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ATP Photo Finder review | Rating & Conclusion

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

ATP Photo Finder Conclusion

ATP Photo Finder Conclusion

Geottaging photos

Geotagging is hot these days, even more now GPS receivers have started their march. Geotagging is registering a route and storing data at the same time about when and where a picture was taken. The ATP Photo Finder is a GPS device that allows you to tag pictures this way. When you take the ATP Photo Finder along with you on your trip, you really don't have to mind the environment you're in. According to the specifications this GPS receiver withstands temperatures from -30˚C to 85˚C and heights up to 60000 feet. Sadly to say, I can't call the ATP Photo Finder a user-friendly device. Not so much because of its operation, since there aren't that many buttons. It's more a matter of the GPS experiencing extreme difficulties in order to obtain sufficient signal. Perhaps it would work better on a different spot. Still, during the testing of other GPS receivers at the same woody location, I have seen better results. The scratch-prone monitor that is also hard to read is annoying. It's nice that there is a monitor available, but this one does not add a surplus value. Furthermore, the battery compartment has not been developed properly, which makes the batteries tend to pop out.

Uploading photos on Google Earth

Uploading photos on Google Earth

ATP Photo GPS receiver

Uploading photos to a PC on the other hand is a piece of cake. Unfortunately there is no proper software included to allow projecting pictures on Google Earth. Using an online program such as Picasa2 still enables doing so. This allows you to view where exactly the photos were taken. The ATP Photo Finder is available at a price of 120 US $. Personally I find it a lot of money for what's offered. The product has brought me more sorrow than joy. It is a great pity because the concept is fine; it’s just not properly developed. ATP will have to carry out many improvements before they have a truly durable and excellent GPS receiver in their assortment. If you still want to purchase a geotagging device, you might want to look for the Gisteq Photo Trackr. It is a lot more user-friendly and offers more functions for the same amount of money.

 

GPS photo device

GPS photo device

Positives [+]

• Available in various colour varieties

ATP USB cable

ATP USB cable

Negatives [-]

• Not user-friendly
• Poorly readable monitor
• Batteries don't properly fit the compartment
• No software included
• High price tag

GPS picture tracker

GPS picture tracker

Review rating %

• Score: 45%
• Rather poor

 
 
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