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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

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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?

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Registered: ‎12-14-2012

Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

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

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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

Thanks. I have figured that out thanks to the thread, but still am puzzled why Canon does not do the Magic Lantern fix. I'm leery of downloading it mostly because of the potential warranty issues, although i really like some of the features!
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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

JB,

I hear you! I had been aware of MagicLantern for some time, but resisted. I lusted after the built-in intervalometer as I do a lot of astrophotography and it would be GREAT to let the camera go for 100 2-minute exposures (while I have a couple of glasses of wine). But when they added the GPS-off, I broke down and installed it. Now I have the intervalometer AND my battery isn't dead every time I take the camera out of the bag. ;-)

Jim
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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

I've installed the Magic Lantern nightly build for the 6D, but I don't see the GPS setting. Can someone point me to where that setting is?

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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

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.

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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

Robert,
From my tests it most assuredly is the GPS that drains. I calculated about 25% drain per day or 4 days for a full meltdown... Which matched your experience. Turn off GPS, put the camera to sleep, and it's still 4 bars a month later.

I installed MagicLantern for 6D which is a "hack" that adds loads of functionality to Canon DSLRs. One of the developers added an Auto GPS off and restart. When camera sleeps, GPS turns off. When awakened, if previously on, it restores it.

Can't imagine why Canon refuses. Their users are speaking!!

Jim in Boulder
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Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

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,

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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

Hello RobertFrei,

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.  

Battery Consumption

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. 

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Re: 6D GPS Drains battery when idle

Tim,

 

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.

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