Sony lets photographers record where they shot

Sony has stepped up its commitment to digital photography by unveiling a new device that lets photographers return to the exact location where they snapped that elusive money shot.

Using time and location recordings on the new device – the GPS CS1- and the clock on a digital camera, photo buffs can plot their digital images to a map, enabling them to pinpoint where they’ve been.

Although some cameras come with GPS tracking system built-in, the new device has the same effect yet fixes onto the photographer, such as through their belt loop or backpack.

It comes with an attachment for easy fastening, and weighs just 55g (without batteries) and is about three-and-a-half inches long, making it ideal for roaming photographers.

“Whether you’re traveling to the Seven Wonders of the World, or just wondering where to buy your next house, our new GPS device can track your journey,” said David Johns, product manager for digital camera accessories at Sony Electronics

“Adding a geographic context to your digital images helps organise and make use of your photos in entirely new ways.”

The company said photo fans can arrange their pictures geographically, by importing the logged data from the GPS device thanks to a supplied USB cable, to then download the images onto a PC.

Also supplied with the device is GPS Image Tracker software to synchronise the images on the camera with the latitude, longitude and time readings from the GPS CS1.

“Once synchronised, your photos can become virtual push pins on an online map by activating the Picture Motion Browser software,” Sony said in a statement.

“You can easily add new photos and coordinates to the mapping web site, courtesy of Google Maps, and showcase years of globe-trotting.”

The device holds about 360 (30MB) hours of data, equivalent to one month of tracking recorded every 15 seconds.

According to product specifications, efficient design allows up to 10 hours of use with alkaline batteries, or 14 hours with Ni-MH batteries.


 

12th September 2006

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