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10-21-2011, 01:03 PM   #1
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O-GPS1 = new Pentax flash system?

I am somewhat surprised that those that want a new Pentax flash system are not squirming in there seats like a 6 year old after 3 hours in the car seat.


The easiest way to get GPS data into the camera would be to use the USB port and build the new GPS to mount on the shoe but have a cable to the USB port. This would mean the only new hardware would be in the GPS unit and just software in the camera. But the new O-GPS1 uses a new data bus on the hot shoe so why build new hardware in the camera hot shoe if you are not planing on a new flash?


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10-21-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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The easiest way to get GPS data into the camera is to build the module into the body. I suspect the shoe mount units are a temporary thing, and that they will be obsolesced anyway.
As it is, what's the big deal. If you need flash, you use flash if you need GPS (which is little more than a gee whiz toy for nerds anyway), then use the GPS module.
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The easiest way to get GPS data into the camera is to build the module into the body. I suspect the shoe mount units are a temporary thing, and that they will be obsolesced anyway.
As it is, what's the big deal. If you need flash, you use flash if you need GPS (which is little more than a gee whiz toy for nerds anyway), then use the GPS module.
It is not if someone wants a GPS and has to use the hot shoe for a flash or a GPS (by the way you can use both) but that they put a new data bus in the hot shoe. If it is not only for the new GPS (yes the point is there are other ways to get GPS) then why?


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I fee that this device is a better option. Just synch the time with your camera - you can also leave the Sony device in the car if you are shooting indoors so the GPS data will be captured even when you are indoors.

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uh..folks..the OGPS-1 is an amazing device.

Here is the information that is stored in the image.

[GPS]
Position on map: N56.89913 W4.943587 - Google Maps
GPS tag version: Version 2.3
North or South Latitude: North latitude
Latitude: 56 53.9478'
East or West Longitude: West longitude
Longitude: 4 56.6152'
Altitude reference: Sea level
Altitude: 124.2*m
GPS time (atomic clock): 16:48:32*UTC
GPS satellites used for measurement: 10
GPS receiver status: Measurement Active
GPS measurement mode: 3-dimensional measurement
Speed unit: Kilometers per hour
Speed of GPS receiver: 88.44*km/h
Reference for direction of movement: True direction
Direction of movement: 167.23
Reference for direction of image: True direction
Direction of image: 197.28
Geodetic survey data used: WGS-84
Name of GPS processing method: GPS
GPS date: 2011-09-17*UTC

As far as I am concerned, nothig comes close to the Ogps-1 and a K5 for GPS integration.

I LOVE mine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DAZ Quote
I am somewhat surprised that those that want a new Pentax flash system are not squirming in there seats like a 6 year old after 3 hours in the car seat.


The easiest way to get GPS data into the camera would be to use the USB port and build the new GPS to mount on the shoe but have a cable to the USB port. This would mean the only new hardware would be in the GPS unit and just software in the camera. But the new O-GPS1 uses a new data bus on the hot shoe so why build new hardware in the camera hot shoe if you are not planing on a new flash?


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Sorry to say but that is like the Nikon system which is not as integrated as the Pentax system. The Pentax system is hands down better and simpler and is not a new bus. It rocks!
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If someone doesn’t want or need flash then a new flash system is a “gee whiz toy” like a GPS system is for someone that has no need for a GPS. There are those that like the Pentax flash system and those that want more. It could be argued that an external GPS mounted on the camera is better then in the camera or off camera but that is not to the point. That Pentax has built a new data bus and put it where you would put a flash is the point.


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10-22-2011, 01:40 AM   #8
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Mmm not sure this is a new bus, at all.
Flash and camera already communicate.

Pentax 'simply' was smart enough to use it for something else. A firmware change is needed. No much more IMO.

But this is smart, very smart.

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