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Best camera with GPS: geotag photos and videos with these GPS cameras

Best cameras with GPS: geotag photos and videos with these GPS cameras
(Image credit: Digital Camera World / James Paterson)

The best cameras with GPS don't just record the time and date on which your photos and videos were captured, but also the exact location – enabling you to keep track of the where as well as the when

This makes the best cameras with GPS extremely useful for numerous reasons. If you're traveling, you have a record of precisely where you shot that magic photo baked into the EXIF data. If you're documenting wild flora or fauna, you can submit photo evidence of that rare find with the co-ordinates right there in the metadata. 

And with the right kind of GPS camera, you can also record the temperature and elevation corresponding to sea level – perfect for climbing, hiking and even extreme sports like parachuting. And all this data can be used in photo cataloguing software so that you can look on a map and see where all your photos were taken, or even create a photo route of your trip or vacation. 

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So how do these cameras work? They have built-in technology to communicate with global positioning satellites in order to locate where you are to precise map co-ordinates. So long as you have a clear view of the sky, these satellites can tell your camera exactly where it is – and this information is then recorded in your files. 

A number of modern cameras that don't gave built-in GPS can still acquire this data – such as the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS M50 – if you pair them with specific apps on your phone. However, it's a faff to pair your devices on the spot when you're trying to focus on taking that split-second shot or video – so having a camera with in-body GPS technology is definitely the best way to go. 

Here are the best cameras with GPS across a number of categories. So whether you're looking for a professional camera, a travel camera, an action camera or even a waterproof camera, you'll be covered…

The best cameras with GPS

(Image credit: Olympus)
Great GPS tracking and logging, with great photo and video

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3in
Megapixels: 12MP
Lens: 25-100mm (equiv.) f/2.0-4.9
LCD: 3in, 1,040k dots
Waterproof: 15m/50ft
Shockproof: 2.1m/7ft
Freezeproof: -10ºC/14°F
Max video resolution: 4K
Colors available: Red or black

Reasons to buy

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Direction, location, temperature, altitude
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4K 30p, 1080p 120p + super slow-mo
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Generous optical zoom

Reasons to avoid

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Only 12MP

With an impressive suite of GPS tracking and logging, combined with its titular all-weather toughness, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is arguably the best GPS camera for all-purpose practical shooting. It packs a compass, temperature sensor and a manometer to record altitude and depth data – and combines it with a formidable feature set of photography and video features. The equivalent 25-100mm optical zoom covers you for most shooting situations, with RAW imaging, 20fps burst shooting, brilliant macro and microscope modes, along with 4K 30p video (plus 1080p at 120fps, 720p at 240fps and 360p at 480fps for super slow-mo). It's capable of shooting pretty much anything, anywhere – and recording where you were, too! 

Canon's workhorse DSLR still packs a punch

Specifications

Type: DSLR
Sensor: Full frame CMOS
Megapixels: 30.4MP
Lens mount: Canon EF
Screen: 3.2-inch, 1,620,000 dots
Continuous shooting speed: 7fps
Max video resolution: 4K 30p
User level: Intermediate / professional

Reasons to buy

+
Twin memory card slots
+
Fully weather sealed

Reasons to avoid

-
Screen doesn't tilt or articulate
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4K is cropped

This camera has been trusted by enthusiasts and pros alike for years, and is still one of the most popular cameras on the market. Its 30.4MP sensor delivers crisp image quality with good noise and dynamic range performance. The build, handling and ergonomics are great, bolstered by the weather sealing that makes this a camera that's instinctive to use even in challenging conditions. The 4K video is subject to a 1.64x crop, however, which can make it tough to get suitably wide-angle shots. Overall, though, the 5D Mark IV packs all the power of the much newer Canon EOS R but with the benefit of dual memory card slots – and, of course, a built-in GPS.

(Image credit: GoPro)
Does GPS stand for "GoPro Specialist"? Maybe it should do!

