Hands on: ATP Photo Finder Mini with Dock

By Posted 9 Jan 2009, 13:14

The ATP PhotoFinder GPS picture tracker was a good product, but there were areas where it needed improving, that is where the ATP Photo Finder Mini comes in. Like the previous model it will record your position when you take photos with your camera. This is done by taking your co-ordinates from the international Global Positioning Satellite network.

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The new device is about a third of the size of the previous model and half the weight. The unit has a small metal karabiner-type clip; this allows you to attach the small device on your clothing, making it easy to carry around with you.

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The small unit has a mini-USB socket as well as a slot for a MMC Memory card; this is where the GPS data is stored. Not sure why ATP did not choose a Micro SD card, they are cheaper, and are used in most mobiles.

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The 128MB card that comes with the GPS device is enough for 16 hours worth of data. This is ideal, as that is how long the battery will last in the device. The front has a black acrylic cover which hides the three LEDs.

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I am now ready to check the device out, the first thing I need to do is backup all the images of my memory before I place it in my camera. That is now done, it took a while as I had about 500 photos stored on there.

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I have made certain that the time on my camera is correct, I turn the Photo Finder Mini on, this is done by pressing the power button on the side for about five second. The LED is now green, and the GPS signal is now flashing, this is to indicate that it is searching for a signal. I finally have a signal, took a bit of time though.

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The next step is to start taking some photos, I have taken about 10 images. Right now it is time to see how well it worked. The next step is to take my memory card from my camera and place it in the dock. Now I have placed the ATP Photo Finder Mini in the dock as well.

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The next step is to press the sync button, this will then add the GPS data to your pictures. You have to confirm a few options during the process, but that did not take much time. My first attempt failed to tag my images. The next step was to drive a few miles down the road; I repeated the process of taking some images, and then drove back home. The second attempt was a success.

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The Photo Finder does not come with any software, but ATP has relied on Google Picasa and Google Earth for this, both are free to download. Both programs work well with the small GPS tagger, and accuracy is very impressive.

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If you are someone who likes to explore or you are a birdwatcher, then the ATP Photo Finder Mini with Dock is the perfect gadget for you. The small and light-weight design makes it easy to carry without you noticing that you have it. The unit is easy to use, just make sure that you are not indoors or in a built-up area, otherwise the device will have trouble tagging.

For more information visit: www.atpinc.com

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