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No picture in rec mode, cam switches off in 10sec


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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  • Martell Dec 25, 2007

    Sorry, it's a XL1, NOT a XL1S!

  • Martell Jan 27, 2008

    The problem has been recently solved, it was an electronic issue!

  • kmsmedia Mar 12, 2008

    So what was the solution on this problem?



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You can get a canon xl1 service manual here:

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Try using the Dummie Battery and connect that end to charger.
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