While many compact cameras have GPS capabilities on board, interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) and SLRs are often left out. This compact unit lets photographers geotag their images taken on a Nikon 1 V1 camera.
The unobtrusive nature of the N100.
Attaching via the proprietary hotshoe and drawing power from the camera itself, the N100 is incredibly small and takes up hardly any space at the top. There's an LED light at the top of the N100, which flashes red when obtaining a signal and green once a GPS signal has been gathered. The unit itself is available in a black or white finish to complement the colour of the V1.
On the side is a mini-USB plug, which can be used to connect the unit to a computer in order to obtain data used for Assisted GPS. You will need to download the (hard to find without a Google search) GP-N100 Utility software to use this feature. In the box is the GPS unit itself, a USB connection cord and a soft carrying case.
Plotting geotagged images from the N100 on Google Maps in Picasa.
(Screenshot by CBSi)
The V1's GPS menu activates when the N100 is attached.
Like any GPS unit, the N100 takes a short amount of time to lock on to a signal, around 40 seconds in open space. Somewhere that's built up, like in the centre of a city, will take a lot longer to obtain a signal, if it can reach one at all.
Within the V1's menu system, you have the option of setting the N100 to automatically power off, or keep powered on all the time to more quickly obtain a GPS signal when the camera is switched on. The N100 doesn't create any significant drag on the camera's battery when in use; though, naturally, it will deplete the battery more quickly when the automatic power-off setting is switched off.
The N100 does exactly what it should, and does it well. It's the quiet achiever of interchangeable lens camera accessories, an unobtrusive GPS device for the Nikon 1 V1.