The 7 Best GPS Cameras to Buy in 2017

Find the best cameras that work with geotagging

If you're someone who travels quite a bit, shooting photographs the entire time, you've probably encountered the frustrating situation of not remembering exactly where you shot each photo when you're reviewing your images later.

A built-in GPS unit with a camera can help with this issue. A GPS unit can add EXIF data to your photo files, allowing you to pinpoint the exact location at which you're shooting your images. Although some cameras can use external GPS units, having a GPS unit built into your camera simplifies things.

Here are some of the best cameras with built-in GPS units that can help you with geotagging.

Does the Nikon D5 have a built in GPS? Yes. But that perk is overshadowed by the staggering technical performance offered by this DSLR camera. This isn’t just the best GPS camera, it is one of the best cameras on the market with untouchable autofocus and low-light performance. So if you want to geotag nature shots taken in the wilderness at dusk, this camera is the one to go with.

The D5 offers professional-grade 20.7 MP at a native resolution of 5588 x 3712. It can capture video in ultra HD at up to 30fps and continuous shooting at 14fps, thanks in part to a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000s. The incredibly high native ISO is 102,400 and its incredible autofocus capabilities stem from 153-point autofocus sensors.

The camera build is just what you would expect from such a premium camera, with tight button placement and a light and ergonomic feel. With the fastest-ever processor in a Nikon camera, this is built for professionals or serious photographers.

This powerful Canon DSLR camera shoots in 20.2MP and captures video in 4K. The camera prizes itself on speed, the ideal tool for capturing split second shots at sporting matches or out in nature. It shoots at up to 14fps in burst mode and captures 4K video at 60fps with smooth autofocus. While it doesn’t have quite the autofocus the Nikon D5 has, its 61-point AF system still captures images with remarkable smoothness. The images are captured with Dual DIGIC image processors for high speed processing and finessed light processing, complemented by a 100-51,200 ISO range. The camera also includes a built in GPS for geotagging.

Maybe you aren’t a professional photographer, but still want to invest in a high-quality DSLR camera that sports GPS and takes excellent pictures and video. In fact, it’s perfect for travel vloggers and anyone else who wants a camera that can film and take 24 MP photos.

Part of the reason the D5600 is so innovative is SnapBridge, a feature that feels appropriate for a camera in 2017. SnapBridge lets you use your smartphone to act as a remote for your camera, letting you adjust the settings and snap pictures while you are away from your phone. It also instantly transfers your photos to your smart device, making instant upload and editing a snap. The articulating LCD touch screen also turns around, so you can see yourself as you are filming.

Like its big brother, the D5600 also takes incredible low light shots, thanks to a 25,600 ISO and optional built-in flash. It also keeps an impressive autofocus for the price range, with 39 autofocus points.

If you’re in the market for a dedicated point-and-shoot that uses GPS to geolocate your images, and you want an almost absurd level of zoom functionality, then this is the camera for you. The Sony HX400V features a ZEISS Lens with a whopping 50x optical zoom. That’s on par with a lot of high-end telephoto lenses. It also features an impressive 20.4 megapixel sensor ideal for low-light conditions, as well as Full HD (1080p) video recording. WiFi and NFC connectivity allow you to easily share your images to your phone or social media. Use those same protocols to download or connect to your favorite camera apps. The lock-on autofocus function allows you to lock onto specific focal points for easier shooting, and the Motion-Shot Video feature traces your subjects on the LCD to create interesting visual effects. The HX400V is rather pricey for a fixed lens point-and-shoot, but it’s among the best you can get.

As you might have noticed on this list, many of the best GPS cameras on the market can be quite large. But if you have an aversion to bulky cameras (and we certainly wouldn’t blame you), then it’s time to look at the Nikon COOLPIX AW130, a rugged and smart camera you can take anywhere. It measures just 2.6 x 4.35 x 1.06 inches and weighs .49 pounds, so it will easily fit in your bag or purse.

The COOLPIX AW130 is waterproof up to 100 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof for drops up to seven feet. But that’s not all it has to offer – this camera shoots 16-megapixel photos and can capture 1080p HD video. For travelers and journalists, the camera has built-in GPS, mapping an electronic compass, as well as a feature called Points of Interest that will show you nearby scenic photo ops (such as historic landmarks) on a digital map.

Not only is the Canon PowerShot D30 one of our favorite waterproof cameras, but it’s one of the most durable you can find: It’s waterproof to depths of 82 feet, shockproof up to 6.5 feet and can withstand temperatures as low as 14 degrees and as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is fairly good for a waterproof camera, plus a DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which takes superb shots even in low light settings. The D30 also shoots Full HD 1080p video at 24 frames per second and 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.

Thanks to its GPS technology, you can geotag your photos and plot them along on a map. (Note that GPS doesn’t work underwater.) But be warned: You should always rinse any waterproof camera with freshwater after use to ensure the salt doesn’t stick around in the crevices.

GoPro has revolutionized the way athletes capture their outdoor adventures. Gone are the football-sized helmet cameras skiers used to capture their runs in the eighties. Extreme athletes can now preserve their glory in stunning 4K video and 12MP photos with GoPro. And whether you are jumping out of a helicopter in the Alps or just want to preserve the memory of your next bike ride, the GPS-equipped HERO5 is your best way to do it.

The camera is durable and waterproof up to 33 feet, works on voice control and can automatically upload photos and videos directly to the cloud from anywhere on Earth. There are now over 30 mounts to best capture your exploits in every sport from scuba-diving to snowboarding. But you don’t need to have the HERO5 mounted to your head to use. Simple one-button capture lets you snap pics, view them on the two-inch display and slide the camera back into your pocket.


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