The 7 Best GPS Cameras to Buy in 2018

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.

The Nikon W300 is waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof, which should owners peace of mind when taking the camera into the wild. It can capture excellent photography and outstanding 4K ultra HD videos, time-lapse videos, super lapse videos and even music montages. The 16-megapixel camera includes a 5x optical zoom for getting up close and personal with the action, while its f/2.8 NIKKOR zoom lens can capture fast-moving subjects without skipping a beat.

Turning on macro mode can get you closer and more personal, even with objects that are centimeters long. The W300’s lightweight form factor is designed specifically to be operated with one hand courtesy of its extra-large grip. The camera also has GPS, eCompass, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, altimeter and a depth gauge meter.

Waterproof up to 50 feet and crushproof up to 220 pounds, the Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera and its 12-megapixel high-speed image sensor offer outstanding low-light photography. The f/2.0 lens combines with the TruePic VIII image processor to capture fast-moving subjects and action photography (count on your pictures turning out blur-free). There’s even something for RAW photography fans since the TG-5 tackles shots up to 20fps with pro capture mode, so you will never miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot again. Tackling low-light subjects is easy, thanks to the specialized True Pic VIII processor that increases dynamic range and brings in extra light for a superb image result.

Capturing 4K video is another highlight for the TG-5. It can grab Full HD video in slow-motion playback at 120fps or 4K time-lapse videos for creating short videos over a longer period of time. For days and nights in extreme environments, the glove-friendly operation of the TG-5 is a welcomed addition. The camera also has Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity for easily identifying where images were shot and simultaneously moving them onto a smartphone or computer. 

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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