When I turn my camera on the power light flashes and i have a red symbol appear on the lcd screen. I have also noticed the screen has F14 on the right hand side im not sure if this has anything to do with it but i have never noticed it before. after a few seconds the camera turns itself off.
The red symbol is the erasure prevention slider on the tape. check it's not on or push the slider on and off prevention. this should fix the red symbol, you might have to do it a couple of times before it works. not sure what F14 is can't find it in the manual. try the solution here. if it still turns off after a few seconds i have another way to fix the power.
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This symbol means that the backup battery needs to be changed. The backup battery is a button-type battery, CR1616. It is located under the main battery behind a small square panel. Instructions for changing it are in the manual -- look under "backup battery" in the index.
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.
it means you have no back up battery installed to save time/date info. I know on the GL2 if you open the LCD screen there is another small plastic tab you can open and insert a relatively small battery. Do it and the icon will disappear. Otherwise its no big deal. If you dont need time/date stamps on your tapes then there is no need to install the battery unless you are just annoyed.