Sunday, March 18, 2012

Panasonic disabling GPS in their cameras to please China

A couple of days ago, Panasonic unveiled some new cameras with GPS for geotagging photos. Nothing surprising there. What did get my attention was this footnote:

GPS may not work in China or in the border regions of countries neighboring China. Depending on the locations, it may not be possible to correctly receive the signals from GPS satellites. In such cases, positioning may not be possible, or a significant positioning discrepancy may occur. Information measured on this unit is only a rough indication. Do not use it for technical purposes.

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Garmin GPSMAP 62sc and 62stc to feature geotagging camera


UPDATED to add product links, availability dates and MSRP.

UPDATE 2: Garmin 62s(t)c series to include NiMH batteries, charger and adds (of course!) a picture viewer.

UPDATE 3: I’ve now put up resource/review pages for the Garmin GPSMAP 62sc and the 62stc.

Garmin has announced two new 62 series models this morning, featuring 5MP geotagging cameras. The Garmin GPSMAP 62sc and 62stc appear to closely mirror the 62s and 62st, adding only the camera and expanding internal memory to 3.5GB (the 62s offers 1.7GB, while the 62st has only 500MB). Of course all these models offer a micro-SD slot for expanded memory.

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Garmin Oregon 550t review

Garmin Oregon 550t review

Hands on with the Garmin Oregon 550t

UPDATE: It appears that newer production runs of the 550 series models are now getting the brighter screen first introduced in the Oregon 450 series.

UPDATE 2: The Oregon series is compatible with Garmin’s new BirdsEye aerial imagery.

UPDATE 3: This model has been discontinued and replaced by the Oregon 650t.

The Garmin Oregon 550t is the top of the line unit in Garmin’s touchscreen Oregon handheld line, adding a 3.2 megapixel, 4x zoom, geotagging camera and tri-axial compass to the Oregon 400t’s feature set. It also comes with a battery charger and two AA NiMH batteries.

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