Buckeye. 3:45pm, 31 January 2012
is the most recently-active thread I can find about the ups and downs of specific loggers.
Would users care to update it by providing info on what they're currently using and what they think of the device? - and/or other devices they know of which look good for photo-geotagging?

Does anyone have views on the miniHomer ? - on both its hardware and on the ntrip s/ware which seems to be a necesary additional additional purchase for using it as a GPS. Rather short battery life (12 hrs) might be its shortcoming.
9MacGyver9 Posted 7 years ago. Edited by 9MacGyver9 (member) 7 years ago
I use a Garmin Oregon 450. A while ago I created an Instructable that shows how to setup a separate profile just for geotagging: GeoTagging with a Standalone GPS Unit & GeoSetter.

I use the unit with my Nikon & Canon cameras and with my wife's PS. I keep it attached to my camera bag all of the time so it's always handy. The unit is loaded with maps I downloaded (free) for the entire US from GPSFileDepot and put on one 4G micro-SD card. Once I started using with geotagging applications I was hooked and have been geotagging ever since.

The Oregon units can be pricy, but they have several other functions that come in handy - especially the POIs function. I've found many photo-ops that some of the local people didn't even know existed!

The unit uses the same high quality NiMH batteries as my speedlites, so I carry a couple extra just in case I forget to recharge before leaving. The unit specs say they are good for about 15 hours, but I've used mine 16 & 17 hours - just a matter of how you configure the display and use the functions.

UPDATE: Someone asked if a Garmin Montana can be customized to show the 'seconds' in the time display similar to the Garmin Oregon in the Instructable. Although I don't have access to a Garmin Montana to test, I have added a comment to the original Instructable with instructions that should work.
IrenicRhonda Posted 7 years ago. Edited by IrenicRhonda (member) 7 years ago
I have looked at the mini Homer too. I don't think you have to use the recommended ntrip software. As long as ot produces a gpx or NMEA file you can still use GeoSetter (or LOCR or any of the free programmes that use gpx or NMEA)

edit to add from the website (Flickr won't allow me to post the URL?), about nTrip
Turn miniHomer into a GPS Guider
Turn miniHomer into a 250,000 point Travel / Trip Recorder
Geo-tag photos to share with friends
Display traveled routes on Google Map
Export logger data in KML, KMZ, GPX, CSV, NMEA formats
Facilitate uploading of photo and travel data to flickr and locr
Analyze sports training performance
Which implies to me that the miniHomer has produced a gpx. You just need (some) software to access it. It may not be necessary to buy nTrip too, but you do need other software that can access the data log. However it is not at all clear, so I have contacted Navin
IrenicRhonda Posted 7 years ago. Edited by IrenicRhonda (member) 7 years ago
Here's the URL I wanted post, but in two sections

9MacGyver9 7 years ago
I was curious about the miniHomer mentioned, so did some queries. Seems like the miniHomer might a handy device to consider.

1. Mostly favorable reviews from customers at Amazon:

"In order to use miniHomer as data logger and to access geo-tag function, please make sure to install nTrip software and USB driver provided below on your computer."

"This device is Not Mac OS Compatible"

2. According to GPSBabel:

MiniHomer, a skyTraq Venus 6 based logger: These loggers are based on Skytraq Venus 5 and Venus 6 chipsets, but with modified firmware.

format: MiniHomer, a skyTraq Venus 6 based logger (download tracks, waypoints and get/set POI) (miniHomer)

Note: From the GPSBabel info, I suspect that the logger may not create a GPX format file directly, but that one can be created using nTrip or GPSBabel.
myanmarchit Posted 7 years ago. Edited by myanmarchit (member) 7 years ago
Ref: GeoTagging with a Standalone GPS Unit & GeoSetter , By 9MacGyver9

I am happy with above technique. That " how to " is well done.
worldtravelblog 7 years ago
I have used the i-gotU gps logger. its very good and last all day. It died after 3 years but I got another one. The tagging software is pretty good, the only complaint I have is that adding photos that are not on the gpx track is difficult.
opinioneditor98 7 years ago
How about one that's Mac compatible?
Buckeye. Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Buckeye. (moderator) 7 years ago
Awful website (and an awful name) i-gotU's got. Their standard/widely-available loggers look quite basic, but this one (rather hidden on their awful site)
looks very interesting. No data given for battery life, sadly.
Has anyone used it?
Ken Zirkel 7 years ago
@opinioneditor98: I have successfully used the Wintec WBT-201 with free HoudahGPS software on my iMac and MacBook Air. I can't say it's the most accurate logger in the world, though; during a walk along the Thames River, the unit had me crossing back and forth across the river, which I clearly was not.
Jim.Moor 6 years ago
I use my Garmin 60csx for both mapping and GPX data files for geotagging. You need to install a microsSD card is all, then it stores up to appx 20,000,000 data points (on 4GB card).

