Learning, Comparing, Enjoying
Due to a special response team I am on, I have been able to put my camera and GPS skills to use beyond my typical tasks.
Today’s mission was to figure out if it is possible to geotag image files recorded with a basic point and shoot camera that is not equipped with an internal GPS. Geotagging is the process of recording the latitude/longitude of the camera when a photo was created. The location data is edited into the EXIF file of each image. Granted, this is easy with cameras that have a built-in GPS, but more often than not, cameras are not equipped with that type of technology.
What I learned today was that yes, it is possible to edit the EXIF files on at least the lower-priced camera I used for test purposes. Not only was I able to batch add location data, but my file viewer then let me map my test locations to test for accuracy.
For most people, the uses for these capabilities may be minimal. For public safety purposes, this simplifies the process of gathering photographic and geographic information pertinent to situations.
At one point during the testing I shot similar pictures with the lower-priced Nikon and my higher priced Nikon. As expected, the image quality difference between the two quality levels, when viewed on an electronic display, was nearly non-perceptible. I would expect a different outcome if I were to print samples from both cameras and closely compare them.
An unexpected benefit of the test was that I really like the images. All three captured the mood of the day with a little bit of beauty present.
Now we have the information we need to make some equipment decisions. With the advancements in today’s equipment, determining what we need might not be so easy with so many options to choose from!
Following are sample images from the test process.
Just out of curiosity, I “painted” the oak tree in the snowy field too.