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ATP Photo Finder review | Introduction

Published on: Thursday, May 1st 2008                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

ATP Photo Finder review

T he Taiwanese company ATP Electronics, founded in 1991, mainly aims at producing flash memory products. Besides memory cards, USB drives and card readers, ATP Electronics recently also produced the ATP Photo Finder. This GPS picture tracker calculates and registers your GPS position whilst time synchronisation links it to your digital camera, thus registering where and when a picture was taken. Picasa2, Google Earth and Google Maps software enable you to have a visual view of the geographic location the picture was taken. This free online application also allows for sharing your pictures with other people. We had the opportunity to test the ATP Photo Finder, our findings can be read in the following GPS Picture Tracker review!

ATP Photo Finder review

 

ATP geottaging device

ATP geottaging device

ATP GPS photo tracker design

The ATP Photo Finder comes in four different colours; besides the green with black model we tested, black/white, white/black and white/orange versions are also available. The bright green part feels a bit like rubber. The black parts, used for the edges of the GPS Photo tracker, are made of plastic. With its dimensions of 3x1.5x1 inch, I wouldn’t exactly call the ATP Photo Finder compact. However; the included carbine clip - completely carried out in black plastic - offers a great solution. Furthermore, the ATP Photo Finder features a 128x32 Dot Matrix FSTN monitor which puts this ATP a step ahead of the competition, since most GPS photo trackers lack a monitor. The monitor offers information about your position through coordinates and the current date and time. Besides the Photo Finder and the carbine clip, a mini USB cable and a quick user’s guide in English are included in the package. The whole set is delivered in a simple cardboard box.

ATP Photo GPS review

ATP Photo GPS review

GPS Buttons & Connections

Besides the on/off button there are two more buttons placed on the top side of the Photo Finder. Looking at their functions these buttons have a rather special symbol. The symbols used are 'back' and 'forward' where as in fact they just serve to select 'Yes' and 'No'. You use these buttons to transfer pictures to and from the device to the computer. On the back of the GPS device, the battery compartment is found, which houses two AAA batteries. To the right we find the connections to plug in a mini USB cable and an SD / MMC / MS memory card. Furthermore, three LED indicator lamps are placed to the right of the monitor, showing the status of the memory, GPS reception and battery. Applying a monitor is great; however, it should have been developed further in my opinion. The light of the monitor is rather weak, which makes it difficult to read anything at all in broad daylight. On top of that the monitor is extremely scratch-prone which does not add to its readability.

 
 
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