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No GPS data added to photos when transferred

(Topic created: 11-26-2022 03:11 PM)
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stevef70
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Hi, I recently bought an A13 and I am delighted with it, but there is one small issue.

GPS location is not being added to the exif data. Pre-empting all those who want to ask, I'll confirm that :

  • Location service is on and working in google maps, OSMand, and other apps
  • Camera has permission to access location
  • Camera settings adjusted to add location data to pix

Curiously - and confirming that GPS is working - when viewing the images in the gallery on the phone, I can see a map with a pointer at the location where I took the pic. So the phone knows where it was taken, but when I transfer the pix to my laptop and examine the exif data, all GPS fields are empty.

So what else could it be? I think I've covered everything but I'm happy to be corrected if someone has an answer.

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jj28
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Same issue with my A22. If I switch back to JPG format GPS data is added as expected

 

 
stevef70
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If you switch 'back' to JPG? What format were you using before that?

 

 

stevef70
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A couple of comments here mention the idea that the GPS data exists but is stripped when pix are transferred. I don't believe this is the case. For a start, that would require a special background program to be running which would have to identify events when pix are being transferred and modify them on the fly. It's not impossible, but it would add demand on the system and slow down transfers by a significant amount.

Secondly, I can browse my phone from my computer and examine the EXIF data in situ. It's all there, except for GPS data. So it's not that it's being stripped from the pix, it is not being added in the first place.

 

 

aj347
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Interesting point Steve.

Option 1/ Take picture, a jpg file is created along with another file. Open picture on phone and the phone pulls in the GPS data by linking the two files.

Q/ Where is this other file stored? I could go with this idea because other cameras create small thumb nail files when displaying multiple images.

Option 2/ Take picture, jpg file created with all camera settings including GPS.

Q/ If image stored on removable SD card then if I remove the SD card all the data should be there with the picture? And the phone wouldn't have any control over the file!

Could there be hidden file kept on internal memory, very possible!

But why not allow the user to do what ever they want. Or have a warning of the information being available.