Build a DIY Bluetooth GPS Unit for Your Nikon DSLR

Israeli photographer Ido Nassimi wanted to geotag the photographs shot using his Nikon D90, but didn’t want to shell out $200 bucks for Nikon’s official GP-1 GPS receiver. Since he had a GPS Bluetooth receiver lying around, he decided to do some research and make it compatible with his DSLR. He ended up successfully building one for around $50.

For his components, Nassimi used a camera connection cord salvaged from a cheap shutter release cable, a Bluetooth modem, a USB2.0 to RS232 converter, his GPS receiver, and a simple box to house everything in after it was assembled.

While the parts list is relatively small and simple, putting everything together requires a moderate amount of knowledge in electronics. If that’s your cup of tea, head on over to DYIP for the step-by-step tutorial.

Build A Bluetooth GPS Unit For Nikon Cameras [DIYPhotography]

Image credit: Photograph by Ido Nassimi

  • Daniel Austin Hoherd

    For people who need GPS, I’d highly recommend trying out something like GeoTagr instead of hooking the GPS straight to your camera or via bluetooth like this. You can shoot with multiple cameras and still geotag, acquisition time is much much less, it costs less (if you already have a smart phone), it works using a more reliable geolocation method (cellular triangulation, wifi geolocation and actual GPS vs just actual GPS), it provides you a useful gpx file of your tracks so you can see a map of where you went, it’s less bulky when shooting, etc. etc.. I tried the Geometr for a while, and it was a pain in the ass. I actually still have it and simply never use it, and I geotag everything from three different camera bodies.

    Just a suggestion from experience.

  • Ferry Hage

    Hello Daniel,
    Does GeoTagr work if you do not have GPS on your DSLR, Like my D5000 Nikon?
    How does the GeoTag info get on my DSLR photo’s then?

  • Jay Gunn

    It works by attaching the gps data via software on your computer. Aperture 3 and Lightroom 4 have it built in, or plug-ins and 3rd party software for earlier versions or if you’re not using them.