Saturday, March 1, 2008
Gadget Bag: Path Finders
All-in-one watches that do more than tell time for photographersThis Article Features Photo Zoom
For those who like to photograph or live in or around mountains, there’s the Highgear Alterra digital altimeter wristwatch. It’s an altimeter, barometer, compass, ski chrono, thermometer and a watch all in one. Each of these functions has features that will keep you ahead of any unexpected storm and help with your sense of direction. The digital altimeter has a working range of 2,303 to 30,058 feet and shows your rate of ascent and descent, and the barometer is a great tool to help you predict the weather. The thermometer allows you to check current temperatures, and the ski chrono shows your current and base altitude. Estimated Street Price: $170.
All of these GPS-enabled wristwatches track your routes and store them as data that later can be analyzed on a computer via a USB connection. You can mark where you’ve taken a great shot and navigate back there to shoot again.
An ideal tool for outdoor photographers, these all-in-one watches provide data in any sort of inclement weather or elements. They enable us to better predict and track our movements and help us get shots that may be impossible to get any other way.
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