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    Question GPS for A7r II

    I assume that Sony have yet to produce a GPS add-on for the A7 series cameras.

    What is the App du jour for tagging fran iPhone / iPad and tagging in Lightroom, say?

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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    I currently use Geotag Photos Pro, which works well. It records tracks of your location, then automatically uploads them to Dropbox for easy access from within Lightroom. Info here - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geot...355503746?mt=8

    I've also used and liked GPX Master+. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gpx-...414297402?mt=8

    I only switched because Geotag Photos has an app for the Apple Watch, which lets me start and stop tracking from the watch.
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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    I've used MyTracks since my first A7, and it has worked flawlessly.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mytr...358697908?mt=8

    Keep in mind that these apps tend to use a lot of the phones battery. MyTracks (and some others) let you adjust the frequency of the gps loggings. Unless you are a moving vehicle, you really don't need it to record a location every second.
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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    Quote Originally Posted by dandrewk View Post
    Keep in mind that these apps tend to use a lot of the phones battery. MyTracks (and some others) let you adjust the frequency of the gps loggings.
    Good point. Both of the apps I mentioned can adjust the track frequency. I keep Geotag Photos set to log every 30 seconds. I've often run it all day and still have plenty of power left at the end.

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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    Any comments on the accuracy of the trail, particularly where the GPS signal is intermittent.

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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    Quote Originally Posted by jrp View Post
    Any comments on the accuracy of the trail, particularly where the GPS signal is intermittent.
    When I'm outside, it's great. Inside big buildings it can get a little weird, but even then it usually works fine.

    Here's an image showing what I mean. The log points within the red oval were when I was walking inside some big buildings. But even with that jumpiness, Lightroom would still tag the locations pretty well.

    (this image is from a Mac app called GPX Editor, which I sometimes use to view and edit the tracks.)

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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    Yeah, it's totally dependent on the GPS on your phone.

    The good news - most cell phones with GPS are very robust and MUCH better than any in-camera GPS I've used, including the ones that attach to the flash shoe.

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    Re: GPS for A7r II

    Indeed, but I have read some old reviews that suggested that the trails produced by different apps running in parallel were quite different, particularly when the signal was lost intermittently.

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