The Future of Digital Photography, Geotagging Baked Inside the Camera
screenshot borrowed from Apple Insider.
AppleInsider | Latest iPhone 2.0 beta adds geo-tagging to Camera photos Apple Insider has an interesting post out about the latest beta version of the iPhone software. According to the post, next gen iPhone software will allow you to plot your location on your iPhone map and then have your iPhone photos from that location geotagged.
Now this isn’t exactly the same as actual GPS technology, but it’s interesting.
I don’t use my iPhone camera all that much (my 5D is pretty much with me everywhere I go) but I do think that this is just a glimpse into the world to come for geotagging photos.
A few weeks ago I posted on the latest Eye-Fi chips that use wi-fi to try and geotag. This might be pretty cool if you use it in an urban area with lots of wi-fi hotspots but is probably pretty worthless in rural areas or places without wi-fi. As an aside I also recently learned that Eye-Fi doesn’t support the RAW format, which is a total deal breaker to me.
Of course the best geotagging units are actually GPS based units. I haven’t tried any of these out personally myself yet and I’m not especially excited about trying to synch my camera’s clock with external software from a device that may or may not work super well.
The Holy Grail for geotagging for me of course will be when Canon actually includes GPS in a professional grade digital SLR built in — or at a minimum offers an external battery grip type GPS device that can be added to a Canon digital SLR to add geotags based on GPS.
Bottom line is though that we are only seeing the beginning of geotagging photos. I think it’s only a matter of time until every digital camera produced includes geotagging capabilities.
Until then I’m continuing to use Google Earth and Geotagger for the Mac to geotag as many of my photos as I can. As I’ve written before, this method works much better than either Flickr and Zooomr and ensures that your photos are tagged at the file level.