Digital Camera Illustrates Camera Shot with Google Earth

Geospatially Aware Ricoh Digital Camera in Google EarthAt first this just looked like another advertisement for a digital camera supporting GPS. There are actually an increasing number of cameras which have features for enabling GPS (such as Bluetooth). What is interesting is if you scroll down to here, you see the company advertising this (Geospatial Experts – a photo mapping company) has a feature for outputting the Ricoh camera photos into Google Earth.
What I especially like is the example showing 3D cones which illustrate the way the photos were taken by showing the camera position, and the direction the shot was taken. Click on a placemark overlayed on the GE aerial photos, and you’ll see the photo taken with the camera and links to how the camera can watermark the photos with additional information like this. Now that is amazing! (thanks to GEB reader Valery Hronusov for the tip)
By the way, if you don’t have a camera that supports a built-in GPS don’t let that stop you. Check out software like RoboGEO and how to georeference photos, if you have a separate GPS, and output them to Google Earth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Bob Cicconetti says:

    Looks intriguing, but how do they determine which way the camera is pointing? Accelerometers? Digital Compass?

  2. I get X in place of cameras. does anyone know what is wrong??

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