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Color registration on Canon GL2: purple recorded as blue

The color purple appears blue in the viewfinder and on the tape playback. The camera was sent back to Canon for a warranty repair two years ago, but the problem came back. Camcorder is a 3-year old Canon GL2.

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I have the same problem on my Canon XH-A1 and sony TRV33. I wonder if this problem applies to all camcorders?

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My canon gl2 lcd screen and viewfinder black

Same thing happened to me. No display, no menu, no S-video output while in camera mode, but in VCR mode all was OK. Turning power off and on did not help until I also disconnected the AC power adapter. BTW, Mr. Riggins did not read the question before he answered.

Nov 25, 2012 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Color registration

does that appear in all kinds f tapes

Jan 26, 2008 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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It appears as though the camera is not "reading" the tape. Though the tape is clearly playing (in the mechanical sense) during playback, the screen remains blue. The same with recording - The...

This is usually caused by an oxidized, misaligned or defective Audio/Video drum. You can try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be serviced by a qualified service technician.

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Aug 16, 2011 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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I need to select 16:9 but it's always purple please help.


At the bottom right corner:
1 BLUE/PURPLE LED indicating the unit is powered up. If the color of LED changes to "PURPLE", it means the hard disk is either in READING or in WRITING process

Nov 26, 2010 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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My GL2 only works when I turn it on to playback mode. When I try to turn the camera on in camera mode, it doesn't work. What could the problem be?

There is a simple solution to that... You see under the 'card-tape' switch? There's the red button for recording... attached to that button the is a switch that says 'tandby or lock'.... if you have it in 'lock' it will not let you go to record mode, you have to change it back to 'standby' and that should solve your problem.... Anymore question just e-mail me at and I was wondering if you had a copy of the installation CD I can buy or have.... or maybe you could tell me where to get it? Thanks.

Sep 26, 2009 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Canon Gl2

Dirty video head! Playback newly opened blank tape for five minutes, after that eject, reinsert, playback then eject again five times, these will serve as your video head cleaner, never use "video head cleaning cassette tape" for it will only damage your camera. Most camera has built in video head cleaner installed inside and activates only when you insert, initial play/rec, and ejects a tape. If the problem is still there you need pro fix then.[:0)

Sep 18, 2007 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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No picture in LCD or viewfinder

Flexwire in electronic viewfinder (EVF) is broken, you need pro fix.

May 19, 2007 | Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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