Judging by the sudden swell of unread emails in our InBox with the subject "Nikon GPS..." there were a lot of readers interested in the subject of geotagging images. We will go and try out the Nikon GP-1 this weekend. First, we wanted to show how easy it was to get this GPS module up and running.
As we had indicated in the FirstLook write-up, the Nikon GP-1 gets its power from the camera. When the unit is properly attached and the camera turned on, the GPS module will automatically try to lock on the satellites. When the LED on the GP-1 is blinking red, it means it is trying to acquire a signal.
In addition to the LED, there is a GPS status icon in the top LCD panel of the camera. The detail information is available in the GPS section in the "tools" menu. There are two options in the GPS section: Auto Meter-off, Position.
The Auto Meter-off will save the camera's battery (w/ the GP-1 attached) by turning off the exposure meters after a set period of time of no activity. The Position page shows the current GPS location info when it has acquired at least 3 satellites.
When four or more satellites have been acquired, the LED will go from blinking green to a steady green. We were impressed that the GP-1 had no problem getting a fix on our position even when inside. Now that we have the module installed, we'll take it out this weekend and check out the accuracy of the GPS info. [Permalink]- Nikon GP-1 Installation