This happened to me one time. Judging from the date of this, you probably have found a solution. The bottom line is that the camera has accidentally been placed in "Standby" mode. It is the lever surrounding the back of camera record button. When this is moved to standby, the VCR mode works, but nothing for the Camera mode. Hope this helps.
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just so you know, your camera model was included in the list for what we call the "ccd program". this program has ran for 5 years and unfortunately ended march this year. sony gave free repairs for cameras and camcorders affected by the defective ccd imaging sensor before the said date. issue with the camera shows a black or distorted screen in camera mode. but the you should still be able to see the indicators on the screen. when switch to vcr you should be able to play back previous recordings that you made. better to really make sure its a ccd issue, play a tape that you're sure contains a movie recording and play it, then set it to camera mode and see if you get just a black screen. if you try recording using a tape, you may see nothing but should hear the audio part. if this is what's happening we can be sure it's a ccd issue. if your camcorder just won't turn on in camera mode, maybe the power switch turned defective or it can be other parts of the unit that stopped working.if this is the case, then of course, your unit may require service to address the problem.hope this info helps.thanks:)
You should contact Canon about the situation.
Let them know you are aware of the problem CCD sensor on the S1 camera. Actually S1 is repaired free of charge because of the CCD problem.
You should suggest that your camera probably has the same defect as the S1.
See what they say.
If you need more info please advice.
This problem is only related with back light in lcd screen and has nothing to do with ccd imager chip as explained by previous expert. LCD screen is not getting enough voltage to lit back light to show its image thus you get darker image. I suspect back light circuit section at main board got physical damage due to drop of camera. Visual check by qualified camera tech is needed to fix it.
i know exactly whats wrong! the same thing happend to me.
1. turn off the gl1
2.look at the record button with the lock and standby switch
3.flip the switch all the way to standby because it might be stuck in the middle
4. turn on your camera
Check to see if the stanby lever that surrounds the record switch on the back of the camera has inadvertently been put on standby. If this has happened, the VCR will work but not the camera. Move it off of lock to standby and it should crank right up.
Camera is designed with one cirucit board to control most functions. The camera probably has a damaged component or dead CCD chip. There is no economical solution but replace the whole camera because the part is not available to replace it.