Oly, Panny and smartphone GPS tagging ...

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Oly, Panny and smartphone GPS tagging ...

Lately I've come to appreciate how useful it is to have GPS location info for my images. I've successfully setup both my Canon R & RP and to automatically attach GPS info to the images with no intervention on my part other than keeping the Canon app running on my smartphone (no setup each time I take pics). I can simply turn on the camera and it gets GPS info automatically. I can also check that this is working both by displaying the GPS info in one of the menu settings and there is also an info page for playback that shows the GPS info. Also, this is done via bluetooth without wi-fi, so battery drain is minimized.

I saw today that Olympus/OMD had a new version of their imaging app so I thought I'd explore its GPS/smartphone capabilities. I downloaded the app and set about seeing if I could get the GPS info attached to the images. I managed to connect to my EM10 IV via both bluetooth and wi-fi (apparently bluetooth only isn't really an option?). I enabled the 'Add Geotag' option and took a few pics. I was unable to find anywhere on the camera that I could check the location info for the photos so I transferred them to the phone and when I looked there was no location info. I noticed in the app there appeared to be some sort of geotag file created, but I don't know what it is for.

I also noticed in the ad for the new Oly image app it mentions the OM-1 as the only camera able to add location info via bluetooth. I think all others require wi-fi to be enabled and obviously an extra step or two that I missed.

I tried the same thing with my Panny G9 and had no better luck unfortunately.

It there a simple way to attach location info to the images via bluetooth from either Oly or Panny cameras? I don't want to have to run some sort of setup each time I turn the camera on and also don't want to use w-fi to avoid unnecessary battery drain.

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Jonathan

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