My Canon XL1S works well in VCR mode - playback is fine. But in CAM (or REC) mode no picture appears, the LCD of the VF starts to illuminate slightly (as in the VCR mode for 1sec before the blue screen appears) and in 10sec the camera turns off. To turn it on again the Standby button should be pressed or the mode selector should be turend OFF-ON. It does not start recording at all, it does not do anything, the LCD does not even show the CAM MENU. And as I said, after 10sec it turns off completely.
The problem started after a long time staying in a closet. Could it be that the CCD has gone bad, or some caps on its board? Or some ribbon cables don't get connectivity, or something else? Maybe as the main controller does not get a signal from the CCD unit, it doesn't start do anything and turns the cam of after a certain delay?
Could I buy the service and reopair manual for XL1S somewhere?
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there is several reasons for not work the record function, first of all make sure that the cassette is good and the safety tab is in record position, then check the playback of the cam with a recorded cassette, if this tests passed, check the rec button for loose or it is sticky, if so please use contact cleaner in the switch.
still the problem persists there should be problem in the circuit board. open total camera put it in record mode then test the wave shapes in the record paths up to the video head
there is a risk of hardware damage.make sure you dont force the tape into the cassette compartment to avoid damage to the unit or tape.here's what you can do.
1.remove the tape from the compartment.
2.ensure proper type and size of tape is used.
3.ensure no packaging material or foreign material inside the compartment.
4.if attempting to record, make sure cassette tape rec/save switch is set to rec position.
5.reinsert the tape, make sure it's properly inserted.
6.if still won't close or tape ejected again,remove tape.
7.reinsert a diff tape.
8.attempt to close compartment.
9.if issue unresolved, press the tiny reset button while cam is powered on (located in the panel where the lcd screen goes to,just below all the other buttons). you may also do a power reset procedure: remove batt, remove ac adaptor,set power switch to vcr, leave the cam without power for at least a minute, switch power back to off, reinsert ac adaptor/batt and turn cam on, attempt to close tape compartment.
if issue persists, service would be needed. hope this helps.thanks:)
Slide the [REC]/[PLAYBACK] switch to the REC position (camera icon). Set the mode dial to AUTO (green camera). Press MENU/SET to display the menu. Select LANGUAGE (head with speech bubble). Pick your language from there.