It would be interesting to hear what the SDM "guys" proposed to do for you.
I was quite skeptical - at first look the project looked almost like an abandoned or a dead one - pretty static web page with old graphics, most of the camera models listed as supported not being sold anymore etc. Also, no real open sourced development with current TRUNK code being publicly accessible, only older releases... However after little research I found out SDM is quite active under the hood - responsive mailing list and the main developer (David), of course there are few current cameras being supported, only the compatibility lists are outdated so one has to ask for more information in the mailing list.
Regarding how they helped me - well, it was enough to find the project is alive
and few current cameras are supported. Since I need about 10 FPS and am happy with FullHD resolution I am about to realize synced video may be a decent way to go for my requirements. Probably much better than trying to squeeze many FPS from a continuous shooting mode of P&S camera for the same price. Considering the GPS sync - I will probably not need a very high sync accuracy at fist because I will use simple GPS (no RTK or DGPS signal corrections) so I will only log GPS position with timestamps along while syncing at the start of video capture.
stay with a GPL compliment open source solution if that is important to you?
I do not understand what you mean here. Do you say SDM is not GPL compliant? 1.85 has a GPL license in its distribution... Maybe you mean David might not always distribute source along with 1.86 testing binaries that he sends to people for beta-testing of new camera models?