02-04-2013 01:59 PM
Got my new EOS 6D for christmas (present to self... how else did Santa know what I
Great camera. Love the low light. Love the WiFi. ALMOST love the GPS. The GPS tends to drain the battery about 25% per day. On a 8-10 hour heavy shooting day, that's not a problem. I can still shoot 500-600 shots and the GPS only drains 8-10% during that time.
However, when the camera is in the bag... you can shut off the camera and shut off the GPS logging, and it still drains 25% per day. Leave the camera in the back for 4-5 days... and the battery is shot.
Only option is to take the battery out or use the menus and disable GPS and re-enable when you use camera again.
I think Canon needs a separate GPS timeout of about 3-6 hours. If GPS logging is disabled, GPS should shutdown after a few hours of non-use.
It's a drag to take your camera out after leaving in the bag for a couple of days and battery is already 50% down or more.
02-04-2013 06:39 PM
I read the manual after downloading it & you have me a bit confused . Are you turning the GPS to the OFF position and leaving it attached to your camera while in the bag? If it's OFF & still draining the battery (not sure whether you mean the camera battery but I think you do) something seems to NOT be off. The camera & the GPS unit shouldn't be talking to each other while switched off.
HOWEVER I really don't recommend leaving the GPS unit on when in the bag. That's ultimately going to turn into a problem at some point when it snags or gets bumped hard enough to damage the hot shoe. Removing it will cure the problem & it's the wise thing to do.
02-04-2013 07:16 PM
02-04-2013 09:00 PM
Got you, & I knew it was built in but forgot & read about the add on (I have an interest in it ). The new info you've posted leaves me to think that either you have a problem or that's a really stupid design, but so far I haven't seen any other complaints like yours so I'd be contacting Canon. Having to pull the battery between uses isn't logical but it sounds like your only work around.
02-04-2013 09:39 PM
02-04-2013 09:47 PM
I downloaded the 6D manual to read but it says the GPS is in another manual & I can't find it listed. There's one for the Wifi but it won't download.
02-04-2013 09:48 PM
02-04-2013 10:26 PM
I have to admit that I'd be very dissatisfied with that concept. If in fact it's the ONLY way to override the drain let's hope they do a firmware update to correct it. Until then I'd pull the battery EVERY time I put it away. Have you tried that to verify whether or not all your menu settings stay active when the battery is reinstalled? They should based on the fact killing the battery hasn't triggered a complaint from you about having to re set everything.
02-06-2013 01:27 PM
I've got the same issue with battery drain if I forget to off the GPS. A fix would be appreciated to off the GPS when switching off the camera.
In the mean time, I try not to forget to switch it off when not using the camera. And I've added a shortcut it in My menu setting for the GPS settings easy access, and I've a got a spare battery just in case I forgot...