GPS Settings Menu


Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

GPS Settings Menu

Next up, page 3 in the Set Up Menu, we have GPS settings option, and so if you do have a GPS device hooked up to this, you can disable this or you can leave it in Mode 1 or Mode 2, and this is going to determine when the camera is on and recording information, and so in Mode it's going to be recording this information even when the camera's turned off, which is going to waste a bit more battery power. It can take the information from a phone and auto-update the timing of your camera. You know how your camera has the time on it? Well, it can automatically get the correct time from the nearby phone that is also giving that information. How often to you want your camera to update the GPS settings on this, and so the more you do this, the more it's going to wear down your battery and the more accurate it's going to be, so it's a bit of a compromise depending on how important super-accurate GPS information is. If you're okay with moderate GPS information, every minute or later will be fine...

to get you in the general region of where you were. If you want to check out your current GPS information, you can do that with this right here in the camera, and so you can see exactly where you are, and I may have misspoken a moment ago, it does have GPS in here, so you can do this without an external device, and so this will not be visible in many cases because you have too much building or blockage from the satellites, and so this is something that you do need to be kind of outside in a clear view of the sky. It needs to pick up usually on a couple of different GPS satellites, and it's not the strongest GPS receiver in here because it's a pretty small device and there's a lot of other things going on in here, so it's something that you do need to be out in a pretty clear area on. The GPS Logger is a pretty cool little device, where it logs everywhere the camera is, you know, every minute or so, and so if you're walking around, it's going to record basically a bread crumb trail of where you're at, and you'll be able to look at this in the Canon software, and so I went out with a camera with GPS and I was wandering around shooting photos, and you can pull up the map or the satellite version to overlay your route, and you can see where you were shooting all these different photos, and so this is what it looked like for one afternoon of my shooting in one particular park here. You can transfer this log data, which you will need to do if you want to look at it in that form. You have to transfer it from the camera via a memory card onto your computer; you would then need to use Canon software in order to see it. If you want to delete the log, you can delete it here as well, and so that is what the GPS Logger is doing. So that is your GPS settings. Next up, video system. We have different standards in different parts of the world. Set it appropriately. The mode guide is simply giving you additional information according to where the mode dial is turned on the top of your camera. For somebody who's new to photography, it might be kind of nice to have, but after a while, you're going to say hey, I know what I'm doing, I've seen this a hundred times before, I don't need this information up there, and so you would probably want to disable it once you get used to it, it kind of just gets in the way of the other information that you're probably looking to set like shutter speeds and apertures and other settings. The feature guide is a little popup window that'll help tell you more about a particular feature. When you're first getting started on the camera, it's kind of nice to see what a particular feature does. After a while, you get to learn those sorts of things and that window is simply blocking other stuff that you want to be looking at, and so it might be nice for a while, but my guess is that you're going to probably pretty quickly want to disable that so that you don't have that covering up other important information. All right, here's something else that's new to Canon cameras is we have a text option size, and so depending on your eyesight, possibly your age, if you want to have bigger text so that it's a little bit easier to read, you can set it at standard. If you want to see more of it on the screen, you can set it to small.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new Canon EOS 6D Mark II with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • Utilize the 6D Mark II's feature set for Vlogging
  • Customize the deep menu to fit your specific needs

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Nikon D7500’s settings to work for your style of photography.


a Creativelive Student

Always enjoy all of John's classes, but especially this one since I've decided to upgrade from my previous 6D. Awesome camera and this one is so much quieter than the older one. Thank you for explaining things in terms and ways that are easy to understand!


This course covers the controls and menu features of the EOS 6D Mark II in extremely comprehensive yet understandable detail. John Greengo is a polished presenter with a very real depth of knowledge which he manages to put over in ways that mere amateurs can comprehend. I would thoroughly recommend this class to anyone who already owns or is about to purchase a 6D Mark II. I purchased the class during the first 15 minute break after only watching one quarter of the full presentation.