Cameras with GPS from Canon and Pentax

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS A couple of compact digital cameras with built-in GPS have been announced at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Japan this week: Canon’s PowerShot SX230 HS ($350) and Pentax’s Optio WG-1 GPS (pictured; also in black), which at $400 is a $50 premium over its non-GPS cousin. Both to be available next month. News coverage: Digital Photography Review (Canon, Pentax), Photography Blog (Canon, Pentax).

I don’t think either Canon or Pentax has released a camera with built-in GPS before, but a Canon representative was predicting built-in GPS within two years only — um — two years ago. Since then, however, Casio, Nikon, Leica, Panasonic and Sony have all released cameras with built-in GPS.