Thank you all for the helpful replies.  This gives me a lot to work with.

It seems that acquiring GPS coordinates should not be that difficult to
obtain on site, but we would prefer the accuracy to be <20m from were the
picture was taken.  Even course geo-references would be valuable as well.

I have one more small question to ask: for those of you who have used P&S
cameras with built-in GPS units, were you able to view the lat/long in the
display view right after you took the picture?  Also, is it possible to
convert among different geo-coordinate systems (i.e. degrees minutes
seconds to decimal degree, etc.) in the settings view of some cameras?

Thank you,

On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 1:52 PM, Jacob Hadle <> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a question for those of you who are familiar with point and shoot
> digital cameras that have built-in GPS units. A project I have acquired
> this summer involves a plant inventory on a ~7,000 acres site (open and
> dense canopy areas). In part, the protocol requires us to take a picture
> of each plant species and document their latitude and longitude
> coordinates. To optimizes my time effectively, using a camera that
> geotags each picture would seem to work well.
> The main interests I have in the point and shoot camera in not so much
> how the quality the picture takes, but how accurate the camera will pick
> up coordinates. I have spent a considerable amount of time online, and
> calling local camera stores researching which point and shoot camera
> would have the best GPS quality; however, I have found very little
> information about the accuracy and performance in these built-in GPS
> units. I am currently looking into the Canon PowerShot D20 or the Ricoh
> G700 SE-M.
> If anyone has experience using digital cameras with built-in GPS units
> in the field, I would truly appreciate your thoughts.
> Most grateful,
> Jacob

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