Canon GL1 Instruction Manual

Canon GL1 Instruction Manual

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

  • Page 2: Important Usage Instructions

    Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws. Digital Video Camcorder, DM-GL1 and Compact Power Adapter, CA-910A This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder DM-GL1A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
  • Page 4 This indicates a need for service. 20. Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...3 Thank you for Choosing a Canon ...6 Quick Overview Introducing the GL1 ...7 Finding Your Way Around the GL1 ...8 The GL1 System Diagram ...12 Optional Accessories ...13 Attaching the Lens Hood ...15 Powering the GL1 ...16 Loading a Cassette ...19...
  • Page 6: Thank You For Choosing A Canon

    For quick reference (in addition to the contents and index) please refer to: • Finding Your Way Around the GL1 (p. 8) • Screen Displays (p. 95) • Troubleshooting — in case you run into any problems (p.
  • Page 7: Introducing The Gl1

    DV tape in the GL1. DV terminal (IEEE 1394) GL1 is equipped with a DV terminal that conforms to IEEE 1394. By connecting the GL1 to your computer, you can capture still or motion images on your computer (commercially available IEEE 1394 computer interface board required).
  • Page 8: Finding Your Way Around The Gl1

    Finding Your Way Around the GL1 button (p. 28) PLAY button (p. 28) button (p. 28) LCD screen (p. 25) LCD panel open button (p. 25) RESET button (p. 94) Image stabilizer button (p. 33) Self timer button (p. 54)
  • Page 9 Carrying handle Zoom control (p. 24) PHOTO button (p. 43) MOVIE MODE switch (p. 46) Strap attachment bar (p. 82) Viewfinder focusing lever (p. 82) Start/stop button (p. 21) Standby lever (p. 21) DV terminal (p. 75) IN/OUT REMOTE terminal (p.
  • Page 10 Zoom control (p. 24) START/STOP button (p. 21) Strap attachment bar (p. 82) Accessory shoe (p. 45) Tally lamp (p. 38) Remote sensor (p. 36) Lens hood (p. 15) ND FILTER button (p. 42) FOCUS A/M button (p. 58) EXPOSURE dial (p. 55) D.E.
  • Page 11 PHOTO button (p. 43) MENU button (p. 35) START/STOP button (p. 21) SELF TIMER button (p. 54) TV SCREEN button (p. 35, 95) DATA CODE button (p. 65, 95) AUDIO MONITOR button (p. 86) REC PAUSE button (p. 75) ZERO SET MEMORY button (p.
  • Page 12: The Gl1 System Diagram

    The GL1 System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area) BP-900 Series Battery Pack VL-10Li Battery Video Light Stereo Microphone (Available commercially) MB-100 Microphone Boom 220EX Speedlite 380EX Speedlite 550EX Speedlite WD-58 Wide-converter (Available soon) SS-650 Shoulder Strap WL-D73 Wireless...
  • Page 13: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center. Battery Packs Extra batteries for use with the GL1. When you use the optional BP-930R (without the...
  • Page 14 380EX Speedlite 550EX Speedlite Attach to the GL1 to give SLR-style flash photography. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark. Provided accessories: WL-D73 Wireless Controller...
  • Page 15: Attaching The Lens Hood

    1. Remove the lens cap. • When you purchase the GL1, the lens cap cord is attached in the middle of the velcro grip belt. Open the velcro and slide the lens cap cord to the position shown in the illustration.
  • Page 16: Powering The Gl1

    Powering the GL1 Before operating your camera, you will need to use the power adapter to: provide power from an AC outlet charge a battery pack Notes: • The power adapter converts current from a household power socket (100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz) to the DC current used by your camera.
  • Page 17 3. Take the battery pack off the adapter and attach it to the camera. • Extend the viewfinder and rotate it upwards. • Align the triangle on the battery pack with the line on the camcorder, then slide the battery in the direction of the arrow until it clicks into place.
  • Page 18 Subject to change without notice. When replacement or repair of any product including power supply is required, please return it to the nearest authorized Canon Service Center and have it repaired or replaced with the same number product or equivalent.
  • Page 19: Loading A Cassette

