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.


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

Satellite reception

Self contained navigation

Latitude, longitude, altitude, and  time  (UTC)
1575.42 MHz (L1 band)[1]
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

Digital Compass


Direction positioning interval

Direction calculated using a triaxial geomagnetic sensor and triaxial
acceleration sensor[2]
Constant  positioning



Logging interval

Log file format
File creation interval
Memory  level display
File usage

Every 1, 5, 10, 15, or 30 seconds, or every 1, 2, or 5 minutes
One file per day
None [3]
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.

GPS Modes

Power  switch  set to

Power  switch  set to (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

Time adjustment

Clock precision

Updating Interval

Set GPS time  data on the camera [4][2]
High-precision time  adjustment: ±0.2 sec.[5]
Normal time  adjustment: ±1 sec.
Auto update: After satellite reception when GPS Receiver GP-E2 is turned on
Immediate updating


Digital Port

For direct  camera connection
For connection via dedicated interface cable to USB port [6]


Power  supply
Power  switch
Battery life
(continuous positioning)

Battery check

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


Operating Environment

54 x 73 x 44mm
Approx. 81g
0 – 45 °C, 85% or less humidity



Storage case,  Interface cables, Soft case,  Map Utility

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated
Subject to change without notice
[1] L1 band: Frequency allocated for civilian use. Other frequencies include the L2 band (military use) and L5 band (highprecision civilian use)
[2] Not compatible with EOS 7D even with firmware update
[3] When memory is full, older data is overwritten with new data.
[4] Requires signal acquisition from four or more satellites
[5] Margin of error relative to UTC time. High-precision time adjustment is only available for EOS-1D X
[6] Transmission via cable is used if GPS Receiver GP-E2 is attached to the hot shoe and connected by cable.


* Dispatch timeframes are indications only and may vary for multiple quantities. Timeframes are updated regularly during normal business hours.