipset that should provide high sensitivity and low power consumption.
I used the module with Nikon D600 and it works perfectly well. The camera shows a GPS icon when connected on back display after pressing the info button. The GPS coordinates are saved with every photo, and it shows additional screen with the coordinates in the playback mode.
Easytag GPS module has sensitive chipset, solid battery life, and does its job very well. It is very easy to use and very good alternative to the more expensive Nikon GP-1. You can find more information on http://www.e-geotag.com. After you input EASYT002 when purchasing the product you will get 20% discount for this Christmas.