nikon d200 gps adapter

d200 gps

Kevin Zeits sent in his diy Nikon d200 gps cable and hot shoe gps mount.
Nikon sells it for $150, but has a 3 to 6 month eta. Ok, it’s really just a ttl to rs-232 converter with proprietary connectors – but I love tagging photos with gps info. Now if only I could do this for my canon rebel xt. (It would take a firmware hack at the minimum) If you’re not blessed with a d200, check out gpsphotolinker.


  1. Unomi says:

    Yep, me has a 350d too… Would be awesome to have this thing working on it.

    Maybe it will come in the future.

    – Unomi -

  2. Sheldon says:

    (another 350D owner)
    Modifying the firmware is one thing but how would you get the data in? There is no accessory socket like the Nikon so getting data into the camera on each photo is an issue.
    I suppose something might be possible to use the GPS unit to register way-points as you take photos (probably through the flash-shoe) then simply download the way points from the GPS when you’ve finished and re-associate with the pictures.

  3. rautiocination says:

    it could be done if you just use the hotshoe to trigger storing data on a gps unit with onboard memory. Then later use a program to add the gps data to the photos, using time stamps to make sure they are the same photo. Sure its not instantly tagged like this one, but it will work to the same effect

  4. bp says:

    So very sweet! GPS seems like a great tool to help catalog photos particularly if you combine it with one of those gps cataloging services. ( etc.) Opens up new possibilities both in the cataloging and presentation of photos.

    It takes some nerve to doing a hack on such a sweet, new piece of gear. Gotta respect that.

    Too bad the D70 also lacks one of these. #3 has an interesting idea though. If you could rig a gps to record a way point on each snap it could be a nice durable solution that could be transfered to any (decent) camera.

    On the other hand, that gpsphotolinker software that will linked sounds like it might be an even better and non-invasive option… Anyone out there ever use it?

    Looks like they only have a mac os build though… Too bad. Seems like simple enough software to implement though… I wonder if a linux equivalent exists or is in the works somewhere?

  5. adaminc says:

    Does anyone know if the new D80 is capable of this? Supposedly it has a lot of feature from the D200 but I never read about anything like this.

  6. bp says:

    I don’t know for certain but my guess is no based on 2 things:

    A) If Nikon follows there traditional pattern the lower D will be missing a few features which they deem to be only useful for pros. (Looks like buffer size is the big one this time around IIRC) They do this to protect the higher end camera. (On the D70 the big lack was the battery mount.)

    B) Looking at this preview ( I see no mention of a GPS accessory. Also, the wired remote it mentions is different than the one the D200 uses (IIRC) which tends to indicate that it will have a different input port.

    On the other hand, the D80 will support a battery/vertical grip which suggests that it has some data I/O capabilities. But I wouldn’t count on it.

  7. steve says:

    nexed hack pleas

  8. Aeri says:

    simple solution…GPS Grenade

    complex application…throwing it up a mountain

  9. Monster says:

    bird, you could be taking pics as you hiked around a mountain, and if you got a good one you be all like “this was taken from the southern face of mount stevesabitch, we were hiking through the stonedneedstodieinafire national park, in the suckityoutwo forest”

    then you’d look smart.

    from the picture, i thought it was a GPS glued to a camera, and i was thinking of moe syzlaks easy steps to turn one gun into five.

    good job, especially since i forget where i’ve taken pics. all they need to do now is figure out a way to get some subminiature seven segment led’s to burn a long. and lat. onto traditional film pictures. if steve or stoned dissed that one i think i’ve have to run their dog over

  10. bird603568 says:

    actaully thats a good idea but i was thinking about linking it to google earth. because that would be sweet. but now that you give me that point its actually a good idea

  11. Commercial version.

  12. turdmoe says:

    thats nice, but it would be nicer if you could get a camera with radar gun/receiver that took the distance to the object couped with a compass that added that info to the gps tag r just updated it to be more accurate. Lol, its actually a bit excessive.

  13. hi says:

    I think it would be pretty trivial to take a GPS reading (and a digital compass reading) every time the shutter fires, then simply corrolate the GPS data and the data from the auto focus (to determine approximate distance to target). Cool idea, I might have to do it…

  14. Tim says:

    You can buy a hotshoe mount – albiet much more expensive. It really is nice to just point a shoot several photos and auto-google map them

  15. presidentpicker says:

    #14 I believe the autofocus sets lens to infinity after about 15 meters so the setting would be useless for determening range to distant objects.

  16. Doug says:

    Yay! Another Geko! I have one and I love it… But, isn’t it mounted upsidedown?

  17. kevin says:

    It is infact mounted upside down. However should you not mind that the long portion would obstruct your ability to put your face to the viewfinder you could always turn it 180 as it is just threaded on. That would makenavigation much easier, however removing it from the camera is just as quick and more effective.

  18. Emery says:

    Would be especially usefull for Geocachers:

  19. t0ny says:

    Another thing you could do is have a gps that does a trail and have the camera and gps time exactly the same. So then you could write an program to find the time the picture was taken then match it to the trail. And boom you got gps enabled photos! And it should work with any camera that embedded the photo with time and date data. :)

    I started to work on this and I got about 25% done with the coding part and gave up. I may pick this project back up soon :).

  20. For my photos in my Google Map on my site I use DI-GPS for use with Nikon D200.
    See About page for link.

  21. cprogrammer says:

    Your post was very helpful in constructing my DIY GPS for D200. I used AyAy Sir Ti-GPS unit from I have described my solution at

    The photos can be seen at

  22. wolf says:

    I use a GPS hack for Nikon D200 D2 D1 & Fuji DSLR
    and computers.

  23. bryanshan says:

    why do you trouble yourself to find one GPS perfectly match your Nikon? Here is the website It’s a simple and cost effective solution

  24. Rick Wargo says:

    I finally posted instructions on how to make a GPS for the D200 that is self-enclosed, sits on the flash mount and is powered by the camera. For details, see my blog at

  25. bryanshan says:
  26. minamito says:

    Nikon D50
    Nikon D200 demo at digital camera blog video

  27. minamito says:

    Nikon D40 – hands on video blog at digital camera blog

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