Specifications

Weight: 158g
Waterproof: 10m
5K video: up to 30fps
1080: up to 240fps
Stills resolution: 23.6MP
Battery life: 1-1.5hrs continuous shooting (estimate)
Color options: Black

Reasons to buy

+
Handy front display
+
Excellent stabilisation
+
Great app synergy

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than previous
-
Some touchscreen lag

Want the most portable and wearable GPS camera? Then look no further than the GoPro Hero9 Black. The GPS data it records can even be overlaid on your videos, using the GoPro app, giving them a videogame-style heads-up display. The Hero9 Black also boasts a front-facing LCD screen that's ideal for self-shooting for vacations or vlogs, and the video resolution has been bumped to 5K with improved stabilization – and you can extract 14.7MP stills from your footage, too. All of which makes it the heaviest and most expensive in the GoPro lineup, but there are precious few other cameras that can do what it does.

(Image credit: Canon)
A top all-round full-frame DSLR that's great for geotagging

Specifications

Type: DSLR
Sensor: Full frame CMOS
Megapixels: 26.2MP
Lens mount: Canon EF
Screen: 3.0-inch articulating, 1,040,000 dots
Continuous shooting speed: 6.5fps
Max video resolution: 1080p
User level: Intermediate

Reasons to buy

+
Full-frame sensor
+
Fully articulating touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited to 1080p video
-
Single card slot

A popular go-to for photographers seeking their first full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a great all-round performer – and has a big benefit over rivals, as it has GPS built-in. In some ways you can look at this as a full-frame alternative to the Nikon D5300 above, since the specs are quite similar, and both cameras provide fantastic stills-first performance. The 6D Mark II delivers more resolution and horsepower, but it's a more advanced camera that may not be so friendly to newcomers – though pros will be able to squeeze serious mileage out of it. 

(Image credit: Hasselblad)
GPS tagging with the ultimate, medium format image quality

Specifications

Sensor: Medium format
Megapixels: 50MP
Lens mount: Hasselblad X
LCD: 3.6" touchscreen, 2.36m dots
Viewfinder: Electronic, 3.69 million dots
Max continuous shooting speed: 2.7fps
Max video resolution: 2.7K
User level: Professional

Reasons to buy

+
Uses dual GPS and GLONASS systems
+
Stunningly detailed imagery

Reasons to avoid

-
Leisurely autofocus
-
Only 2.7K video

Where the original Hasselblad X1D 50C required a GPS module to be mounted to the hotshoe, the X1D II now has the technology integrated into the body – which, for the price, you would expect! It employs dual GPS and GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System, the widely adopted GPS alternative) satellite systems for improved accuracy befitting the medium format standard of this camera. Sadly some of the other tech here isn't so impressive, such as the glacial autofocus and 2.7K video, but the image quality is simply stellar – particularly the dynamic range. For precision, tripod-based shooting and fingertip focus, though, this is an extraordinary machine.

(Image credit: Leica)

6. Leica SL

Leica luxury is still the envy of everybody

Specifications

Sensor: Full frame CMOS
Megapixels: 24MP
Lens mount: Leica L
LCD: 2.95" touchscreen, 1.04m dots
Viewfinder: Electronic, 0.66", 4.4MP
Max continuous shooting speed: 11fps
Max video resolution: 4K 30p
User level: Intermediate

Reasons to buy

+
Sumptuous image quality
+
Impressive ISO50-50,000 performance

Reasons to avoid

-
Contrast-only autofocus
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Fixed screen

The beauty of the Leica SL isn't just skin deep. As lustworthy as its exterior may be, the SL remains a serious imaging tool thanks to its 14-bit DNG (RAW) files and impressive sensitivity that ranges from ISO50-50,000. The quality extends to video, too, with the ability to capture 4K UHD at up to 30p, 4K DCI up to 24p (in Super 35mm mode) and 1080p at up to 120p, with the option of 4:2:2 10-bit when output over HDMI. The only real downside here is the autofocus system, which is the slower contrast-detect variety, but otherwise this is everything you would expect of a camera with the covetable red dot.

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Best professional cameras
Best travel cameras
Best action cameras
Best waterproof cameras

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.