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Best GPS Cameras

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.

1. Canon PowerShot SX280 HS


One of the latest Canon fixed lens cameras that features a high-sensitivity (HS) image sensor -- the PowerShot SX280 HS -- offers some advanced features, including a 20X optical zoom lens.

The CMOS HS image sensor should excel in low light, giving the PowerShot SX280 a leg up on other fixed lens cameras. Even though the SX280 offers only 12.1 megapixels of resolution, the quality of the image sensor should allow this model to create photographs that look great.

You'll also find full HD video capabilities, a built-in GPS unit, a popup flash unit, and a high-quality 3.0-inch LCD screen with the SX280, which is available in red or black.

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2. Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR


With 16MP of resolution and Fujifilm's new EXR CMOS technology, the FinePix F550EXR digital camera provides high-end imagery to go with many advanced features, such as a built-in GPS.

The F550EXR makes use of a back-side illuminated CMOS image sensor and Fujifilm's EXR technology to create high-end photos. The pixel array with EXR technology is rotated 45 degrees from standard image sensors.

In addition, the FinePix F550EXR offers a 15X optical zoom lens, a 3-inch high-resolution LCD screen, and full 1080p HD video capability. The F550EXR is available in black or champagne gold.

The F550EXR is an upgrade to last year's impressive F300EXR, which I reviewed and really enjoyed, as it made my list of the best 5-star cameras.

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3. Fujifilm FinePix XP150


As with many of Fujifilm's "tough" cameras, such as the FinePix XP10 from last year, the recently released FinePix XP150 has strong waterproof capabilities, as well as a built-in GPS unit.

The XP150 is waterproof up to 33 feet, can survive a drop of 6.6 feet, can work in below-freezing temperatures, and is sealed against dust and sand.

You'll find the XP150 available in blue, black, silver, orange, or green body colors, all with silver trim. This camera has a 2.7-inch LCD, 14MP of resolution, and a 5x optical zoom lens.

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4. Nikon Coolpix P520


Even though the Nikon Coolpix P520 looks a bit like a DSLR camera, it doesn't quite have that level of high-end photographic features.

Still, the Coolpix P520 has enough advanced features that it'll be well worth considering. The P520 has a 42X optical zoom lens, 18.1MP of resolution, a 3.2-inch articulated LCD, a built-in GPS unit, and full 1080p HD video recording. Those are all above-average features in a fixed-lens camera.

Nikon is offering this model in black, red, or dark gray camera bodies.

5. Nikon Coolpix S9300


Nikon has spent the past few years really beefing up its Coolpix point and shoot line of cameras, offering more high end features in these thin, stylish models.

The recently released Coolpix S9300 fits this description perfectly, as it offers an 18X optical zoom lens, full HD video at 1080p resolution, a built-in GPS unit, a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD, and a 16MP CMOS image sensor.

Few point and shoot cameras can match the all-around strong feature set of the S9300, which is available in silver, black, blue, or red camera bodies, depending on your location in the world.

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6. Nikon Coolpix S9500


Small ultra zoom cameras are growing in popularity, and Nikon's latest contribution to this market is the Coolpix S9500.

The S9500 offers a 22X optical zoom lens as well as an impressive 18.1MP CMOS image sensor. This thin Coolpix model includes an impressive 3.0-inch OLED display screen and full 1080p HD video recording options. In addition to the GPS offering, you'll find built-in WiFi with this camera.

7. Olympus TG-830 iHS


The latest tough camera from Olympus, the TG-830, provides a nice mix of photographic features and "tough" features.

The TG-830 can be used in up to 33 feet of water depth and can survive a fall from up to 6.6 feet. Olympus also included a built-in GPS unit and an e-compass with this camera.

The TG-830 has 16 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video capabilities, and a 3.0-inch LCD. Olympus recently dropped the price on this camera. It's available in blue, red, silver, or black body colors.

8. Panasonic Lumix TS4


Panasonic's latest "tough" camera, the Lumix TS4, provides the ability to work in water depths up to 40 feet. Its ability to work in such deep water sets it apart from many of the point and shoot tough cameras on the market, and it made my list of the best waterproof cameras.

The other tough features with the TS4 -- also called the FT4 in some parts of the world -- shows that it can survive a fall of up to 6.6 feet, and it works in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The TS4 also has a built-in GPS unit, making it great for taking on hiking trips.

The TS4 has 12.1MP of resolution, a 4.6X optical zoom lens, 1080p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. The TS4 is a colorful option, available in orange, blue, black, or silver.

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9. Panasonic Lumix ZS20


Panasonic has built quite a few very interesting features into a point and shoot camera that measures only 1.1 inches in thickness with its Lumix DMC-ZS20 model.

The ZS20 includes a 20X optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch high-resolution touch-screen LCD, and a built-in GPS unit. In addition, the Lumix ZS20, which was introduced at CES 2012, includes 14.1MP of resolution and full HD 1080p video recording capabilities.

That's a lot of high-end features in the ZS20, which is a reasonably-priced camera that's available in black, red, silver, or gray/white camera body colors.

10. Panasonic Lumix ZS30


Panasonic has released a number of impressive thin zoom cameras in recent years, and the now available Lumix DMC-ZS30 fits directly in that category.

The ZS30 has a 20X optical zoom lens that also offers some nice wide angle capabilities. It has 18.1 megapixels of resolution in its MOS image sensor, full HD video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in GPS, and a touch screen 3.0-inch LCD.

Those are some very impressive features. If Panasonic had only included a slightly larger image sensor with this camera than the 1/2.3-inch sensor that the ZS30 has, this would easily be one of the best cameras released in 2013.

Still, the Lumix ZS30 has a very competitive starting price point of $399.95 (Compare Prices), meaning this camera has great features and is a great value. You'll find the ZS30 in three different body colors: Gray, black, or white.

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11. Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS


Pentax has been one of the top camera manufacturers for several years when it comes to tough cameras. One of the latest models from Pentax -- the WG-3 GPS -- should be another really good waterproof camera.

This camera is usable in up to 45 feet of water depth and can survive a fall from 6.6 feet.

The WG-3 GPS includes a 16MP CMOS image sensor, 4X optical zoom in an f/2.0 lens, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD video recording, and six LED macro lights.

The WG-3 is also available without a GPS unit, and the GPS adds about $50 to the price of the camera. Look for the WG-3 GPS in either green or purple camera bodies, both with black and yellow trim.

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