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Jan 26, 2018 08:36 |  #1

Been playing around with Bluetooth on my 6DII and as far as I can tell, it does - nothing. You can connect camera and pair with your smartphone, but absolutely nothing else. Can't see images on the camera - tries to switch to wifi. Can't shoot remotely - switches to wifi. Am I missing something or is it really that useless? Does it have a function?




  
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Jan 26, 2018 08:44 |  #2

I used Bluetooth connection to shoot remotely on my 5D4 last week. First time I tried, worked well.
Only problem I had was disconnecting cleanly, have not looked into that yet.


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Jan 26, 2018 09:17 as a reply to  @ Choderboy's post |  #3

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Jan 26, 2018 11:48 |  #4

Have you tried looking for a APP for your phone, which is oriented to functionality pertinent to connected cameras?

Simply establishing a Bluetooth connection betweeen two devices merely establishes a line of communications between them...THEN you have to have them do something useful that USES that communications path!

There are apps for Andoid like Canon Camera Connect, for example. Other apps connect via wi-fi, not bluetooth.

Per the Canon blurb, there does not seem to be a lot of function using Bluetooth, though.
" Bluetooth® also lets you quickly and easily connect the EOS 6D Mark II camera to the optional Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 for remote shooting."


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Jan 26, 2018 12:23 |  #5

Yeah, I did not miss the fact you have 6D2.

Canon connect app:

[Features and compatible models]
1) Wi-Fi connection with the camera for image transfer and remote live view shooting.
2) Adding location information to camera images
3) Bluetooth connection with enabled cameras
4) NFC touch operation with enabled cameras

[SUPporting features: 1, 3, 4]
EOS 6D Mark II
(Remote release of the camera shutter via Bluetooth is available with the BR-E1, sold separately)

[SUPporting features: 1, 4]
EOS 5D Mark IV


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Jan 26, 2018 12:44 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #6

Thanks! Just making sure I wasn't missing something! Apparently its only function is to pair with a bluetooth remote that Canon sells.




  
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Jan 26, 2018 13:06 as a reply to  @ Choderboy's post |  #7

So, you own the bluetooth remote control, yes?




  
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Jan 26, 2018 14:29 as a reply to  @ HWolf's post |  #8

No. I installed Canon Connect app on phone. I setup camera near a birds nest then shot video from about 10 metres away. I got jerky live view on phone. Good enough to check framing. BR-E1 is not compatible with 5D4.


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Jan 26, 2018 14:34 as a reply to  @ Choderboy's post |  #9

Aye, I can do that too, but not with Bluetooth connection.




  
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Jan 26, 2018 14:39 |  #10

HWolf wrote in post #18549508 (external link)
Thanks! Just making sure I wasn't missing something! Apparently its only function is to pair with a bluetooth remote that Canon sells.

Maybe a more accurate way to put it is that it's function is to establish a BT connection. What you do with that connection is up to you and the APP you chose to use.


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Jan 26, 2018 14:47 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #11

*nod* I am talking solely about the Canon Camera Connect app. It allows you to connect, and pair, with a smartphone via bluetooth. But if you disable wifi and try and use either View Images on Camera or Remote Shooting it immediately fails saying there is no wifi connection. I'd like to know more about the 5D4 and how it works now...




  
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Jan 26, 2018 14:59 as a reply to  @ Choderboy's post |  #12

Ok, I checked. Unless I'm mistaken, the 5D mark IV doesn't even HAVE Bluetooth. I think your connections have all been with wifi, which has nothing at all to do with my inquiry.




  
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Jan 26, 2018 15:14 |  #13

Just fooling around in a store I was readily able to connect a 6D with a smartphone. I used the directions at http://support-hk.canon-asia.com …nts/HK/EN/82035​92700.html (external link) following the specific steps for Bluetooth. I would also check https://www.usa.canon.​com …era-connect-compatibility (external link) and consider using Canon's camera connect utility.




  
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Jan 26, 2018 15:37 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #14

Yes, I have successfully made a connection via Bluetooth, but nothing can actually be done with it.




  
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Jan 26, 2018 15:57 |  #15

Bluetooth is nothing more than a wireless communication protocol for short distances. You can do as much, or as little, as you can do with a wifi connection. Like others have said, it's the app you will be doing something with, not the transmission.




  
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