There are a bunch GPS loggers out there, but a good portion need software to download the data onto a computer. Some of the software is Windows-only, but others are Mac-compatible (what I need). However I'd rather not deal with such software in the first place.
I ran across what I think are called "driverless" loggers: when you plug them into the computer they simply show up as a (FAT) drive where you can then simply read the text file (usually in NMEA format).
I've run across the following:
- AMOD AGL3080
- Columbus V-900/990 (uses removable SD cards)
- Sony GPS-CS1/3 (discontinued, AFAICT)
Has anyone used these types of devices? How well do they work (especially with Mac OS 10.7+)? Any advice on particular devices (either to buy or avoid)?
I'm not really interesting in full-blown GPS units (Garmin, TomTom) as I don't need the mapping functionality (and extra bulk). I also don't want to have a phone app, because (a) I don't have a smartphone, and (b) even if I did, I wouldn't want to run down its battery. A small logger that saves the position every 1-10s that's light enough to carry is what I'm looking for. The Garmin GPS watches also need special software.
I'm also not necessarily looking to tag the actual JPEG/raw files (especially the latter), but using Lightroom (which uses GPX, I know) to correlate photo and location, and then add the tag to the EXIF files on export if desired (or just keep the information in the database for future reference).