Some photographers seem to be quite keen on being able to precisely identify the geographical position where they've taken a certain photo, and this is the reason why several GPS-based solutions that allow them to do exactly that have been released over the past few years. And that's exactly the type of device we'll talk about as follows, namely the Photo Finder from ATP, a geo-tagging device whose main selling point is, by far, its extended level of versatility.
Created by a company's that's best-known as a manufacturer of various DRAM modules and portable, flash-based storage solutions, one of the main pluses of the ATP Photo Finder is that, unlike other solutions of this type available on the market, it supposed to be universally compatible with just about any digital camera using jpeg image files, allowing users the convenience of a single device to geotag pictures from multiple camera brands and models.
Like most other devices of this type, the Photo Finder can also be used on the go without the need for a computer. Thus, all the users have to do is simply plug in their camera’s memory card into the Photo Finder’s built-in card reader or USB port, and it automatically finds and tags the images without any additional software or hardware. Pictures can currently be viewed using software such as Picasa and Google Earth, which support geotagging.
The device is built around a SiRF Star III GPS receiver, which provides a level of sensitivity of around -155dBm. Furthermore, it can record approximately 150/600 hours of GPS data (depending on the available storage capacity), equivalent to about 150/600 hours of continuous non-stop tracking, at a logging interval of around 5 seconds.
Furthermore, the ATP Photo Finder works for relatively long periods of time, since it requires 2 AAA batteries for up to 8 hours of continuous logging time (the batteries being also used for powering the 128x32 dot matrix FSTN with backlight.