Pentax launches enhanced GPS module O-GPS2

PENTAX O-GPS2: A compact GPS module for PENTAX digital SLR cameras with innovative features for easy tracking and celestial photography

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. announced the launch of the PENTAX O-GPS2. Designed for use with PENTAX single-lens digital reflex cameras, this versatile GPS module not only writes location information into the shooting data, but also provides features that make it easy to track and photograph celestial bodies.

The PENTAX O-GPS2 will be available from June.
The suggested retail price will be € 249.99 / CHF 279.00.

The PENTAX O-GPS2 was developed as the successor to the “O-GPS1” (released in June 2011). In addition to the GPS signal, the signals from QZSS, GLONASS and Galileo can now also be received. By simply attaching the PENTAX O-GPS2 to the burner shoe of a PENTAX digital single-lens SLR camera *, the user can save latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and shooting direction of the captured images. The location data image files can be used to track the path to the shooting locations and use location data on a computer.

The stored location data also facilitates archiving and handling of the recorded images.

By pairing OG-GPS2 with the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system, a number of unique and advanced applications are available, including ASTROTRACER, simple navigation and electronic compass.

* Compatible models are PENTAX K-3 Mark III, KP, K-3, K-5II, K-5IIs, K-5, K-S2, K-S1, K-70, K-50, K-30, Kr , K-01, 645Z, 645D (from May 2022). Not all applications support all models.

O-GPS-2 in detail

1. GPS function to record shooting location data

The O-GPS2 is mounted on a compatible camera’s hot shoe and records latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the shooting direction in the shooting data. In addition to the GPS signal, the signals from QZSS, GLONASS and Galileo can now also be received

2. ASTROTRACER for effortless astronomical photography

Mounted on the body of the corresponding PENTAX digital SLR camera (see compatibility list), the O-GPS2 also offers the advanced ASTROTRACER function, which connects the device to the camera’s SR (Shake Reduction) system to detect celestial objects for sharp photography. . The device calculates the motion of stars, planets and other celestial bodies using the latitude obtained from the location data and the camera orientation data (horizontal and vertical tilt and shooting direction) obtained from the magnet and acceleration sensors, and then moves the camera’s image sensor synchronously with the motion of objects. Stars and other celestial bodies are recorded as fixed points and not as blurred streaks, even with longer exposure times.

Since only a tripod is required and no additional accessories such as a special telescope are required, astronomical photography is greatly simplified.

In combination with the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, there are two different exposure functions. In addition to the shift in parallel with the star shift, there is the half-speed function to achieve a balanced exposure of landscape and stars.

3. Easily navigate to a destination based on saved location data

O-GPS2 provides a simple navigation function that can calculate the direction and distance to a particular destination from the current position. This can be done either by using the information stored with the image data or by using target data created with a computer and transferred to the camera.

Electronic compass function to show and record direction

The O-GPS2 is equipped with an electronic compass function that accurately shows the direction relative to True North on the LCD screen based on the geomagnetic field detected by the magnetic sensor and the location data.

Shooting direction information can be recorded on the recorded images.

5. Other features

  • Simplified, weatherproof construction for use in light rain.
  • Independent power source (a AAA battery), so no power supply from the camera body is required.

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