Supported digital cameras

ArcPad supports digital photos at three levels:

Digital photos which have GPS coordinates embedded in the EXIF header of the image can be displayed on the ArcPad map as a photo layer. These georeferenced photos can be created with any camera which can interface with a GPS, such as the Ricoh 500SE camera. There are also software tools available which can insert GPS coordinates into the EXIF header. This is typically done by matching the time and date of the photo with the time and date of positions captured by a GPS. When creating a photo layer, ArcPad reads the GPS coordinates in the EXIF header, and automatically projects the latitude and longitude coordinates into the projection of the current ArcPad map. For more information on the EXIF header of digital photo image files, visit

ArcPad includes drivers for cameras which are connected directly to a mobile device. Connected cameras include cameras that are integrated in mobile devices, such as the HP iPAQ Windows Mobile devices, and cameras that are connected via the USB port on a mobile device. ArcPad includes drivers for the following connected digital cameras:

Support for additional connected cameras can be provided via custom camera extensions.

The Camera tools in ArcPad are used to take a photo with a connected camera. The camera tools are located in two places in ArcPad: on the QuickCapture toolbar, and on the Picture page of the Feature Properties dialog box. When taking a photo with the Camera tool, ArcPad verifies if you have a GPS active and a valid GPS position. If there is a valid GPS position then ArcPad will insert the GPS coordinates into the EXIF header of the resultant photo image file. These georeferenced photos can then be viewed as a photo layer in ArcPad. Whether or not a photo is georeferenced, photos that are associated with a feature can be viewed via the Picture page of the Feature Properties dialog box or by using the Hyperlink tool.