    Loading a Cassette EJECT Only use videocassettes marked with the D logo.* Loading and unloading 1. Make sure that you have attached a power source. 2. Slide the OPEN button across to release the cover. • Pull the cover fully open (while holding the button in the OPEN position). 3.
  • Page 20 If you want to record on the cassette again, slide the tab back so the hole is closed. Handling cassettes • To protect the tape heads, transfer cassettes directly from the tape case to the camcorder — do not open the tape protect cover or touch the tape itself.
  • Page 21: Basic Recording

    Basic Recording CAMERA POWER Before you start recording • Attach a power source (p. 16). • Load a cassette (p. 19). • Fasten the grip belt (p. 82). • Attach the lens hood (p. 15). • Choose the display: viewfinder (p. 82) or LCD screen (p. 25). •...
  • Page 22 • To check that the camera is recording correctly, make a test recording first. • Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
  • Page 23 Turning the camera recording displays ON/OFF You can show/hide non-essential camera recording displays by pressing the DISPLAY/DATA CODE button. You cannot hide the following: • Recording displays (REC, PAUSE etc.) • Remaining battery power, flash information display • Caution phrases (“CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED,”...
  • Page 24: Zooming

    Zooming 20 optical zoom Operate the zoom controls from either the side grip, the camera handle or the wireless controller. The camera’s 20 zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each scene: • Press the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle. •...
  • Page 25: Using The Lcd Screen

    Using the LCD Screen Open the LCD screen Push the LCD panel open button and open the panel by pulling it away from the camera. This automatically switches the LCD screen on and the viewfinder off. When you close the LCD panel, the LCD screen automatically switches off and the viewfinder switches back on.
  • Page 26 • The brightness of the LCD does not effect that of the recorded images or the viewfinder. About the LCD Screen The LCD screen built into this camcorder is a high precision product. However, small black dots or bright points of light (red, blue or green) may appear constantly on the LCD screen.
  • Page 27 • All indicators appear normally in the viewfinder. Built-in speaker and headphone terminal The camcorder has a built-in speaker and a headphone terminal so you can review the sound track alongside the picture during playback. Use the speaker or headphones when viewing playback with the LCD screen, and use headphones when viewing with the viewfinder.
  • Page 28: Playing Back A Cassette

    • To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and press the REW ` button. • If the playback picture is rough (mosaic-like noise), clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
  • Page 29 Special playback These can only be operated from the wireless controller (p. 36). Frame Advance To play back frame by frame, press the +/ae button repeatedly during playback pause. Press and hold to play back continuous frame advance. Frame Reverse To play back in reverse frame by frame, press the –/4a button repeatedly during playback pause.
  • Page 30: Connections For Playback On A Tv Screen

    Connections for Playback on a TV Screen You can connect the camera to a TV or VCR in order to play back your recordings. You will need to attach a power source to the camera (see p. 16). See your TV or VCR instruction manual for further details. If your TV (or VCR) has an S-video input terminal •...
  • Page 31: Tips For Making Better Videos

    Tips for Making Better Videos Holding the camera For maximum stability, grip the camera in your right hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body. If necessary support the camera with your left hand. With practice, you will be able to operate the controls by touch, without taking your eye off the action.
  • Page 32 Composition The most important element in the scene does not have to be in the center. For a more interesting picture, try to position your subject so it is slightly to one side. Leave some space on the side of the frame that the subject is facing or moving towards.
  • Page 33: Turning The Optical Image Stabilizer Off

    With most camcorders, even the slightest hand movements will be noticeable during telephoto recording. However, the GL1’s Optical Image Stabilizer allows you to obtain steady recordings even at high magnification. Unlike electronic image stabilizers, it causes no loss of picture quality. The Optical Image Stabilizer can compensate for a wide range of camera movement —...
  • Page 34: Selecting From The Menus

