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 units
- 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, so in that regard I'd rather not use them.
The main purpose of this will be to keep a log of where I've taken photographs. I'm not necessarily looking to tag the actual JPEG/raw files (especially the latter), but rather using Lightroom (which uses GPX, I know) to correlate photo and location, and then add the tag to the EXIF files on final export if desired (or just keep the information in the database for future reference).
I originally asked this question over at photo.se, and it was suggested that gis.se may be a better place.