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Oct 22, 2014 23:10 |  #1

My understanding is that the 7D2 records the GPS co-ordinates as well as the compass orientation of the camera. Has anyone seen how this info is reported? Does LR5 handle this data? As the camera gets closer to being shipped I'm looking into more details.


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Oct 22, 2014 23:16 |  #2

I doubt this will be known for certain. I do believe that the GPS data will be in the EXIF if you want it to be.

Will LR5 handle it? Maybe after it can recognize the .CR2 file.


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Oct 22, 2014 23:20 |  #3

It will most likely work just like the 6D does. Lightroom, Flickr, 500px, etc will all recognize the gps exif data.



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Oct 22, 2014 23:41 |  #4

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It will most likely work just like the 6D does. Lightroom, Flickr, 500px, etc will all recognize the gps exif data.

Does the 6D also have camera compass orientation?


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Oct 22, 2014 23:49 |  #5

Tom_D wrote in post #17228466 (external link)
Does the 6D also have camera compass orientation?

Nope, it doesn't.



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Oct 23, 2014 01:47 as a reply to  @ kesterc's post |  #6

I haven't tried in Lightroom etc., but Canon's own software does of course understand also the direction data. It works with the only camera I have that records direction as well.


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Oct 23, 2014 07:48 |  #7

Canon Japan has posted sample images at http://web.canon.jp …ng/eosd/samples​/eos7dmk2/ (external link). I downloaded one and the EXIF information seems intact, at least as seen by DPP 3.14.15.0. I have attached the EXIF and I see typical GPS coordinates of latitute, longitude, and altitude but I do not see anything related to direction, but again that could be unique to the version of DPP I used.




  
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Oct 23, 2014 08:09 |  #8

Does GPS drain the battery? Can it be turned off?


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Oct 23, 2014 08:54 |  #9

joedlh wrote in post #17228822 (external link)
Does GPS drain the battery? Can it be turned off?

Yes, more than when it is off, Yes.


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Oct 23, 2014 08:58 |  #10

John from PA wrote in post #17228799 (external link)
Canon Japan has posted sample images at http://web.canon.jp …ng/eosd/samples​/eos7dmk2/ (external link). I downloaded one and the EXIF information seems intact, at least as seen by DPP 3.14.15.0. I have attached the EXIF and I see typical GPS coordinates of latitute, longitude, and altitude but I do not see anything related to direction, but again that could be unique to the version of DPP I used.

I looked at some of the Canon sample images and all the Chrome EXIF plugins just showed the offset to the GPS data and not the actual info.

I guess it will take a while before the EXIF programs catch up with the new fields.


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Oct 23, 2014 10:24 |  #11

Are you certain a compass heading or camera orientation will be acquired by the 7DII? That would require additional hardware above and beyond the GPS circuitry and its associated algorithms. The GPS cannot display a heading unless there is motion and the the heading is determined by looking at succesive points as defined by latitude and longitude. The non-automotive GPS units today, like those used by hikers, have a built in electronic magnetometer to provide a heading. Stand in one spot and turn your body full circle and it is the magnetometer that tracks your orientation, not the GPS hardware.




  
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Oct 23, 2014 10:45 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #12

Just like the separate GP-E1 and GP-E2 units, the 7D Mark II has a built-in three axis magnetic orientation sensor. So yes, we are certain that it does record the direction the camera is aimed as well as the position where the camera is located.

You can look in the user's guide for the 7D Mark II and see the instructions for calibrating the magnetic sensor yourself, if you like.


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Oct 23, 2014 11:54 |  #13

John from PA wrote in post #17229050 (external link)
Are you certain a compass heading or camera orientation will be acquired by the 7DII? That would require additional hardware above and beyond the GPS circuitry and its associated algorithms. The GPS cannot display a heading unless there is motion and the the heading is determined by looking at succesive points as defined by latitude and longitude. The non-automotive GPS units today, like those used by hikers, have a built in electronic magnetometer to provide a heading. Stand in one spot and turn your body full circle and it is the magnetometer that tracks your orientation, not the GPS hardware.

Yes, check page 198 of the 7D2 Manual. (external link)


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Oct 23, 2014 11:57 as a reply to  @ Tom_D's post |  #14

And the particular magnetic compass information is on page 206.


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Oct 23, 2014 12:21 |  #15

Thank you for the link to this voluminous manual. Both the GPS and the magnetic compass can be turned off. In fact, the default setting is disable. Not sure I will ever use them. Just one more week to wait!


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