Enter Google Latitude, which I already run in the background on my iPhone to let me friends stalk me. I noticed that there was the ability for Panoramio to search your Latitude history and find out where you were on the exact time that you took the photo that you have just uploaded.
I’ve just nipped out on an errand and took the photo above. When I returned I quickly uploaded it to Panoramio and low and behold it suggest the location that the shot was taken …
Google Latitude History
- Location Belper, Derbyshire DE56, UK (53° 1′ 50.85″ N 1° 27′ 42.66″ W) was found.
- This photo was taken on 2011:03:07 12:51:51, and the location was recorded on 2011:03:07 12:33:23.
I really like this functionality, it means I don’t have to worry about expensive SLR cameras with built in GPS and makes me feel happier about using my SLR more when logging locations. Now if flickr can also read my Latitude history and apply GEO location data to my back catalogue we would be in business 😉
I’ve also been looking around for a compact camera that will upload photos direct from the camera using Wi-Fi (or a Mi-Fi mobile), for a while I thought we wouldn’t see them appear on the market apart from the Eye-Fi, but I have recently noticed the Samsung SH100 WiFi Digital Camera (new in 2011) that will upload HD video direct to YouTube and photos to flickr and facebook (or a Posterous email address) It has a touchscreen to control the upload process and can link to an Android SmartPhone for remote control of the camera complete with live view!
As this camera does not have GPS built in to keep the price down (£199) it could be ideal to use in conjunction with Latitude. Check out the Samsung SH100 WiFi Digital Camera on Amazon.
I’m hoping that this is just the start of the ‘SmartCamera’ revolution.