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The Pentax O-GPS1 is designed for use with Pentax digital SLR cameras, this versatile GPS unit not only provides basic location data, but also offers an array of original features that allow users to effortless track and record details of their favourite photographic locations. By simply mounting the O-GPS1 onto the hot shoe of a Pentax digital SLR camera, users can record the latitude, longitude, altitude, universal time coordinated (UTC) and aspect of the location they are shooting directly onto each image they capture. Image files carrying GPS location data, can then be used to track shooting locations and review location data on a PC. GPS location data stored on such files also makes it much easier to sort and file recorded images.
By coupling GPS data with the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system, the unit offers a range of unique, advanced applications, including ASTROTRACER, Simple Navigation and an Electronic Compass.
The Pentax O-GPS1 can be mounted on the hot shoe of a compatible camera and will record the latitude, longitude, altitude, universal time coordinated (UTC) and direction of the shooting location onto captured images. Using mapping software such as Google Earth, the user can then easily recall shooting locations and directions on a map. This function can also make sorting and filing recorded images easier.
The Pentax O-GPS1 also offers the advanced ASTROTRACER function, which couples the unit with the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system and enables users to photograph celestial bodies. The unit can calculate the movement of stars, planets, and other bodies using the latitude obtained from GPS data and the camera’s alignment data (horizontal and vertical inclinations and aspect) obtained from its magnetic and acceleration sensors, and then shifts the camera’s image sensor in synchronization with the movement of the objects. As a result, stars and other bodies are captured as solid points rather than blurry streaks, even during extended exposures. This is the ideal tool for those interested in astronomy and it makes taking images much simpler, as it eliminates the need for additional accessories such as equatorial telescopes.
The Pentax O-GPS1 offers a Simple Navigation function, which calculates the direction and distance to a given destination from the user’s current position. The user can either locate destinations using location data stored on recorded images, or register and/or assign them by uploading location data created on a PC.
The Pentax O-GPS1 comes equipped with an Electronic Compass function, which displays the direction in which the user’s camera is pointing on its LCD monitor with great precision. This function works by using geomagnetism detected by the unit’s magnetic sensor and combining this with its GPS location data. The unit will then indicate the aspect of the camera in relation to true north. The user can also record directional data on captured images.
Simplified weather-resistant construction for use in light rain Independent power source (one AAA-size battery) to eliminate the need to draw power from the camera body.
|Warranty Period||1 Year|