11-12-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on 12-29-2014 08:37 AM by Danny
Tried the GPS on a new 7D Mark II. The GPS symbol just kept blinking...did not connect. I tried it again and let it blink for an hour...no connect. I was wearing a Garmin GPS watch...it connected in about 3 minutes so I know there are satellites up there.
Canon said the GPS was defective, exchange the camera. I did that and when I left the camera shop, I turned GPS on...it connected on less than one minute. Ah, I said, probelm solved...but
Today I took Mark II for another walk, and guess what, the GPS symbol blinked but did not connect Disabled and tried again several times...no connect.
Did I get two faulty cameras...or are others also having GPS no connect problems with the Mark II???
Richard M, NYC
11-12-2014 03:28 PM
Did you try the original camera's GPS at the camera shop before you turned it in? Have you gone back to the camera shop with the replacement camera and tried it there? Maybe the 7D2's GPS receiver just isn't as sensitive as your GPS watch?
11-12-2014 09:09 PM
I'm just guessing but worked in Manhattan, you say NYC, and know there are many "canyon'd" streets. Is it possible you just aren't able to get a clear signal where you're trying? Have you gone to Central Park? JK I think that's weird too. Sorry, wish I had a 7DII to compare notes with you.
12-29-2014 08:03 AM
Thank you for the post.
Even when signal acquisition conditions are good, it can still take up to over 60 seconds to acquire a conneciton to the GPS satellite after you enable the GPS. Until it makes the connection, the GPS indicator on the LCD will blink. Once it is solid, it has made the connection and you can now shoot.
03-26-2015 07:15 AM
09-16-2015 06:26 AM
With firmware 1.0.5 it seems they've done something towards remedying the problem as only twenty or so of the 5500 shots I took yesterday didn't register GPS readings. I chose to update this time in the hope that:
"Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the "Geotag information appended to image" and "Log data" GPS functions." meant what I trusted it meant ...
I will still be monitoring as much as I can but having to keep a constant check on my equipment isn't my idea of customer satisfaction.
09-16-2015 08:09 AM
09-18-2015 01:39 PM
Good for you. I don't use WiFi on this job. I need the 112-480mm reach on the lens.
The GPS failed again on a run of 130 shots today, so the firmware hasn't corrected the fault after all.
09-23-2015 09:22 AM
A world first for Canon! Firmware behaves like living organism! After just a few days of updating - the effect wears off, just like leaving a beer can open!
Kidding aside, the firmware has clearly done absolutely nothing to address the issue of GPS unreliability.
Thank you Canon. Like I said, nice camera but the GPS unit is total rubbish. I've tried several times to contact Canon Europe to pass on my complaints but they've chosen not to take any notice whatsoever, so their so- called customer service is rubbish too.
Well done Canon, when Sony overtakes you, you' ll wonder why ...