Canon GPS Geologger GP-E2 Introduced

Internal geotagging for Canon and route the photo tour record. Both make the new Geotagger Canon possible. In the first part presentation and short test.

 

Canon Geotagger GP-E2 (Photo: Canon)

Canon Geotagger GP-E2 (Photo: Canon)

Canon enters the market for accessory geotaggers with the GP-E2.

Until now, an expensive WLAN transmitter was required for internal geotagging with EOS cameras. At this a GPS receiver was connected.

Now, modern EOS SLR cameras do not require a cable to connect the camera to the GPS.

In addition to the pure coordinates for the photos, the GP-E2 also offers some additional features.

In the first part about geotagging with Canon SLR cameras I introduce you to the Geotagger GP-E2 in more detail.

When first unpacking, the first thing you notice is the size (5.4 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm). Ready for operation with an eneloop AA battery , the Geotagger weighs 110 grams. Is thus not a lightweight but on a neat SLR camera with lens still OK.

delivery

 Delivery Canon GP-E2

  • Geotagger GP-E2
  • Nylon bag
  • Fabric transport bag
  • Two different length cables for connecting GPS with camera
  • Manual and short instructions
  • CD with Map Utility Software

USB port for reading the logger

USB port for reading the logger

A cable to connect the Geotagger directly to the computer is unfortunately not included. For this, the cable from the scope of supply of the camera must be used. Alternatively, every standard mini-USB cable works.

Which cameras fits the GP-E2?

Canon EOS 7D and GP-E2
The “oldest” EOS camera which supports the Geotagger with restrictions. As of firmware version 2, the EOS 7D works together with the GPS module. At least partially. With the compass data, the camera can do nothing and ignores the viewing direction. Mechanically, the Geotagger can be mounted on the hot shoe. Nevertheless, the USB connection cable is always needed. Time sync and geotagging videos also does not work.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2

Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2

Canon EOS 5D Mark III and GP-E2
Here, the Geotagger plays its full power for the first time. All geotagging functions are supported as of firmware version 1.1.2. Communication takes place directly via the hot shoe. A USB cable is only necessary if the logger is to be mounted offside, such as during lightning.

Canon EOS 1DX and GP-E2
Canon’s top model supports all geotagger features. I am not aware of firmware limitations. Again, no USB cable is needed.

Canon EOS M and GP-E2
The mirrorless system camera can also be combined with the Geotagger.

Canon EOS 6D and GP-E2

GPS selection on the EOS 6D

GPS selection on the EOS 6D

Despite the fact that the EOS 6D already has a GPS chip built in, even with the small full-frame model, it is possible to connect the external GPS receiver – without a cable. In the menu can then be selected from where the geodata should come.

Canon EOS 650D and GP-E2
On the German website the GP-E2 is not listed as an accessory. The US sister model EOS Rebel T4i GPS is listed as an accessory. According to the test report by Didi on Tour works on a 650D with firmware 1.0.1 geotagging including direction information.

Functions – Or – What can I do with the GP-E2?

Enrich photos with coordinates
The GP-E2 sends the received coordinates to the camera. This integrates the position directly into the Exif data. Whether in JPG or CR2 (RAW) is photographed.

Geotagged videos
Just as with photos, the position is incorporated into the video file. And the position at the start of the recording.

Track the photo tour record
The GP-E2 has built-in memory to record the distance covered. And this works by the own battery also independent of the camera.

Camera clock with the exact sync
The GPS satellites send high-precision time information. These can be used to set the exact time in the camera.

First test: The GP-E2 as Geologger

For the first tests so insert the battery, switch to LOG and go. Even after half an hour driving in the car in the passenger seat, the GPS LED is still flashing fast. This indicates, according to manual on missing GPS reception. Later on the computer while reading the track, the route is complete except for the first few hundred meters.

In order to be able to use the GPS receiver protected even without a camera Canon delivers a fitting nylon pouch. This bag has a window for the switch and a flap in front of the USB port. The GP-E2 sits nicely taut in the bag. On the back of a loop for the belt is sewn.

Another word about the battery life. In pure logger operation, the GP-E2 with an eneloop has held at intervals of about 15 to 5 hours at recording intervals of 15 seconds or 5 seconds.

Interim conclusion Canon GP-E2

Canon GP-E2 in functional bag

Canon GP-E2 in functional bag

If the size and the price does not bother you, the Canon GP-E2 gives you an excellent geotagger for your Canon SLR camera. The workmanship and the feel is top. The fastening on the hot shoe also has an extremely high quality, with the rubber seal and the lock. Due to its own power supply via Mignon battery, the Geotagger does not load the camera battery and track recording is also possible without a camera.

I have to take a closer look at the topic with its illogically flashing LEDs.

More about using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III in the field test in the second part about geotagging with Canon EOS cameras.