Z9 GPS disables itself

I’ve been out using my Z9 every weekend, but a bit behind on actually going through all the photos.

Just now I was reviewing some and was surprised to realise there were no GPS coordinates. In any from that day. Where I was outdoors for hours in a flat grass field.

I then discovered that none of my photos from the Z9 have included their geolocation for a couple of weeks.

Lo and behold, in the settings on the Z9 I now find that recording location data is turned off. I did not turn it off.

I don’t have much idea how it could have turned itself off. About the only thing I can think of is that it might relate to configuring or switching between setting banks. That’s the only thing I can think of that might coincide timing-wise.

Update: it’s now happened twice, and the second time definitely had nothing to do with changing any camera settings. My new hypothesis is that if the battery gets to empty it disables GPS recording, for some reason.

In any case, there’s no valid reason for it to have disabled itself. Rather frustrating.

As far as I can tell no other settings have been reset or otherwise modified from what I set them to.

It’s a long shot, but if anyone else sees this behaviour in their Z9 (or knows why it happens), please do leave a comment.

4 thoughts on “Z9 GPS disables itself”

  1. I can confirm that my Z9 does the same thing – if the battery runs down to the point that shutter release is disabled then the “Record Location Data” setting is turned off and not re-enabled when you put a new battery in.

    Very annoying 🤯

  2. I have the same issue. I did observe that the GPS was once off after the battery was drained, but I’m not sure that it happened at that point. I sure would like to be able to defeat this behavior, or at least know when it’s going to happen.


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