The Canon GP-E2 External GPS Unit is a rugged and compact, high-sensitivity, high-precision GPS module for ascertaining current latitude, longitude and elevation and automatically geotagging image metadata when used with the latest Canon DSLR cameras. The built-in GPS logger can also be used with all EOS digital cameras as a standalone device for manually geotagging images. A Built-in digital compass allows adding of shooting direction data to images’ location on a map. The unit also features a Time Synchronization function that updates the time setting in the camera.
Compatible with the following Canon EOS DSLR cameras
7D^† / 5D Mark III^ / 1DX
^The EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 7D require a firmware upgrade to be compatible with the GPS Receiver GP-E2, which will be available soon. †When the EOS 7D is used with the GP-E2 the following restrictions will apply: a) geotagging function will not work for movies while recording; b) geotagging features will not work for movies when using the Map Utility; c) electronic compass information and automatic time setting is not available; d) transmission via the hot shoe is not possible. USB cable connection must be used.
Lightweight and Rugged Design – matches the rugged and weatherproof design of the EOS 5D Mark III so you can take it out into the harshest environments and be assured of continued operation.
Automatically Records Geodata –records latitude, longitude, elevation, direction and UTC time and automatically appends the information to EXIF data (compatible models only)
Use as Geologger - can also be used with all EOS digital cameras as a standalone device for manually geotagging images
Built-in Digital Compass - allows adding of shooting direction data to images’ location on a map
Time Synchronisation – synchronizes camera time to atomic clock (compatible models only)
Powered by AA Battery – Runs on one AA battery so the unit won’t drain the camera’s batteries.
Hot Shoe or USB Connection – Can connect to the camera’s hot shoe or via USB connection. Use of hot shoe connection will not compromise weatherproofing when used with 5D Mark III (connection via USB reduces weatherproofing).
Type Compatible cameras
GPS receiver Automatic geotagging when shooting supported by Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X and later cameras (7D: supported with a firmware update) Manual geotagging after shooting (from logging information) supported by all EOS digital cameras
Location information Reception frequency Positioning interval
Self contained navigation
Latitude, longitude, altitude, and time (UTC) 1575.42 MHz (L1 band) Every 1, 5, 10, 15, or 30 seconds, or every 1, 2, or 5 minutes Shown on the GPS indicator (red) Before signal acquisition: Fast blinking Signal acquired: Slow blinking Not supported
Direction positioning interval Calibration
Direction calculated using a triaxial geomagnetic sensor and triaxial acceleration sensor Constant positioning
Every 1, 5, 10, 15, or 30 seconds, or every 1, 2, or 5 minutes NMEA-0813 One file per day None  Images can be geotagged using Map Utility with log files. Log files can be converted to KMZ files using Map Utility. Routes the camera has travelled can be viewed in Google Earth or other map software by loading the KMZ files.
Power switch set to <ON>
Power switch set to <LOG> (logging mode)
Connected to a computer
Location information (latitude, longitude, altitude, direction, and UTC time) is automatically added to images Exif information when taking pictures. Location information (latitude, longitude, altitude, and UTC time) is recorded on GPS Receiver GP-E2 at the specified interval. Location information (latitude, longitude, altitude, direction, and UTC time) is automatically added to images Exif information when taking pictures. Supports the following operations when GPS Receiver GP-E2 is connected to a computer and Map Utility is used to access GPS Receiver GP-E2 log files. Import logs to the computer Delete logs Manually geotag shots without GPS information by adding location information (latitude, longitude, altitude, and UTC time) to image Exif information View a route of where the camera has travelled on a map Produce KMZ files from log files Update GPS Receiver GP-E2 firmware
Type Clock precision
Set GPS time data on the camera  High-precision time adjustment: ±0.2 sec. Normal time adjustment: ±1 sec. Auto update: After satellite reception when GPS Receiver GP-E2 is turned on Immediate updating
Hotshoe Digital Port
For direct camera connection For connection via dedicated interface cable to USB port 
Power supply Power switch Battery life (continuous positioning)
Off/On/Logging One AA/LR6 alkaline battery Approx. 92 hours with positioning interval set to 5 minutes
Indicated by the battery check lamp (red) Level OK: Slow blinking Low battery: Fast blinking Replace battery: Off
Colour Dimensions Weight Operating Environment
Black 54 x 73 x 44mm Approx. 81g 0 – 45 °C, 85% or less humidity
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated Subject to change without notice  L1 band: Frequency allocated for civilian use. Other frequencies include the L2 band (military use) and L5 band (highprecision civilian use)  Not compatible with EOS 7D even with firmware update  When memory is full, older data is overwritten with new data.  Requires signal acquisition from four or more satellites  Margin of error relative to UTC time. High-precision time adjustment is only available for EOS-1D X  Transmission via cable is used if GPS Receiver GP-E2 is attached to the hot shoe and connected by cable.