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Pentax releases GPS Unit O-GPS1 for its DSLR cameras

Pentax announces the O-GPS1 unit designed for recent Pentax digital SLR cameras. Mounted on the hot shoe, the O-GPS1records latitude, longitude, altitude, and universal time coordinated (UTC) of shooting locations with the captured images. Image files with this GPS data may be used to track shooting locations and review location data on a personal computing device. The GPS data also helps sort and file recorded images. The O-GPS1 unit will ship in July. It will be available for pre-order soon on pentaxwebstore.com for $249.95...

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All about the new Pentax GPS Unit O-GPS1 for its DSLR camerasINew SLR accessory helps Pentax photographers track every step of the way

maging Company announced the PENTAX O-GPS1 unit designed for recent PENTAX digital SLR cameras.  This new, versatile GPS unit tracks both basic geographical and celestial body location data for both earthbound and astrophotography purposes.
Mounted on the hot shoe of select PENTAX digital SLR cameras,* the O-GPS1 unit records latitude, longitude, altitude, and universal time coordinated (UTC) of shooting locations with captured images. Image files with this GPS data may be used to track shooting locations and review location data on a personal computing device.  The GPS location data also helps sort and file recorded images.

* Compatible models are the K-5, K-r and 645D (as of May, 2011). Some of the O-GPS1's functions may not be available when used with the 645D. Compatible PENTAX digital SLR camera bodies must be updated with the latest firmware version for proper O-GPS1 functionality.

In addition to location data, the GPS unit works with the PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) system to offer unique, advanced applications, including Astrotracer, Simple Navigation and Electronic Compass.  Together, the PENTAX O-GPS and associated applications offer several key 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.
• A separate, efficient power source 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 will ship in July 2011.  It is available for pre-order now on www.pentaxwebstore.com for $249.95 USD.

Additional information: All about the new Pentax GPS Unit O-GPS1 for its DSLR cameras
June 2, 2011
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