GPS for vocalisation recording

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: GPS for vocalisation recording
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:27:23 +1000
I suspect that the main difference between a phone GPS and a dedicated one, 
apart from not using up the battery of your precious communication device, is 
accuracy. I'm told I shouldn't expect better than 30m accuracy from an iphone.

I suspect Google Earth coordinates can be off by that much too, if the 
difference between the images of roads and the corresponding linework is 
anything to go by.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

On 1 Oct 2013, at 9:06 am, "Martin Butterfield" 
<<>> wrote:

If you don't have a mobile phone, my camera (Panasonic TZ40) has a GPS function 
which - if activated -  includes geocoordinates with images.  I suspect many 
other mid-range cameras now have this functionality.

It seems that the need for a dedicated GPS for simply recording point locations 
is well gone.


On 1 October 2013 08:30, Peter Shute 
<<>> wrote:
If you mean you want to save and name a way point so that you can just read out 
the way point name into the microphone, then I would have thought most would 
allow that. Some probably just automatically number the way points, but you 
could read out that number.

I just use my phone's GPS (have never tried a dedicated GPS), and I read out 
the coordinates directly at each new location. I could mark a way point and 
then later copy its coordinates into the metadata, but it seems just as quick 
to type it out while I listen to the coordinates I read out. It gives me two 
chances to get it wrong, but it also means the coordinates aren't as likely to 
get separated from the recording.

I'm hoping I can find a way to get the phone to read out the current 
coordinates so I can just hold it up to the mic. That should eliminate the 
first kind of error, but it's inspired more by laziness.

Peter Shute

 On Behalf Of Roger McNeill 
Sent: Tuesday, 1 October 2013 7:52 AM
To: <>
Subject: GPS for vocalisation recording


I know this has been raised a few times over the years, so apologies for that, 
but the technology and brands keep changing and it is difficult to keep up.

I need a Handheld GPS to support my vocalisation recordings.  The main 
requirements other than the obligatory battery life, ruggedness, light, 
international maps, deep forest satilite acquistion, etc, is the ability to 
input multiple way points and link them to a specific recording.

Most of the units I see on line seem to have a detailed  drill down menu but 
what I am looking for is a compact unit whereby I can quickly enter a location, 
note the 'location reference' in my recording and then weeks later when I am 
back home, download that way point into my computer when I am doing my Meta 

Up until now I have been doing it after the fact off Google Earth and this is 
getting very old.

Also, the ability to pre-load waypoints is probably standard, but also 
required.  I am a hand held GPS novice, if that is not already evident by the 
questions, so any and all help is appreciated.



Roger McNeill
Samford Valley, SEQ

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