How to Change GPS Information on Your Canon EOS 6D

Your EOS 6D has all the bells and whistles, including options for internal GPS. When you enable GPS, the camera uses default settings to refresh the GPS signal. You can change the refresh rate and view other information about the current GPS coordinates by following these steps:

  1. Enable Internal GPS.

    After you enable GPS the Set Up option becomes available.

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  2. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to highlight Set Up, and then press Set.

    The Set Up options for the Internal GPS are displayed. The first option is Auto Time Setting, which is set to Auto Update by default. If you disable this option, the GPS will acquire the signal and coordinates of the position where you enabled GPS, but will not update the signal as you move, which defeats the purpose of GPS. Leave this option at its default setting.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control Dial to highlight Position Update Timing, and then press Set.

    The Update Timing options are displayed.

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  4. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control Dial to highlight the desired timing interval.

    The default option is 15 seconds, which is fine for most photographers. However, if you have a tendency to spend a long time in one location, you can specify a longer interval for updates. If you specify a shorter interval for updates, GPS drains the battery quicker.

  5. Press Set.

    The desired update timing interval is applied and you’re returned to the GPS Set up menu.

  6. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight the GPS information display, and and press Set.

    The GPS information display appears. This information is useful when you first enable GPS at a specific location. The information provided is the longitude and latitude of your current position, the date and time (UTC, which is essentially Greenwich Mean Time). In addition the display shows you the relative strength of the satellite signal. If you see 3D listed next to the satellite strength, you can receive elevation information as well.

    Take the elevation information with lots of grains of salt; it’s not that accurate. If you see 2D listed next to the satellite strength, you can only receive longitude and latitude information.

  7. After reviewing the information, press Set.

    You’re returned to the GPS Set up menu. The only other option is the GPS Logger.

  8. Press the Shutter button halfway and start taking pictures.

    As long as you see the GPS signal in your viewfinder (or on the LCD panel) and it’s not blinking, you’ll record GPS information with the images you photograph. When you create images with GPS enabled, the information can also be seen when you review images on your LCD monitor.

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GPS is a wonderful option; keep in mind, however, that it does drain the battery. Many photographers will enable GPS, shoot some images, put the camera in the camera bag, stow it away in the closet, and then not use the camera for a week. This drains the battery; even though the camera’s not in use, the GPS is still acquiring a signal at the specified update time interval.

When you’re not using GPS, disable it. It would be wonderful if Canon had a switch on the camera that disabled GPS, but unfortunately they don’t — which means you’ll have to access the camera menu to disable GPS and stop the drain on the battery. Alternatively, you can remove the battery from the camera.

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