    Selecting from the Menus Many of the camera’s advanced functions are selected from menus which appear in the display. You must first pause recording before the functions in the menus can be changed. There are two main menus: 1. Camera menu (when the camera is in record pause mode: the POWER switch set to CAMERA and the standby lever set to STANDBY) 2.
  • Page 35 • You can display the menus on a connected TV screen using the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button. See p. 30 for TV hookup instructions. • The camcorder will remember your chosen menu settings even if you slide the POWER switch to OFF. MENU...
  • Page 36: Using The Wireless Controller/Tally Lamp

    Using the Wireless Controller/Tally Lamp The supplied wireless controller can operate the camera from a distance of up to 16 feet (5 m). Point it at the camera’s remote sensor while you press the buttons. The tally lamp lights up to let you know that the camera is in range and responding to your commands.
  • Page 37 Setting the remote sensor mode To prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby, there are two remote sensor modes and an off setting. The wireless controller and the camera have to be set to the same mode in order to be compatible.
  • Page 38 Turning off the tally lamp The tally lamp lets you know that the camera is recording. However, its flashing may be reflected into the lens during close-up recording, or when recording through glass. You may therefore decide to turn it off. TALLY LAMP••ON (see p.
  • Page 39: Setting The Date And Time

    3. Press the menu dial in. • The time zone display appears on the screen. • Your camcorder’s time zone is factory-preset to New York. If you are at another time zone, select your time zone first and daylight saving time (DST) setting if necessary.
  • Page 40: Setting The Clock

    14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Time zone LONDON PARIS CAIRO MOSCOW DUBAI KARACHI DACCA BANGKOK H. KONG (Hong Kong) TOKYO SYDNEY SOLOMON Note: • After you have selected your time zone and set the date and time, when you travel to another time zone, there is no need to reset the date and time.
  • Page 41 Setting the display style Select whether you want the date, the time, or both to show up on your data code display (p. 66). D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME (see p. 34) 1. Turn the POWER switch to VCR. 2. Open the menu and select D/TIME SEL. 3.
  • Page 42: Using The Nd Filter

    • You cannot turn the ND filter on/off during exposure lock or while the PHOTO button is pressed halfway down. • The camcorder remembers your selection if you turn the standby lever to LOCK. However, it resets to the off setting if you slide the POWER switch to OFF.
  • Page 43: Taking Still Pictures (Photo Mode)

    There are two PHOTO buttons, to let you take still images from both gripping positions, or, you can take still pictures from the wireless controller. You can take a still picture at any time during regular video recording, or you can put the camcorder into record pause mode first, then take a still picture.
  • Page 44 • The wireless controller’s PHOTO button has no half-way setting, press the button fully and the camera immediately takes the “photo”. • For even greater versatility attach a Canon Speedlite for flash photography (available as optional accessories, see page 45), when taking still pictures directly from record pause mode.
  • Page 45: Using A Canon Speedlite For Flash Photography (Optional)

    • Turn the Speedlite unit off when you do not require a flash. • You are unable to use the bounce flash on the 380EX and 550EX Speedlites with the GL1. • You cannot use the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 for the 550EX.
  • Page 46: Choosing The Movie Mode (Normal/Frame)

    Choosing the Movie Mode (Normal/Frame) The Frame mode can be used when you want to look at a video, scene by scene, free from field slippage (the “flicker” that normally occurs when you pause a video). The vertical resolution of the image is improved by 1.5 .
  • Page 47: Searching And Reviewing While Recording

    Searching and Reviewing While Recording Record search When the camera is in record pause mode, you can use record search to play the tape forwards or backwards to find the point where you want to start or restart recording. This is useful when you want to add a new scene to a previously used cassette.
  • Page 48: Using The Various Recording Programs

