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View Full Version : Pentax Announces Nifty O-GPS1 GPS Unit

Lee Yuan Sheng
06-02-2011, 11:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/02/pentax-releases-o-gps1-add-on-for-dslrs-appeals-to-astronomy-nu/' target='_blank'>http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/02/...o-astronomy-nu/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The new hotshoe-mounted O-GPS1 module fixes that oversight by recording latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time and shooting angle. Everyday snappers might find an extra hotshoe attachment cumbersome, but astro-photography enthusiasts could well be enticed by the device's interesting "ASTROTRACER" function."</em></p><p><em><img height="412" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1307052239.usr15670.jpg" width="550" /></em></p><p>Pentax might not be up there with Canon or Nikon, but it is certainly not for the lack of trying. This is yet another impressive use of the anti-shake sensor platform: using the sensor to compensate for short movements of celestial objects. This is the second unique use for sensor-based&nbsp;stabilisation; the first was Pentax's automatic levelling feature.&nbsp;Nice to see Pentax exploring other ways to utilise the technology. Available in July for about US$250.</p>