Using the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver

Canon 5D Mark III with GP-E2

I HATE READING THE MANUAL SO HERE IS THE CONDENSED VERSION

Geotagging Images and Adding the Shooting Direction
The GPS Receiver GP-E2 can geotag your shots and record the route you travel. Using the provided software Map Utility, you can view shooting locations and the route traveled. The receiver can also set the camera time via GPS.

Compatibility According to Canon
Automatic geotagging when shooting is supported by EOS-1D X and later cameras such as the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 7D. Manual geotagging after shooting (from logging information) is supported by all EOS digital cameras.

Compatibility According to Me
EOS 1Dx and EOS 5D Mark III — Fully Compatible
EOS 7D — Partially Compatible (requires included cable, missing some features)
All other EOS cameras — Not worth the price. There are other logging options on the market for a lot less money.

Canon GP-E2 Details

The GP-E2 Receiver is supported by all EOS cameras that display [GPS device settings] in their menu as shown below.

GPS Device Settings

  • Shots taken while the receiver is attached to the camera are geotagged, adding location information (latitude, longitude, elevation, and shooting time) to images.
  • Shooting locations of geotagged images can be viewed in Adobe Lightroom 4 or on Google Earth.
  • Images can also be tagged with the shooting direction using the receiver’s digital compass except for the EOS 7D.
  • For other EOS cameras, only the logging function is available. Using this information, you can geotag images later using the Map Utility.

Turning the Receiver On

GP-E2 GPS Receiver

<ON> Position

  • The receiver functions in this position only with EOS DIGITAL cameras that display [GPS device settings] in the menu.
  • Shots taken while the receiver is attached to the camera are geotagged, adding location information (latitude, longitude, elevation, and shooting time) to images.
  • Images can also be tagged with the shooting direction, using the receiver’s digital compass.

<LOG> Position

  • With the switch in this position, the receiver keeps a record of location information along the route traveled.
  • The route can be viewed on a virtual map. Logs can also be used to geotag images at a later time.
  • The images that can be geotagged after shooting with logging information are JPEG and RAW images (file extension: CR2) shot with EOS DIGITAL cameras.
  • Movie files can also be geotagged this way at a later time, when using cameras that display [GPS device settings] in the menu (except with the EOS 7D).
  • When the receiver is attached or connected to a camera that displays the [GPS device settings] menu item, the receiver will geotag images as you shoot, and periodically log location information. Images can also be tagged with the shooting direction.

* EOS 7D does not support tagging of the shooting direction.

GPS Information Display

GPS Device Settings Menu

GPS Details

GPS Information Display

Battery Life Expectations

GPS Battery Life

Here’s What the Map Looks Like in Adobe Lightroom 4

Adobe Lightroom Map

Now, wasn’t that a lot simpler than reading the manual?

The Results

The Big Valley

The Big Valley – Vanderpool, Texas
Copyright © 2012 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 60mm, f/14 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.
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One thought on “Using the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver

  1. This is awesome and been thinking about it for some time (specially after the firmware update for EOS 7D into v2.0). Seems this option was not available before the update for 7D users.
    However, even though it is really nice and fun to have a record for the locations, I often ask myself how often I’m going to use it? I’m not much into wild life photography nor traveling a lot… hmmm a dream put aside for the time being for me!

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