Back in January I reviewed the ATP PhotoFinder GPS picture tracker, a handy gadget used to record the position at which a photo was taken using co-ordinates from the international Global Positioning Satellite network, the same system your car's Satellite Navigation uses. The device has proved to be a big hit with the growing hobby of Geotagging, so not surprisingly ATP has followed up with the launch of the PhotoFinder Mini, a more sophisticated device with some additional features.
Unlike the original device, the PhotoFinder Mini consists of two separate parts, a small base unit containing card reader slots for SD/SDHC, CompactFlash or Memory Stick, a battery charger and USB plug on a shot cable, as well as a docking position for the second and smaller part, the GPS receiver itself. This part is about a third of the size and half the weight of the original self-contained PhotoFinder and about half the size of the Sony GPS Location Recorder, measuring approximately 24 x 35 x 60mm, and weighing approximately 40g. It has a short fixed webbing strap connected to a small metal karabiner-type clip used to attach it to you camera bag or belt, but it is so small and light that you can attach it to your camera's neck strap without it getting in the way too much.
The receiver unit has a mini-USB socket and a slot for an MMC Micro memory card, which is used to store the recorded GPS data. It comes with a 128MB card as standard which provides enough storage space for around 16 hours of data, which is also the maximum duration of the unit's rechargeable battery, but larger cards (up to 512MB) are available. It's a shame that it doesn't use the cheaper, higher capacity and more readily available Micro SD cards used in many mobile phones, but it's not a major handicap.