PDA with GPS for Photo Prospecting?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by Matthew Gorringe, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Matthew Gorringe

    Matthew Gorringe Member

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    Does anyone here use a PDA to record location data for possible photographs?

    As I walk around seeing opportunities I make notes in my head but I've run out of room, or something...

    What I'd like to be able to do is to push a single button to record a GPS coordinate, date and time alongside a small digital photo taken with the PDA. The idea is to put it into a database once a week on the PC and record other notes at home while they're still fresh in my mind.

    Then I would be able to make some predictions about what time to visit again to get the light I need or to avoid a high tide or whatever. Over years I imagine this could grow into a valuable resource.

    Please let me know if you use such a PDA and if you already know of an application that would fit my needs.

    Thanks, Matt.

    P.S. I am not going to pay $1300 for professional GIS software so I'm thinking of open source applications or very reasonably priced ones.
     
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  2. Nick Zentena

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    My GPS [Garmin 60CX?] will let you mark way points. If you carry a cellphone with a camera that could handle the photo bit. Then it's just linking up the two. I guess you could use the time stamp. But the GPS records all the other info you want. At least if I'm understanding you right.

    OTOH I noticed the local cell phone company is selling a Samsung phone [I think it's a 780 or something] which includes a GPS and Windows Mobile. It's not cheap but not a lot more then a handheld hiking GPS.

    OTOH I'm not a fan of combo units. You tend to get two crappy units shoe horned into one box.
     
  3. Tom Hoskinson

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    I use a Garmin Etrex Venture GPS (less than $200 USD)to record site Latitude, Longitude and Elevation and I use a Sony Digital Voice Recorder for note taking. My Zeiss Ikon ZM 35mm RF and a couple of lenses (a 50mm and a 21mm)completes my hiking kit.

    I download the relevant topographic maps, etc. from TOPOZONE.com

    Cell phone service is usually not available in the places where I hike.
     
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  4. MarkL

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    I keep a binder with a page for each town in my area. I can write down location and description of prospective sites along with best time of day or weather conditions to return at. Taking a quick snapshot with a digital camera or phone is a good idea. You could print out a small copy and tape it next to the description.