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Flashing red symbol like a bowl crossed out

My Cannon XM2(PAL) is displaying this red symbol flashing. It looks like a bowl, crossed out with an arrow above it pointing at it. I can't figure out what it means. It's on the right side beside the remote control symbol. It's there in Camera and Play mode.

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  • Yessika Feb 24, 2008

    well that's the thing... there is a flash card in my camera and you can take pictures on it. The light flashes on TAPE mode also...

  • indie fool Feb 26, 2008

    flashing red icon on lcd screen on my canon gl2. Does anyone know what this indicates? I cannot find it anywhere in the manual. Frustrated and need help.  

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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.

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It is on tape and it still is flashing.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

  • indie fool Feb 27, 2008

    solved the problem. it was the internal battery. the gl2 takes a cr 2025 coin lithium battery. it fixed it.

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It means no flash card installed
no problem just switch the camera to record to tape instead

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

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