    Using the Various Recording Programs The camera provides you with a choice of seven recording programs. They use different combinations of camera settings in order to adjust the exposure and other functions to match the recording situation. The name of your selected recording program appears constantly on the left of the display, with the exception of the AUTO Recording program whose n mark is displayed and then disappears after 4 seconds.
  • Page 49 ND FILTER ON/OFF as appropriate before changing the setting. Notes: • When recording in extreme low-light conditions, we recommend the use of a Canon Speedlite (p. 45) or Video Light (available as optional accessories, see page 14). • The Tv values are reset if you turn the power off or change the recording program. If you use the STANDBY lever, however, the camera remembers your chosen values.
  • Page 50 STANDBY lever, however, the camera remembers your chosen values. Manual (See also p. 55) Select this program for total creative freedom when operating the camcorder. You can set aperture and shutter speeds completely independently to give you exactly the exposure you require.
  • Page 51: Using Digital Effects

    Using Digital Effects Add the camera’s digital effects during recording for more interesting productions. Except for the fade trigger, all digital effects can be used for both still photos and video, and sound is recorded normally. Fade Trigger When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen.
  • Page 52 • You can turn the fade trigger off before you use it by pressing the D.E. ON/OFF button again. • You are unable to use digital effects in the Easy Recording program. • The camcorder will remember your D.E. ON/OFF button setting even if you change the program selector (to any program other than Easy Recording).
  • Page 53: Audio Recording

    Audio Recording Selecting the audio mode The GL1 can record sound in two audio modes: • 16-bit (48 kHz, 2 channel) for the highest sound quality • 12-bit (32 kHz, 2 from 4 channels) for recording on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels (stereo 2) free for you to add new sound at a later date.
  • Page 54: Setting The Self-Timer

    The F mark flashes white then turns green after the focus and exposure are set. If you are using the wireless controller, the F mark starts flashing immediately after you press the photo button. The camcorder takes the picture for approximately six seconds. STANDBY LOCK...
  • Page 55: Manual Exposure Adjustment

    • The shutter speed, F number and gain values are all reset if you slide the POWER switch to OFF. If you use the standby lever, however, the camcorder remembers your chosen values. • A bar showing the standard exposure appears in the display.
  • Page 56 About the shutter speed Turn the EXPOSURE dial toward + for a slower shutter speed or – for a faster shutter speed. Available shutter speeds: 1/60 sec 1/75 sec 1/500 sec 1/420 sec 1/600 sec 1/720 sec 1/4000 sec 1/3000 sec 1/8000 sec 1/15000 sec About the iris...
  • Page 57: Exposure Adjustment

    1/60 of a second. • The brightness of the subject may change if you zoom during exposure lock. If you slide the POWER switch to OFF or the standby lever to LOCK, the camcorder resets to auto exposure.
  • Page 58: Adjusting The Focus

    The focus may be thrown off if you zoom into telephoto after setting the focus at the wide angle end. Autofocus is recommended for zooming in to telephoto from the wide end. • If you slide the POWER switch to OFF or the standby lever to LOCK, the camcorder resets to auto focus.
  • Page 59: Using Ae Shift

    Using AE Shift By controlling the level of the automatic exposure (AE) function, you can lighten or darken the image slightly. This allows you to compensate for backlit, overexposed scenes. 1. Turn the program selector to the Auto, Tv or Av recording program. 2.
  • Page 60: Adjusting Camera Sharpness

    Adjusting Camera Sharpness Change the sharpness level before shooting for more creative videos. C.SHARPNESS• – (see p. 34) 1. Select C.SHARPNESS from the camera menu. 2. Set your desired sharpness level. • Adjust toward + for a sharper picture, and toward – to soften the contour. •...
  • Page 61: Adjusting Color Phase

    Adjusting Color Phase Change the color phase level before shooting for more creative videos. C.PHASE•••••R (see p. 34) 1. Select C. (color) PHASE from the camera menu. 2. Set your desired color level. • Adjust toward R for a redder picture, and toward G for a greener picture. •...
  • Page 62: Using The Zebra Pattern

