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Canon EOS 1D X
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon GP-E2
Cable not needed with Canon 5D Mark III, needed
only for older Canon DSLRs

Overview of Nikon and Canon GPS Units

Both Nikon and Canon offer GPS units that can be connected to their respective brand DSLRs, with recent-model DSLRs having built-in menu support with recording options.

With both brands, the GPS units are add-on devices that are designed to be mounted in the hot-shoe of the camera, though both can be mounted to a belt or otherwise with a cable. 

For the Nikon GP-1 (about $195), a cable is required both to power the unit and to record data; the unit is a “dumb” unit with no electrical connection to the hot shoe; in the Canon GP-E2 case, both the Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 1D X (and perhaps other models) can use the GP-E2 cable-free with connection pins in the hot shoe taking care of connectivity.

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