Jobo Introduces Two New photoGPS Models

April 19, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | 9 Comments | |
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Jobo has unveiled two new versions of the award-winning GPS receiver photoGPS. The JOBO photoGPS is a small GPS receiver attached to the hot-shoe of a digital camera that captures location information instantaneously and automatically. Thanks to the included software, the geographical co-ordinates are translated automatically into real address data when connected to a PC or notebook and all images are tagged with this information. Both the photoGPS 2 and the photoGPS 4 models feature bigger storage capacities in comparison to the previous version. Coverage has also been extended by increasing the number of streets by 23%, municipalities by 42% and POIs (points of interest) by 27%. These new photoGPS models will be available by the end of April for MSRP € 99 (photoGPS 2) and €129 (photoGPS 4).

Jobo Press Release

JOBO introduces two new photoGPS models featuring “facelift” and software improvements

New Geo-tagging models photoGPS 2 and photoGPS 4 for up to 4,000 locations – Plus Improvements in Reverse Geo-coding for all JOBO photoGPS models

Gummersbach, Germany (April 12, 2010) – JOBO AG announces the addition of two new versions of the award-winning GPS receiver photoGPS. Both Geotagging models photoGPS 2 and photoGPS 4 feature a new “facelift” as well as bigger, internal memories in comparison to the previous version. The photoGPS 2 stores up to 2,000 locations on its internal memory, photoGPS 4 even up to 4,000.

The JOBO photoGPS is a small GPS receiver attached to the hot-shoe of a digital camera that captures instantaneously and automatically geodata for photos on the spot. Due to the included software the geodata will be translated automatically in real address data when connected to a PC or notebook and all images will be tagged with these information. In addition to longitude and latitude the real address of where the image was taken such as country, city, street and nearest point of interest are written into the image file. According to these criteria tagged photos can be found, sorted and organized.

JOBO offers improvements to the Reverse Geocoding Service for all photoGPS models in two categories. On the one hand the software features improved results specifically for Japan due to incorporation of additional data sources. The algorithms have been modified in order to generate results which better fit the expectations of Japanese users. On the other hand the photoGPS software features an improved coverage thanks to an extensive database by using the latest updates from Open Street Map. The coverage has been optimized by increasing the number of streets up 23%, of municipalities up 42% as well as increasing the number of nearest points of interest up 27%. Users do not need to do anything to take advantage of these improvements. The photoGPS software will automatically make use of the improved Reverse Geocoding Service.

These new photoGPS models will be available prospectively end of April for MSRP € 99.00 (photoGPS 2) and € 129.00 (photoGPS 4).

JOBO photoGPS 2 / photoGPS 4 Specifications

Capture time: about 0.4 sec
Storage capacity: up to 2,000 locations (photoGPS 2) / 4,000 locations (photoGPS 4)
Accuracy: approx. 12 m
Reverse geocoding providing the real address (country, city, street, POI)
Interface to camera: standard hot-shoe (ISO 518:2006)
File support: JPEG, RAW with XMP sidecar file
Power source: internal rechargeable Li-Poly battery

Typical battery life: 2 months (100 captures per day)
Status information: via 2 LEDs
PC connectivity: USB 2.0
Battery charging: via USB 2.0

Requirements for usage: computer with internet connection
Operating systems: Windows XP, 7, Mac (Intel)
Dimensions: 68 x 20 x 43 mm (without adapter)
Weight: 80 g

Package content: photoGPS main unit, USB cable, manual, CD-ROM including photoGPS matching software and various Software suggestions

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#1 sd card

The PhotoGPS does an excellent job of taking down the geocoordinates of where a picture was taken. But as someone else here has noted, it fits very, very generally into the blistering shoes of my cameras. It has fallen off with enough frequency for me to take it off the camera whenever I'm not actually clicking and put it in my pocket. I'm feat to try using tape or some other quick fix, but I think Jobo should have provided something in the box that would support with the loose fits.

12:25 pm - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

#2 BluechipJ

Direct geotagging is just more convenient. I've been using the EasyTag ( for months now with my Nikon.

Free, open-source software, 2GB microSD card, records your position every 10 seconds so you can geotag photos from point-and-shoot (and non-Nikon) cameras too.

4:02 pm - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

#3 Chris

A handheld GPS unit that stores a tracklog (eg Garmin Vista HCx) combined with the free GeoSetter software ( works wonders. The Vista HCx has 20+ hour battery life running on 2xAA batteries so I just leave it in my bag all day and snap away. Once I get back to my PC I just sync the tracklog with all my photos and write the location data (including country, city etc) into the exif data of each image. To me at least this is far easier and more flexible than having to attach anything directly to my camera.

Here's an example of the results: - if you click on the icon in the top right, you'll see where the photo was taken on Google Maps.

5:04 pm - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

#4 NJ & NY Portraits

thanks for the post. I agree that the camera falls off at times and that direct geotagging is another option to consider.

2:19 am - Thursday, April 29, 2010

#5 Jay

If it had captured 3-axis angle data like the solmeta geotagger pro, I would buy one of these immediately. Jobo make nice products, but without even the compass angle receorded, it is behind the times.

5:28 am - Tuesday, May 4, 2010

#6 Henrik

I'm more in to something like the Nikon GPS Unit GP-1

It would be cool if it also had compas direction.

But what I like about it is that it put's the gps info in to the exif date when you take the picture.

No need to use special software, or hook up both you gps unit and camara/memory card when putting your pictures on you computer.

9:25 pm - Monday, May 17, 2010

#7 Manny

After waiting two years to purchase one, I had an incredibly tough time getting any help from Jobo when I had problems with the first PhotoGPS.

I upgraded to Windows 7, downloaded the "new" software and doesn't run.

Forget contacting JOBO, I'm too old.

Does anyone have the problem and more importantly a fix?


12:31 am - Tuesday, May 25, 2010

#8 TazManila

Just had the Samsung ST1000 compact Camera and the GPS is spot on but take a few second to find the GPS when you switch it on run it on a mac with iPhoto and it is just great.

6:01 pm - Monday, February 7, 2011

#9 r 4

Photo GPS? What is that?

12:27 am - Friday, April 15, 2011