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Loran
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GPS Data Logger

Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:27 pm

Hi all,

I was hoping to get some advice on GPS data loggers. A quick search in here didn't get any results on similar topics, so here is a new one.

I have a Nikon GP-1 GPS receiver for my D90 which works fine, however it only logs data when I take a shot in the right conditions (unobstructed view, etc.)

As an add-on I am looking for a device which continuously logs & records GPS data when switched on. Since I travel a lot, I can also track where I have been even when I did not take any shots with my D90.

Apparently there are also data loggers which receive a signal in cars and airplanes, which e.g. my GP-1 can't. A quick Internet search gave me a list of data loggers, however only with brief descriptions:

http://www.semsons.com/datalogger.html

My question is, does anyone have some advice which devices also log reliably GPS data in cars and airplanes? Apparently there are such interesting options as tracking and displaying the flight path of your aircraft in 3D.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Loran
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RE: GPS Data Logger

Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:06 pm

You can get one of those walking GPS devices and then synchronize the data with the photos you took. There's software for that.
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RE: GPS Data Logger

Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:12 am



Quoting NicolasRubio (Reply 1):

Thanks Nicolas, this is what I am after, I think all of the ones I linked are walking GPS devices. The question is which of those will receive a signal in the cabin of airplanes & cars? I came across a very cool 3D map of a flight path from someone who had one of the GPS loggers in his pocket, and it also also convenient for hiking, walking tours, etc.
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RE: GPS Data Logger

Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:01 am

I have a holux m-1000 for geotagging. http://www.semsons.com/homblgpsdalo.html One reason I got it was because it stores the tracklog and simultaneously sends the location out via bluetooth. I wanted that because I use the blue2can bluetooth adapter on my camera. http://www.redhensystems.com/photo_mapping_hardware?b=1 Many dataloggers will either store the tracklog to memory or transmit on BT but not both at the same time, but you may not need that feature.

I haven't tried it in a plane, or really in a car for that matter, because I only use it for geotagging. In other words if i'm not taking pictures I don't really pay attention to it. However, it acquires a lock much faster then my Garmin 60csx which is a pretty good hand held. The m1000 uses a newer chipset (mtk vs the 60csx' SiRF) and from what I understand it's better. I have used my 60csx on a plane. It took a while for it to get a lock and I had to hold it by the window. After it did get a lock I had to keep it on the armrest. I would imagine the m-1000 could at least match that.
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RE: GPS Data Logger

Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:08 am

Hi Jesse,

Good stuff, many thanks for your recommendations.

That Google Maps or Google Earth overlay to track the flightpath is exactly what I was looking for. I expected it only to work when you keep the receiver near the window.

One more question, does it disconnect when the aircraft is at cruising speed? I had the problem that my GP-1 sometimes looses its signal when driving at higher speeds.

Thanks again,
Loran
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RE: GPS Data Logger

Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:36 pm



Quoting Loran (Reply 4):
One more question, does it disconnect when the aircraft is at cruising speed? I had the problem that my GP-1 sometimes looses its signal when driving at higher speeds.

Like I said I haven't tried my M-1000 on a plane yet, but when I was in Japan last year I had it on while we were riding the shinkansen (bullet train). It logged a max speed of 160 mph and didn't lose a GPS lock. Also http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ is the website I used to make the google earth overlay. It can be used to make google maps overlays as well.
 
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RE: GPS Data Logger

Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:24 am



Quoting Jgarrido (Reply 5):
Like I said I haven't tried my M-1000 on a plane yet, but when I was in Japan last year I had it on while we were riding the shinkansen (bullet train). It logged a max speed of 160 mph and didn't lose a GPS lock. Also http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ is the website I used to make the google earth overlay. It can be used to make google maps overlays as well.

Awesome, thanks a lot for the info!
I will look at buying one within the next couple of weeks and post my experiences here if the topic isn't archived by then.

Regards,
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