My Canon XL1 is flashing a red light where the Power light normally turns on. What are your thoughts? I've turned it off and turned it back on and even rotated through the various settings and still the red flashing light.
The flashing "boat" in the middle of the viewfinder just means the button battery is dead. Camera will still work. It's the little pull-out light grey plastic thing that's next to the heel of your right hand when you're using the camera normally. You need a CR2025 cell.
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The red flashing symbol means that the backup battery needs to be replaced. I'm not sure that it is what is preventing recording, but you can change it and see if it works.
The backup battery is a CR2025 button battery. It is located under a square plastic cover, beneath the main battery. Take the main battery off and you should see this cover. The backup battery should be installed with the + facing out.
I just posted another solution on the main link. Basically hook up the unit to the ac adapter, reset the menu to get rid of the blinking red light, and then put a new tape in on camera mode. The unit was able to record again and also work in camera mode.
Hi . .
I downloaded the manual . . found I needed to replace the 3 volt lithium battery
located on the underside of the hand grip for the zoom.
Changed the battery . . . No red flashing icon in the viewfinder.
Just fixed this problem. It is one of the three main fuses that have blown out. This is not supposed to be consumer accessible or fixable, but I did it.
Open up the camera case using the 5 allen head screws
disconnect the top ribbon cable going to the playback buttons on the handle.
on the main board (behind the tape deck) are 3 tiny square black fuses
The top fuse FU3201 is the VTR
The middle fuse FU3200 is the Motor
The bottom fuse FU3202 is the Camera/Lense
The bottom fuse was my culprit. I found a tiny piece of copper and bent it into a U shape and slipped it over the fuse so that it touched the metal terminals on both sides and bypassed the fuse. This fixed the problem.
Haven't used the camera extensively since, but shoot about 10 hrs a week with 2 xl1's and will post if anything happens.
Here is a diagram from the Canon XL1 Service Manual:
Here is the service manual download link:
Have you tried resetting the camera? Hold down the power button and the red button simultaneously until the camera shuts off (takes about 10 seconds). Then, just press the power button again and the camera should turn back on. I had the same problem; when I pressed the red button to stop recording, the camera froze, and the red light remained on. I tried resetting it like this, and it seemed to work.
I just fixed mine accidentally... Try this: with Camera on open tape deck, then manually press in the tape cartrige till it clicks in and you hear the tape gears turning then close the tape door last. email me if it works for any of you. firstname.lastname@example.org