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The first GeoTagged video camera is burn.

We have now GeoTagging capabilities in our 353 camera model.

This page explain current capabilities, discuss the wishes and present some examples.

Geo Tagging on Elphel cameras


We use EXIF to store GEO data. This is a typical example of stored data:

Camera: Elphel 353D
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/2000)
Image Description: Elphel Geo test
Software: elphel353-
Date and Time: 2008:04:13 01:01:02
Artist Name: 00:0E:64:08:01:F5
Date and Time (Original): 2008:04:13 01:01:02
Sub-Second Time (Original): 264867
Latitude: N 40° 43.54' 0"
Longitude: W 111° 54.24' 0"
Altitude: 1307.7
GPS Time (atomic clock): 1/1,


GPS Measurement Mode: 3
GPS Date: 2008:04:13
Direction of Image: 443/10
Destination - North or South Latitude: S
Latitude of Destination: 40/10,


Destination - East or West Longitude: E
Longitude of Destination: 196/10,




Here are some examples of JPEG images from Elphel 353 camera with GeoTagged EXIF: [1], [2], [3], [4]


Each image in the video stream is GEO Tagged in EXIF, so even the video files such as MOV can be parsed to extract GEO Tagging information from each particular frame. Here are some HD and 5MPix video examples: [5], [6], [7]


There are multiple possible application of GEO Tagging. Here are some of them:

Flickr / Panoramio / ...

You can upload JPEGs from Elphel camera to Flickr, Panoramio or any similar service. EXIF data will be recognized and the images will be automatically placed on the world map.

Here is an example.

Google Map

- a google map with a sequence of images. Each thumbnail is linked to the high definition image.

Google Earth

Here is a KML file for Google Earth with links to photos stored on our server.

Needed hardware & software

We used Elphel 353 model with 10369 board mounted inside.


We used a Ocean 5000 compass that is mounted inside the camera and connected to the USB on 10369 board.


Garmin GPS18 was used as external USB GPS

Future plans