GPS and geotagging with the Nikon D5300 in detail

The GPS receiver is integrated with the Nikon D5300. How good is the reception performance? Is the A-GPS good and how does the track logger work? Review with all information about geotagging.


Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

In the review of the Nikon D5300, I have already briefly on one of the unique features of the latest Nikon camera, the built-in GPS receiver, received.

This article is about the details of the Geotagging function with the built-in GPS receiver.

GPS position in the photo

System menu - Position data

System menu – Position data

The obligatory program for geotagging is the addition of latitude and longitude as well as height information. For both JPG and RAW files, the Nikon D5300 does.

Best GPS reception

Best GPS reception

Activate the recording of the positions in the system menu under Position data. On the info screen or during the live view view, a small satellite icon informs you about GPS reception.

Let’s get to the freestyle: direction information and coordinate buffer.

Without a built-in compass, the D5300 must fit the direction information. I do not think so bad, but would have been nice.

Much worse is the missing coordinate buffer. If GPS reception is interrupted in a photo, for example in a building, the position values ​​remain empty. Here would actually apply: “Better a bad coordinate than no position”.

Summary: The built-in geotagging system of the Nikon D5300 offers up to here no more than with the external Nikon GP-1 is possible.

Position data in the video

When GPS is active, video files are also provided with position data. In the Exif data is written the place where the recording was started. If the camera is moved during recording, the distance covered can not be deduced from the video data.

Display of GPS data

This is how the geodata is displayed This is how the geodata is displayed

In order to be able to control the coordinates on the display, the item ” Recording data” must be activated in the playback menu under ” Options for playback view “.

Faster position thanks to A-GPS

A-GPS data is updated

A-GPS data is updated

Thanks to the Assisted GPS feature, the camera finds a position much faster. We remember: Camera without A-GPS can search for 15 minutes.

Predicted orbit data is stored as a satellite timetable and the receiver knows where to find satellites.

With current data, the Nikon D5300 usually finds a valid outdoor position in about 8 to 15 seconds, according to my previous experience and measurements.

The A-GPS data can be downloaded from the Nikon website . A record contains the information for 28 days. With an update process, the data can be transferred to the camera for 14 days. A four-week holiday is thus possible without a download on the way. However, at half-time, the record must be imported again.

Check the validity of the A-GPS data

Check the validity of the A-GPS data

The validity is displayed in the menu under ” GPS options ” – ” Update A-GPS data “.

Stick with the logger record

GPS logger settings

GPS logger settings

Not only know where individual pictures were taken, but also the whole route can look at a map again. The recording of the route is suitable for this. With the integrated logger, the Nikon D5300 offers this feature.

Recorded either in 15, 30 or 60 seconds interval. To prevent the log function from being forgotten and the battery to be completely depleted, the recording duration is limited to 6, 12 or 24 hours when activated. The recording continues even when the camera is turned off.

The tracks are stored on the SD card in the folder ” NIKON / GNSS ” in NMEA format. The file extension is LOG, with which most GPS programs but can not do anything. Just rename the extension to NMEA and it works. If the tool does not understand NMEA, the way is still to use GPSBabel to create a GPX file. How that works, I showed in a how-to .

In practice, the logs make a good impression. After initial outliers, the track then runs with sufficient accuracy. Whether the camera hangs on the strap, is stowed in the camera bag or in the passenger footwell of the car.

Nikon D5300 with compass

The housing has only one GPS receiver installed. If the viewing direction is also to be written into the picture during recording, an external GPS device with compass is required. A report with the Solmeta Geotagger Pro 2 on the Nikon D5300 is available here .

Personal conclusion

GPS in the camera body GPS in the camera body

The step to GPS in the camera body is good and right. The advantages over the previous Nikon GP-1 solution are: no additional device with cable, A-GPS support and the track memory.

The log function is well implemented and by limiting the total runtime you will be saved from a battery that is normally drained of leaks.

Unfortunately it hapert in the GPS implementation. Start time without A-GPS too slow, awkward A-GPS update and the missing compass. However, most of all, I miss the coordinate buffer, so too many images are left out of position.