04-23-2014 10:06 AM - edited 04-23-2014 10:08 AM
The only solution I have found is removing the battery. I now remove the battery even when I will use the camera again for a few minutes. I hope Canon makes a firmware update SOON! Otherwise I do love it so!
Since this thread had the same complaint now since the model was introduced i cannot understand why it has not yet been addressed by Canon?
04-23-2014 05:01 PM
Just to re-iterate a previous post... Canon has now released 3 firmware updates to the 6D (if my memory is correct) and none addressed the (seemingly) obvious issue with the GPS drain.
The Magic Lantern guys DID heed the request and added a menu item to "enable or disable" GPS Auto-Off. If enabled, it turns off the GPS when the power switch is turned off or when the camera times out. When the camera is awakened, it restores the GPS state to what it was when you turned it off.
While I might prefer a 30 minute or 1 hr delay to auto-off with sleep, this solution is MUCH better than the native camera support. Plus, Magic Lantern also gives you a built-in intervelometer and a stack of high quality video recording options not available in the standard firmware.
I too dont understand why Canon, which is normally a pretty customer centric company, is ignoring this irritation from an otherwise terrific feature!!
Jim in Boulder
04-23-2014 05:18 PM
04-24-2014 02:44 PM
09-25-2014 09:11 AM
Charge battery on Sunday after use, replace it in camera on Monday morning. Grab camera for a quick news shot on Thursday morning and battery is so dead the camera will not power on and I have to take a news photo for publication with my cell phone. Come on, CANON, that can easily be fixed by timing out EVERYTHING after power has been off for an hour. GPS is a great feature, but it is not worth the price of missing important photos. I am not convinced it is the GPS. It is certainly not the battery, because a fully charged battery gets me as many as 800 shots and more, as long as it is in a few hours.
If Canon will not address the issue in a timely manner, perhaps someone has a hack that can be installed to turn the camera totally off after a preset delay.
09-25-2014 12:35 PM
09-25-2014 01:04 PM
Use Magic lantern. And meanwhile, also check the function Focus shortcuts.
Format your card, download the software http://builds.magiclantern.fm/ (for firmware 1.1.3) put the software in the root menu and do a firmware update in the camera. Follow the guide in the camera thereafter,
09-26-2014 06:41 PM
It's absolutely understandable that you would be frustrated at an attempt to use the camera once the battery had died. Like others posting here, the common thread seems to be the GPS. The camera implements a system thereby disabling the GPS in the Menu of the camera which will prevent the type of drain experienced. The EOS 6D's GPS manual explicitly states, on page G-6, that if you choose to leave the GPS enabled it will drain the battery quickly.
When [Select GPS device] is set to [Internal GPS] , the camera will continue to receive GPS signals at set intervals while the camera's power is switched off. This will drain the battery faster, reducing the number of shots that can be taken. Additionally, when [Log GPS position] is set to [Enable], the shorter update intervals will drain the battery even more quickly. When you will not use the GPS function, when you are not traveling, or when GPS signals are weak, setting [Select GPS device] to [Disable] is recommended.
Today's cellular telephones operate the same way; leave location services turned on, battery drains quickly. Turn location services off and the battery lasts much, much longer.
09-26-2014 07:27 PM
Your reply shows how badly and fundamentally Canon misunderstands the problem.
If you leave your camera SWITCHED ON, and don't touch it for a few minutes, it goes into standby, right? If I have GPS enabled, I might expect my battery to drain in standby. Likewise, when I put my cell phone on standby by switching the screen off, I would expect location services to continue to drain my battery.
However, if I POWER MY PHONE OFF, it would be unheard-of and absurd if it continued to poll the GPS and drain my battery. When you turn your phone completely off, just like your camera, the EXPECTED BEHAVIOR is that the battery will be in a similar condition when you turn it on next time, because it shouldn't continue to run after you've shut it off.
When I turn my cell phone back on after having it turned off for a period of time, location services come back on and begin to poll my location again automatically, but NOT while I have the phone shut down.
So let me put this as clearly as possible:
We want an option to turn GPS on when the camera is powered on via the power switch, but then turn it off with the rest of the camera when the power is switched off. You know, the expected behavior of virtually all electronics.