Jacob,  Yes with the cameras I have used, you can view the lat/long when you
preview the photo - as long as you are showing all the photo information. 
And 2nd, I don't think you have the option to convert between formats.

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From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
[mailto:ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] On Behalf Of Jacob Hadle
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2015 6:18 AM
Subject: Re: [ECOLOG-L] Built in GPS unit in Point and shoot cameras

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 <jjha...@gmail.com> 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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