Photo Navigation

6 thoughts on “Photo Navigation”

  1. I recently purchased a nuvi 855 and all-in-all I am dissatisfied with Garmin’s product. I explored the Photo Navigation capability and found out they had proprioratized the capability.

    Although the system can be hacked [which I did], you’re left with a rather primitive and rigid display architecture which is tied to Panoramio. When photos are displayed, they force you to see the logo “Panoramio” and text such as “Author”. There is no hyperlinking capability, no album capability. Data is stored as XML files but with very limited content; Links to jpeg images, text for display, lat and lon.

    Worse, the software Garmin designers did a poor job of memory management. I was easily able to overload the memory resources of my nuvi 855 with no warning beyond bizarre locking up behavior of the device.

    Sadly, after 1 day of using my device, it’s broken. I attempted to reset the device to no avail. I attempted to download the device to no avail. I turn it on, it wakes up like it was fresh out of the box [no user data] and after a half a dozen random menu presses it hangs.

    I’m was looking forward to developing an application on it. But, sadly, it’s another piece of hi-tech junk that I’ll end up returning to Frye’s.

    P.S. If you do buy a Garmin, make sure you can return it.

  2. UPDATE: Garmin issued a fix and the Garmin came back to life. Sadly, the nuvi still is tied at the hip with having to display Panoramio pictures. Garmin has apparently gone out of their way to produce a product destined to be inflexible and worthless.

  3. well i find my germin to be a beauty. Better than my old tomtom and navman units.
    I think it a little unfair to bag them after someone mucks around hacking the software and trying who knows what else?

  4. I’ve had nothing but great service from all the Garmin products I’ve had. Same for the Magellan GPS units I’ve bought.

  5. Your statement about Garmin’s Photo Navigation that “they take this one step further by allowing to you set the image as a Point of Interest (POI) if the image has been geotagged using EXIF data” is false. Garmin’s Photo Navigation does not currently use location coordinates in the .jpg image EXIF data, but instead references the image file name to retrieve the coordinates stored in a corresponding named .gpx file where the coordinates were stored when the image was downloaded from the Garmin Connect web site. The site retrieves a limited set of images from the Panoramio site where the images have been mapped, but not actually geotagged in the image EXIF. Garmin’s Panoramio images often have no location data in their EXIF.

    Your statement misleads people to think they may be able to load and use any image geotagged with location coordinates in the EXIF for photo navigation, however, this cannot be done, unfortunately. This clumsy and limited way of implementing photo navigation makes it difficult and extremely impractical to try to use your own geotagged photos for photo navigation. You can load your own photos, even without any geotagged EXIF, to Panoramio and map them there, but they may or may not ever show up on the Garmin Connect site WHERE YOU MUST DOWNLOAD ANY IMAGES TO BE USED FOR PHOTO NAVIGATION. And even if they do show up, it may take a while, and they may never all appear at the same time, due to Garmin’s space limitations. No other source works, unless you want to hack up a .gpx file to reference your own geotagged images.

    Now that could be a useful app if some developer wants to write something that would create the necessary .gpx file from a geotagged image, so both could be loaded to Garmin device locally to use for photo navigation. This would allow photographer’s to return to a spot they want to revisit, or to share that location with others who may want to navigate there, and free everyone from depending on the limited Garmin Connect site.

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