That said, I like the idea of the small form factor and the features of the miniHomer. It's a good choice if you have a PC (I have a Mac). It's waterproof (very good), helps you back-track simply, and saves up to 250,000 data points (very good). All very good attributes. And it's small!

Just need a PC, or ask the company (or someone of the forum) if it can run on the Mac using Windows PC programs like Parallels.
I'm using a Solmeta N1 and haven't had a minutes problem with it.
Buckeye. 6 years ago
Mochrum Man: It's good to get an unbiased report on this unit rather than the fake reviews that Solmeta normally spams this group with, but... this unit is one which tags photos directly and is usable only with specific cameras - i.e. it's not a GPS logger (which is the subject of this discussion).
Fier Photography 6 years ago
I am looking for a very simple option that will work with Ubuntu. So perhaps a tracker that uses gpx format then I can use other software to tag photos. Thanks.
Fier Photography 6 years ago
I ended up getting the Amod AGL3080, in case anyone was wondering. It works well.
Nemo's great uncle 6 years ago
I've downloaded a couple of GPS logger apps to my Android smartphone, but the software that came with my Sony GPS unit doesn't recognize the text files.

Obviously I need new "pasting" software.
JackSilver 5 years ago
Another logger I use now is the Bad Elf GPS Pro. This works with iOS only, but one can transfer GPX and KML files to a PC or Mac from iOS. Battery life up to 30 hours. It was made for navigation (works with Foreflight, for example) but does well for geotagging. Costs ~$130 USD. Their web site is

I've no relationship with them other than as a customer.
view[ ¤ ]finder 3 years ago
I use a Solmeta Geotagger N2 on my Nikons and am quite happy with it. Although the higher up models use the camera's battery for power, the N2 has its own battery and requires charging. To save power, if I'm shooting at a site that I can easily ID later, I simply don't use it, and then geotag later with software.

I've tried Geosetter with OK results, but Nikon's ViewNX2 is the best for simplicity and speed, IMO. It only geotags JPG, TIF and Nikon NEF raw files though. This is great for my Nikon files, but for my Olympus ORF raw files, I just geotag the JPGs and then copy the coordinates to the ORFs either in Adobe Bridge or Opanda iExif.

Both ViewNX2 and Opanda iExif are free downloads.

Nikon View NX2

Opanda iExif
imageo 3 years ago
It has been a while since I regularly contributed to this group, and I have used a wide variety of approaches to geotag including many gps trackers. The one I settled on and used regularly over the past few years was My Tracks (android only) on a couple of different smartphones. It pretty simple but not too hard on batteries and you can see your track if you want. The gpx & kmz way files can be used in a variety of photo software that geotags photos. It was an ideal little app for a wandering photographer.

Very unfortunately google are [DEPRECATING] it after April 30th.

Like many other I would like google to let us keep using it.
cathode_ray 3 years ago
view[ ¤ ]finder:
Solmeta Geotagger

I have started using the Solmeta Geotagger GMX with my D750 and like the N2 it has it's own battery so it can be kept running, it also produces logfiles which can be dumped to your computers to make map tracks as well.
thor_mark  3 years ago
Solmeta Geotagger GMX

Thanks for noting the GMX! I'd been using the N2 for sometime on my D800E and was looking at a different version since the compass wasn't always accurate and the cord kept coming out of the GPS unit. This looks really good, especially how it uses battery power!
thor_mark  3 years ago
cathode_ray: By the way, I bought a Solmeta Geotagger GMAX. That is an awesome GPS unit and so much better built than the other Pro 2 version! Thanks for sharing that!
Seldom Scene Photography Posted 2 years ago. Edited by Seldom Scene Photography (member) 2 years ago
cathode_ray, thor_mark  -- the GMAX is an interesting-looking little unit -- pity it only "plays nice" with Nikon cameras (I use Olympus). So does the GMAX record compass data to its internal flash memory? I'm wondering how easy it'd be to put this on a non-Nikon camera, and geotag photos from its data in post-processing.

FWIW, I'm using a Bad Elf 2300 for my geotagging -- reliable, accurate, but no compass / shooting direction data (obviously).
thor_mark  Posted 2 years ago. Edited by thor_mark  (member) 2 years ago
Seldom Scene Photography:

Not certain about writing of the compass data to internal flash memory as I prefer to write that data to the NEF image. As a track logger, I use other programs on my iPhone or a Garmin GPS unit. What I like about the GMAX over my N2 is the seating of the adapter from my D800E to the N2. The N2 seating for that cable seemed poorly constructed and often came out. I also found the compass very inaccurate. Having walked around with the GMAX unit a few times on my D800E, I find it pretty close to the azimuth I'd find on a compass or similar device. With my N2, I found I had to keep a notepad and pen handy to get an accurate compass and then overwrite what the N2 input.

Another thing I discovered and really like is the "dual" power source for the GMAX unit. It'll run off internal batteries. When they goes out, it can use the camera battery. Nice...or I think it is!

