Bright lens, touch screen and crushproofing are some of the features camera manufacturers are hoping will entice buyers. However, the most talked about option now being added to cameras is the GPS. Geotagging or the process of adding a geographical identification tag to photographs, has become a favorite pastime for the masses. People of all skill-levels can take photos, upload them to the computer and share the image and image location with others through a simplified process.
Pentax and Canon recently released new series of cameras with internal GPS receivers. While GPS is not a new feature for these manufacturers, it is certainly a popular one. When the technology was first integrated, it was primarily on D-SLR cameras as an external module. Now, the option is available integrated in point-and-shoot, waterproof and D-SLR models.
The Optio WG-1 series by Pentax, second only to the Olympus Stylus 1030SW, now offers crushproofing in a point-and-shoot camera. Moderately priced, the WG-1 GPS model is a great deal compared to the Garmin Oregon 550 GPS with camera, especially if your priority is photography over navigation.
In today's consumer electronic market, more multi-function devices are emerging, with cameras and GPS continually in the forefront. The coming years promise to see more enhancements on these recently released models.