Pentax O-GPS1 out yet?


geclinke

Link Posted 28/06/2011 - 22:53
Anyone know if the gps unit is available yet? I see srs say end of June, which is soon.
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Mikerobe

Link Posted 30/06/2011 - 22:56
geclinke wrote:
Anyone know if the gps unit is available yet? I see srs say end of June, which is soon.

It now says July.....

Mike

Chris@SRSWATFORD

Link Posted 14/07/2011 - 16:11
Now in stock!

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lemmy

Link Posted 17/07/2011 - 22:40
I have a Garmin eTrex (about 60) so before a shoot in multiple locations I make sure the K5 and eTrex times are in sync - they always are. Then, when I get back, I open the eTrex track in Google Earth and I can see the exact locations I was in at the time the picture was taken.

The thing is about the eTrex that it has so many more uses than a dedicated GPS camera unit and is a quarter the price. One of the best uses - if you go to the NEC or O2 or a strange town, just Mark where your car is parked. Never lose your car again!
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Anvh

Link Posted 17/07/2011 - 22:49
Ah but this dedicated GPS has some more tricks...
It also records direction not just position and it can do astro tracking.
it can't find your parked car though...
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 17/07/2011 - 23:59
What if you want to use a flash with this unit?
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 18/07/2011 - 00:03
I am guessing it doesn't need to be hotshoe mounted as long as it's close. But how likely is it you're gonna use flash for the sort of photography this unit's intended for? (Outdoor trekking and astrophotography)?
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 18/07/2011 - 01:25
Pentaxophile wrote:
I am guessing it doesn't need to be hotshoe mounted as long as it's close. But how likely is it you're gonna use flash for the sort of photography this unit's intended for? (Outdoor trekking and astrophotography)?

Astrophotography often needs a flash. Ever tried snapping a black hole without one. And Uranus often needs more illumination.


but that aside ... I would want ALL my pics to be GPS stamped if I had such a facility.

The circuitry/chips to provide GPS is damn cheap given it's mass produced these days and is incorporated into many millions of mobile phones and satnavs.

I fully expect Pentax's next top model, the Ricoh K-3, to have GPS built in.

Crikey, even over a year ago, this little Panasonic compact had GPS built in

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012605panazs7.asp

.. and you can fficial&client=firefox-a#q=Panasonic+TZ10&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GBfficial&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbo=u&tbm=shop&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wf&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=3f25acabc71a30e&biw=1378&bih=837" class="outlink" target="blank">buy the whole camera for LESS than the O-GPS1.
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 18/07/2011 - 01:29
I see the bad coding of the forum can't cope with a google shopping URL

Type Panasonic TZ10 into google.co.uk and hit the shopping button Around 175 for w hole camera with GPS
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 18/07/2011 - 01:37
Lighting uranus is best attempted with off camera flash in any case. And it's always best to angle the light directly into the black hole.
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 18/07/2011 - 01:40
Come to think of it, i'd have to resort to a 'painting with light' approach these days... But yes if they could get the gps in with no cost or battery life penalty, why not.
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Gwyn

Link Posted 18/07/2011 - 09:38
That is the important qualifier - the battery life. Plus how quickly it can find the satellite. Most in camera ones take a while to find the satellite and are not always in good contact with it - they need to see the sky, so are no good in a car for instance, and if you want to grab a quick photo en-route you have to wait for them to re-find the satellite.


I could be tempted by the Pentax one if it were a bit cheaper. It would be nice to be able to miss out the stage on the computer of tagging the photos but it is no big deal really.
I wouldn't need the astro stuff though so for now I am happy with my Qstarz logger, which doesn't need to see the sky.
Mine logged the entire trip in Norway except when the aurora interfered, and it was usually several decks down in a metal ship.
It has even logged a flight, when I forgot to turn it off.

geclinke

Link Posted 22/07/2011 - 23:09
Woohoo, ordered. I'll let you know how it performs.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 23/07/2011 - 02:01
geclinke wrote:
Woohoo, ordered. I'll let you know how it performs.

I suppose the test is to upload a pic to Google Earth and see how accurate the placement is compared to a known shooting location.

I'd love geo-location on my pics. however with two K-5s, I can't afford 400 to equip them both.

better to spend 60 or whatever on a stand alone unit and have it tag the pics from both cameras when I get home from it's log file
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

geclinke

Link Posted 24/07/2011 - 00:00
The camera mounted option fits with my lazy arsedness.
Perhaps the k3 will support Bluetooth options. I use a very good Bluetooth gps dongle (gets a signal while in my pocket or bag) when I'm hiking or skiing.
Conversion technology is good, but if I'm not outside, then I know where I was anyway so perhaps not so useful.
I am looking forward to seeing exactly where I was while diving though, at least before I got under the water anyway.
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