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ATP Photo Finder review | Geotagging

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

GPS satellites

GPS satellites

GPS signal

Before being able to start your route and take pictures, the Photo Finder has to obtain sufficient GPS signal. This is an automatically generated process that you can't influence, other than the fact that you'd best go outside and find an open spot. Since the GPS antenna is placed on the left side, it is wise to keep this side up to try and speed up the reception of the GPS signal. According to ATP this process should not take more than 45 seconds. I experienced various time differences but it took me at least a few minutes every time to obtain a signal. At times the ATP Photo Finder failed entirely in connecting to a sufficient amount of GPS satellites. I have tested many GPS receivers before at the same location and never before did I encounter that many problems obtaining sufficient GPS signal. A disappointing start; who likes to fiddle around for ten minutes before finally hitting the road and starting off on your route?

Photo geotagging

Photo geotagging

Synchronization with a digital camera

As soon as the ATP Photo Finder obtained sufficient GPS signal, I synchronized the time of my digital camera with that of the GPS picture tracker. This way the GPS device is able to tag your pictures; meaning that it is capable of registering your route and remembering where and when the associated pictures were taken. Once the times were synchronized, I set off. Unfortunately I had to stop several times en route to retrieve the lost GPS signal. There is no indication whatsoever, such as a beep, when signal is lost. Just as well, perhaps, considering it would have meant a constant beep in my ear…. The information is shown on the monitor, so covering the monitor with your hand to create some shade will allow you to read it. Still, you don’t want to have to deal with this all the time. If however you want to make sure the GPS data of your pictures is stored correctly, you have to check the ATP Photo Finder regularly to see if it is still receiving the GPS signal, otherwise you might get terribly disappointed coming home without the proper data in your device.

 

Transferring photos to a PC

A fter capturing some pictures I inserted the SD card of my camera in the Photo finder. You are asked automatically whether or not you want to link the GPS data to the JPEG files. This is a fast and easy process. The ATP Photo Finder works well with all the renowned digital camera brands. A compatibility list is included in the manual, although the list is somewhat outdated. My digital camera for instance was not mentioned in the manual but still worked well. The Canon brand does not appear on the list either but on the package it states that these cameras should also work with the ATP Photo Finder.

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