Hi, I want to use a Y6 that is fitted with a GoPro to make some simple maps. I have the GoPro on a tarot gimbal and I can take pics straight down. But I was wondering how to setup the camera to easily geotag the pics later. 

If I setup the camera for shooting every 2 seconds, when I try to geotag the pics later, its kind of difficult to try to get the offset of the picture vs the GPS log, because the camera may start taking pictures before or after the log starts, and I may have pictures after the log ends.

Has anyone else tried to geotag pictures from a GoPro?

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GoPro has the wrong optics to be an ideal camera for this purpose. It has a wide angle "fish eye" lens. I recommend a user (eBay) canon point and shoot with CHDK firmware. That allows you to manually set the shutter speed and fstop, run scripts, or trigger via USB.

I'm with Michael on this one, I have spent the morning seeing how dense a point cloud I can make with a GoPro and so far the IXUS wins everytime. But the GoPro does win for simplicity. 

I know the GoPro is not ideal for this. For hi quality maps I have a bigger rig with a Nikon D600. But I want to use the GoPro for quick pics. It's still better than what's available in google.

I'm in the same positon - I have a gimbal and a gopro, and just want to re-use those, rather than buy a whole new camera and - maybe - a gimbal.


I know the Gopro doesn't have GPS geotagging natively, but surely it's ok for doing basic maps?

Very basic, you can always add ground control points and work back from those in software.

Any progress or solutions on this, except the suggestion to add ground control points?

I did find a suggestion on internet, looks god, can you comment?

"What you need to do is sync the GoPro camera time with GPS time. You can do this in the goPro settings. Page 46 of the manual. The GPS will sync its time with the satellites above and their atomic clocks so using the time off your GPS unit is best. Be sure to have a good satellite lock before syncing the times. 

Once synced a date/time stamp will be in the meta data of the photo. You can use the tracklog from your GPS unit to add a lat/long to the photo. Garmin Basecamp has a feature built in to geotag photos. 

In short you will put your photos in a common folder in your computer. Open Basecamp and download your track. Double click on the track then go into the track settings menu and select 'Match Photos with Track". Basecamp will take care of the rest."

Can the Geotagged photos be combined to create a photomosaic overlay an existing map?

Just an FYI pix4d.com now is offering the ability to stitch  gopro based images...So they say at least..

So for those interested in the quality and precision of using a GoPro for survey work, we made a comparison using direct survey techniques, a drone with a 24 Mpx camera and a Drone with a GoPro. I presented some results at Dronecon and my talk is now online. You can watch it here:


Hi Jaime,

I see this presentation has been taken off of YouTube. Is there anywhere else I can see it? Thanks for all of the great info.

Better late than never right? :)


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