what is the gp-1A about?

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees
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what is the gp-1A about?
Oct 16, 2012

With the D600 Nikon seems to have released a new GPS called the GP-1A, the old model was just GP-1.

Does this mean the old GP-1 doesn't work on the D600? Can anybody who has this combination confirm this? I have a GP-1 which I use on my D300 and I was expecting to be able to buy it on a D600 I will buy once the price has fallen to a sensible level in the UK (it's getting close but I think under £1500 is a sensible price).

My D300 uses the 10pin connector but the GP-1 also comes with a connector that fits into the shutter release on the smaller Nikons. This works fine on the D7000 so I was expecting it to work fine on the D600.

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davidwheelerphd
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Re: what is the gp-1A about?
In reply to FuzzTheKingOfTrees, Oct 26, 2012

From the Nikon Web Page:  http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25488/D600.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

 and the GP-1A GPS unit are compatible with the D600. GP-1 GPS unitBoth the 
Now, I am trying to find out the difference between the two. What is new about the GP-1A?

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inasir1971
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Save yourself $300
In reply to davidwheelerphd, Oct 26, 2012

The GP-1A looks pretty much like the GP-1 which I have.

Let me save you $300 - don't get it, it sucks. For $300 bucks you expect something that is sort of useful.

Cr@ppy things about the GP-1:

  • needs good view of sky to get signal, slow lock
  • GPS coordinates are only recorded when the unit has a lock (i.e. anytime something blocks the sky, you have no GPS data and no location info) - e.g. it doesn't use the last known position when you enter a building
  • incredibly inconvenient - stiff cable which dwarfs the unit gets in the way of everything
  • mounting on the hot shoe means flash cannot be opened
  • while the unit has a cable to connect to a 10 pin socket, there is no way to connect a 10 pin remote to the unit - so people using 10 pin remotes are supposed to buy another remote?
  • no direction information - though the camera will display it (I believe some alternatives to, which would be good for logging direction shot taken)
  • they have actually raised the price on this??? I think it was around $200+

If you really want to throw away $300 - send it to me. Alternatively give it to charity.

Alternate solutions:

  • take a picture with your smart phone at every location you want to log and copy the data from the smart phone picture using View NX - smart phones use assisted GPS and are far more accurate and many (like iPhones) will have a location inside buildings etc. Even if you were using a GP-1 mounted to your camera, you will most likely not have GPS data for most images for the reasons above and will have to copy.
  • run an application on your smart phone like gps4cam
  • try an alternative product like Aokatec (around $80)- in order to be worse than the Nikon GP-1, it would have to be so incredibly poor. If it mounts on the camera like it's supposed to, it's already doing better.
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Mr Fartleberry
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Re: Save yourself $300
In reply to inasir1971, Sep 9, 2013

inasir1971 wrote:

The GP-1A looks pretty much like the GP-1 which I have.

Let me save you $300 - don't get it, it sucks. For $300 bucks you expect something that is sort of useful.

Cr@ppy things about the GP-1:

  • needs good view of sky to get signal, slow lock
  • GPS coordinates are only recorded when the unit has a lock (i.e. anytime something blocks the sky, you have no GPS data and no location info) - e.g. it doesn't use the last known position when you enter a building
  • incredibly inconvenient - stiff cable which dwarfs the unit gets in the way of everything
  • mounting on the hot shoe means flash cannot be opened
  • while the unit has a cable to connect to a 10 pin socket, there is no way to connect a 10 pin remote to the unit - so people using 10 pin remotes are supposed to buy another remote?
  • no direction information - though the camera will display it (I believe some alternatives to, which would be good for logging direction shot taken)
  • they have actually raised the price on this??? I think it was around $200+

If you really want to throw away $300 - send it to me. Alternatively give it to charity.

Alternate solutions:

  • take a picture with your smart phone at every location you want to log and copy the data from the smart phone picture using View NX - smart phones use assisted GPS and are far more accurate and many (like iPhones) will have a location inside buildings etc. Even if you were using a GP-1 mounted to your camera, you will most likely not have GPS data for most images for the reasons above and will have to copy.
  • run an application on your smart phone like gps4cam
  • try an alternative product like Aokatec (around $80)- in order to be worse than the Nikon GP-1, it would have to be so incredibly poor. If it mounts on the camera like it's supposed to, it's already doing better.

All true. I despise that wallet sucker. I bought a Nikon 100AW for GPS fixes and transfer the co-ordinates. Lot more useful than the hot shoe warmer.

New materials? That's a bit scary. Like the battery latches on the old D200/MB-100? grip?

Oh and let's not forget the price gouge. Have a look at http://www.photoprice.ca and see.

Like the insulting D800 grip price ripoff, I'd never buy these sort of Nikon accessories ever again.

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