June 2 2011
Pentax’s new hot shoe mounted O-GPS1 unit records latitude, longitude, altitude and coordinated universal time (UTC) of shooting locations in the image file.
It is only compatible with some of the newer Pentax DSLRs, currently the K-5 and K-r, as well as the medium format 645D. Although Pentax say some of the O-GPS1’s functions may not be available when used with the 645D. The cameras do need to be running the latest firmware version for proper O-GPS1 functionality
The GPS unit also works with the PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) system for advanced applications, including Astrotracer, Simple Navigation and Electronic Compass.
The PENTAX O-GPS and associated applications offer several functions:
• Geotags images for location information on popular photo sharing websites.
• Charts progress of a hike, bike, boat or other adventure trip with interval position tracking.
• The O-GPS1 hs its own batteries so it will not drain the camera’s battery during GPS operation.
• Supports terrestrial-based Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for highly accurate positioning.
• An Electronic Compass function assists navigation.
The PENTAX O-GPS1 unit is set for release in the United States in July 2011. It is available for pre-order now on www.pentaxwebstore.com for $249.95 USD.