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Canon gl1 - no picture in the fold out lens

After a recent shoot (camera is rarely used), the camera is not showing an image in the viewer (the flip out side screen which is something like 2X1. I can look through the eye piece and see the image but not on the screen. Battery was charged, camera was on "vcr" to play back. Is there a setting that controls this (I'm thinking I perhaps hit a button). As you can tell, I'm not terribly skilled when it comes to mechanical items. Hoping you can help, Regards, Ron Capito

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Re: Canon gl1 - no picture in the fold out lens


By placing the POWER switch into CAMERA mode, you will then be able to press the MENU button, and access all camera adjustments....including the LCD function.

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Typically, fuses protect the "hot" side of circuits. The reverse polarity puts the ground plane on all the power feeds in the circuit, and the normal ground plane becomes hot with unregulated voltage, which will fry anything not rated for the full supply, and it will do it before the fuse blows. There are often fusible links in small voltage circuits such as camcorders, and they're basically low ohm resisters that open up when overloaded, and act as fuses. You have to really know circuitry to spot them, or have a schematic. If you can get a used camera with a lens problem on ebay, you could probably swap out the circuit boards and get it to work, otherwise, the dreaded repair guy might have to be engaged. I've rarely seen a camera revived after having this happen to it. Sorry, wish I had better news, and good luck.

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Hi there,

I know this camera well !

This is likely to be your heads, but you need to be made aware of the following:

1) MiniDV cassette

The quality of your cassettes should first be considered:

Panasonic, Canon and several other brands use what is called "Dry Lubricant" cassettes. For this reason, you should AVOID at all costs, any cassette made from a manufacturer whose cameras use Wet Lubricant type cassettes. Unfortunately, this means you should AVOID SONY cassettes (as Sony cameras use the WET lubricant system).

Dry type cassettes also cause less wear on your heads.

I would highly recommend you use only Panasonic PQ (Professional), SQ (Studio) or MQ (Master) quality cassettes.

(PS: I use these Dry type cassettes on my Canon Pro Camera)

2) Camera HEADS

As stated in above (re the cassettes), if you have inadvertantly used a WET type cassette in your camera (i.e. Sony or similar), have been using old cassettes or debris/dust has entered the compartment, then there is a high probability that some microscopic contaminants may have fouled your heads.

If so, your heads will require cleaning.

The good news is, Panasonic have a MiniDV Head Cleaning cassette (DVMCLA) which can be purchased for around $8 - $15. (try

If you choose to use this cleaning cassette, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you only run the cassette for a max. of 5 seconds ONLY, for each clean (and no more than 10secs, as using this cassette longer than stated, can cause wear). Then, try playback of your old cassettes to look for improvement. Cleaning is only necessary, if you experience drop outs on dry type cassettes, or pixelating of picture playback.

If this head cleaning process does not resolve your problem, then you will require professional assessment.

Good Luck !

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