Using GPS

Article ID: ART169117 | Date published: 12/06/2017 | Date last updated: 12/06/2017


Using GPS



The procedure is shown on a XF405 for the purposes of explanation. The position and shape of the operation buttons, screens displayed, and setting items may differ according to the model you use.


Using the Optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver

When the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is connected to the camcorder's USB terminal, the camcorder will automatically record the GPS information (longitude, latitude and altitude) and coordinated universal time (UTC) with the clips and photos you record.
For details about attaching and configuring the receiver, refer to the instruction manual of the GP-E2.


Connecting the GPS Receiver

Turn off the camcorder and the receiver. Connect the receiver to the camcorder's USB terminal using the USB cable*. While recording, place the receiver in the carrying case* and attach it to the camcorder's grip belt or carry it on your person.
* Supplied with the receiver.



[To adjust the date and time automatically according to the GPS data]
You can set [ System Setup ] -> [GPS Auto Time Setting] to [ Auto Update ], to have the camcorder automatically adjust its date and time settings according to the information received from the GPS signal. The date and time will be updated automatically the first time a correct GPS signal is acquired after turning on the camcorder.
  • While the automatic date/time adjustment is activated, the [ System Setup ] -> [Date/Time] setting will not be available.
  • The time will not be updated while recording or when Browser Remote is activated.



  • In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country.
  • Be careful about using GPS functions where the operation of electronic devices is restricted.
  • The GPS information recorded with clips and photos may contain data that can lead others to locate or identify you. Be careful when sharing geotagged recordings with others or when uploading them to the Web.
  • Do not leave the GPS receiver near strong electromagnetic fields such as near powerful magnets and motors.
  • The camcorder is not compatible with the receiver's digital compass and positioning interval functions. Also, the [Set Now] option is not available for the [GPS Auto Time Setting] setting.
  • Initial GPS signal reception will take longer after replacing the power source or when first turning on the camcorder after a period of having been turned off.
  • The GPS information recorded with clips corresponds to the location at the start of the recording.
  • Do not lay cables connected to the SDI OUT terminal ( only) or HDMI OUT terminal near the receiver. Doing so may negatively affect the GPS signal.




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