Anywho, if I didn't have the GMAX unit, I'd go back to my Garmin GPS unit and use GAIA or some other map with a built in compass to log azimuth along with my image captures. Later when I got home, I'd use whatever GPX logging program to correct the azimuth etc on the images. I use Photolinker on my Mac for that.
timohermann 2 years ago
I am using the cheap G-Porter GP-102+ with logging every 5 seconds when I am on tours. It is not the best logger, but it works, and the positioning data seems to be quite accurate. As a Mac-user I cannot use the software delivered by the manufacturer, and they are using .fit-format, but the logger is recognized as an USB-device by my Macbook, so I convert the files to .gpx using GPSBabel. Afterwards, I import the tracklog to Lightroom and match the selected photos. This process all in all takes around 3-5 minutes, so it is pretty easy. But take care: Be sure to have synced the system clocks of your camera and the gps-logger before starting your tour!
Buckeye. 2 years ago
From the same manufacturer... GPS Sport-Guide Mate GP-101 looks interesting. I've no experience of it.
HikingMike 1 year ago
I use the mobile app MotionX GPS to record my tracks when hiking. Then, when I share my track, it will email it to me in .kmz and .gpx files. From there, I use GeoSetter on my computer to batch geotag my photos from my camera (which doesn't have GPS) by using the GPS track data. It works pretty well. I just have to make sure the time is correct between my photos and my track file (phone). I describe the process more here -

I have tried another mobile app called gps4cam which seems very promising (also purchased the pro version) . It also does batch geotagging after you get your photos back to a computer with a small computer app. However, the way it syncs is that you take a photo of your phone with your camera, when the you have a QR code from the gps4cam up on the phone. That QR code is basically is an encoded GPS track file that of course also has the same time set as your other photos. Then you just point the batch geotag app to the right place to find that photo among your others and it does the rest. This removes any steps dealing with track files, and also means you never need to do a single thing related to time differences. I found that impressive.

I really liked it, however I found it REALLY drained my phone battery having both apps open. I don't know which uses more. But I do really want the GPS track files for use with Google Earth so I have stuck with MotionX GPS.

As for other devices, weight is really important with hiking/backpacking. That has led me to this solution because I already have my phone with me (even though it previously was turned off most of the time). With an app, I don't have to bring something else.

Now lots of cameras do have GPS included. However I have seen one in action that my friend had and for me it takes too long to get a lock on enough satellites to pinpoint a position. It's not really long, but I snap shots while hiking with others so my pauses for photos are often fairly short. Plus, GPS usage on the camera will surely use more battery life on that device as well, which my friend also noticed when that was turned on.
Ken Zirkel 1 year ago
If I take my phone hiking or cycling or anything, these days, I'm bringing an external battery with me. They are small, inexpensive, and also help stabilize the phone from crashing because of cold. (Without a battery, my iPhone is liable to crash in temperatures below 55 degrees F or so.) The iPhone is now a critical emergency device, and I just can't run the risk of running out of power.

I, too, am a MotionX fan, I've used it for years, although I use Strava for cycling.
HikingMike 1 year ago
A little off-topic, but I do the same. I take one of my battery packs to charge my phone when needed. It's definitely required with power hungry GPS apps running. I bring it to be safe if I plan to be out more than just 2-3 hours. I can get roughly 3 full charges with a small 5200mAh battery so that works for multi-day trips, but I do have a larger one as well. And that is true with cold. I find my iPhone shutting off even when it has 19% battery left sometimes when it is just a little cold, similar to the 55 degrees like you said.
Buckeye. Posted 1 year ago. Edited by Buckeye. (moderator) 1 year ago
Ken Zirkel + HikingMike - I had no idea iphones were so bad in these two respects (as well as in others). I recommend sensible phones.
HikingMike Posted 1 year ago. Edited by HikingMike (member) 1 year ago
Ha :)

Well I do use it much more for other things than for GPS tracking and it serves me well there. And it does take darn good photos and video (I especially like the video). This is my second iPhone and I have been happy with them. Sensible? That is definitely subjective.

But I also think I've probably gotten it too cold a bunch of times (and maybe condensation from that), and probably a little wet from rain many times. And phone batteries in the past have never really lasted me much more than than the age of mine right now (3 yrs) before I've noticed battery capacity decrease, and that's even before smartphones.

Some phones, and the newest iPhones and Galaxies, now have some better rating of weather protection so hopefully that will help me in the future.

I'd be curious to know how well other phones perform in battery life with the same GPS apps running. 1 year ago
I use PocketEarth on the iPhone to record GPS tracks. I also use an external battery pack to charge the phone during the day. Before taking photos, I synchronize my camera (and my friends' cameras) with the iPhone's clock so that I don't have to shift time stamps later on. For geotagging, I export my recorded tracks as GPX to my computer and import it into Adobe Lightroom. With this workflow, I can easily geotag photos from multiple cameras (as long as people stick together as a group).
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