I first noticed oddities when charging. The display normally shows the charge status but it would turn off and back on, repeatedly. It would also jump over into what looked like VTR mode. I checked all power related connections but found no problems. Then, we play a tape back on the unit and turned it off. With the main switch in the "off" position and nobody touching the camera, it would cycle on and off ... powering up by itselff! What's up?
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Seems to be the case where the battery is not fully recharged , Please follow the below steps :-
Please make sure that you charge your battery fully , till the time you see an indicator for the battery being fully charged , or may be you see an icon in the display screen with the charge status.
As far the 6.30 hr duration that you have mentioned, this duration reflects the time that you have left for total recording space on your disk or memory card depending on your current source for recording.
The above duration is not to be confused with the battery usage time.
The battery will not charge when the device is turned on. Make sure that when you connect it to your computer via its usb that you do not turn it on otherwise it wont charge.
The annoying thing about this device is that when you connect it to your computer and turn it on, on the LCD it will say "connecting via usb" and the memory bar will show that it is fully charged, however the battery is not. This must just be a design flaw as the battery won't be charged.
Just remember to plug it in and leave it, do not turn it on!
This is a manufacturing default that Canon will fix for free regardless of the status/age of your warranty. Get their 1-800 number and call them. They'll tell you where the nearest Canon service centre is. You just take your camera there and they will fix free of charge.
I had the same problem. Here are the steps I took to fix it.
1. Adjust the power options on your laptop to ensure it does not sleep/hiberate ever.
2. Reset the camcorder by inserting a paperclip into the hole in the
tripod mount. Hold the paperclip in there for about seven seconds.
3. Then immediately plug the flip into the cpu.
4. You may not see anything besides the little blinking white light on
the USB arm for a while (about 30 minutes maybe) but leave it in.
5. Eventually it should spring to life and show the recharging battery
on the little screen (the Flip Share program may start too.)
6. Leave it charging until the little white light stops flashing - full charge about 3 hours.
7. You can then remove the flip and change the power settings back to normal.
This sounds similar to a problem I had. I brought the camera in under warranty and the repair shop fixed it. They shop text is cryptic.
Problem: Camera light keeps flashing, not charge
Solution: Troubleshoot to intermittent switch block control, replace with new one, test OK.
I had a similar thing happen to me...the video would not come one when I turned it on, but the audio would work, and it would play back tape fine.
I happened upon the following solution (though I don't know how long it will last). I charged the camera, and then noticed it worked fine when the charger was plugged in. As soon as I unplugged it, the video would go black. So...I plugged it in, turned it to record, and unplugged it, and it worked! Almost like something got reset. I have no idea how long this will last, or if it means the battery is going...but, give it a try!