A GPS is nothing new, but if you’re a little behind the technology curve, you may not have bought your own GPS just yet. What are you waiting for? If you’re a traveling photographer, it is really a must-have item. Before you think about getting another lens or upgrading cameras, put your money to practical use by getting a navigation system. You’ll wonder how you ever did without one.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a GPS:

How recent is the GPS?
If your GPS has out-of-date roads, you’ll find yourself frequently frustrated. We had one major interstate in our area that underwent a major change, and our old GPS kept telling us to take a route that didn’t make sense because of the changes to the road. Try to do a reality check before committing to a route.

How big is the screen?
You want to be able to see the GPS clearly so you can take a quick glance, then direct your eyes back to the road. As a bonus, it’s usually easier to enter directions on the touchscreens that have more surface area.

Is it easy to use?
Both GPS units we’ve had have been extremely easy to use. If you find your GPS not very user friendly, it’s not going to be saving you a whole lot of time.

Does it give you the best possible route?
One of our biggest frustrations with our current GPS is that it has a tendency to heavily favor major interstates instead of the real fastest route. Just yesterday it was trying to take us out of the way to get to a major interstate, which would have turned a 2.5 hour trip into 3.5. Print a Google map as a double-check for your GPS. Probably as GPS technology improves, this will be less of an issue because they’ll work out some of the bugs.

One Response to “GPS – The Greatest Technology For Photographers Who Travel”

  1. TJ says:

    Update: I would NOT recommend TomTom, at least not the one we bought. We’ve continued to have bad directions from our GPS. We had no problems with Magellan, and we’ve used other people’s Garmin with no problems. Frustating!