    Using the Zebra Pattern MENU The zebra pattern is a series of diagonal stripes that appear in the display to highlight areas of overexposure. Use as a guide to setting the aperture (iris) and shutter speed. ZEBRA•••••••OFF (see p. 34) 1.
  • Page 63: Adjusting The White Balance

    Adjusting the White Balance The camera’s auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting conditions. Although slight variations are unavoidable, colors will appear natural in virtually every situation. In some cases, you will get better results by setting the white balance yourself, or using one of the two preset modes: T Indoor Mode...
  • Page 64 WHITE BALANCE W set button, the camera will remember your last setting. • If you shoot with studio/video lighting, use the T (indoor) mode. • During normal outdoor shooting, setting the camcorder to auto white balance may provide better results.
  • Page 65: Displaying Data Code

    Displaying Data Code A data code, containing the date and time the recording was made and other camera data (shutter speed, exposure and gain settings) is automatically recorded on a special data section of the tape. DISPLAY /DATA CODE DATA CODE During VCR mode, the data code can be displayed or hidden while the camera is in play, slow, or still mode.
  • Page 66 – If noise or tape damage prevents the data code from being read. • Data code is sometimes not displayed during high speed playback modes. • If a recording made on GL1 is played back on a different DV camcorder, the data code may not be displayed correctly.
  • Page 67: Searching The Tape (Photo Search/Date Search)

    • PHOTO SEARCH/DATE SEARCH appears in the middle of the display alongside the - or + mark and number to search through. The date also appears during date search. • When the camcorder locates the indicated date or still picture, it enters playback or still playback mode.
  • Page 68: Returning To A Pre-Marked Position

    Returning to a Pre-Marked Position CAMERA POWER Use the wireless controller to go back to a pre-determined point on a tape following playback. 1. Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button on the wireless controller at a point you want to return to later. •...
  • Page 69: The Dubbing Function

    The Dubbing Function The GL1 dubs your pre-recorded scenes onto a tape in your VCR or another camcorder. You can add audio to a tape (audio dubbing, p. 80) or both audio and visual (A/V insert, p. 78). You can also adjust the starting and ending points of the scene (the “cut-in”...
  • Page 70: Using The Dubbing Function For The First Time

    Use the chart on the next page to find the RECORDER settings for your brand of VCR. Make sure the camcorder’s infra-red control signals can reach the VCR, and the VCR is in record pause mode. (Ready to record and on pause.) 1.
  • Page 71 First, choose the right RECORDER setting for your VCR. The number indicates the VCR brand. The letter indicates the set of signals. Brand Settings Canon 1-A to 1-C Aiwa 2-A to 2-C...
  • Page 72 Dubbing to a VCR 1. Make sure you are in DUB MODE (see p. 69). • WIND THE TAPES AND PAUSE \ SET appears in the display. 2. Set the tape in the VCR to the point where you want to start recording, set it to record pause mode.
  • Page 73: Cut-In And Cut-Out Adjustments

    • If your VCR has a frame advance function or a jog dial, you can use it to find the precise starting times more conveniently. 2. Set the CUT-OUT ADJ. and CUT-IN ADJ. settings to the center of the three readings. Note: • The camcorder will remember the cut-in and cut-out adjustment settings until you change them.
  • Page 74: Simple Editing To A Vcr

    Simple Editing to a VCR If you cannot find the appropriate remote control setting for the camcorder to control your VCR, you still can edit a tape to the VCR as follows. Preparations 1. Connect the camera to the VCR.
  • Page 75: Dubbing With Digital Video Equipment

    Use a Canon CV-150F DV cable (optional) to connect two digital devices together. When you are recording from the GL1, make sure you connect the cable to the GL1 before connecting the other end of the cable to the recording device. When you are recording to the GL1, slide the POWER switch to VCR and press its 2 (record) and a (pause) buttons down simultaneously, or press the REC PAUSE button on the wireless controller (“DV IN”...
  • Page 76: Recording From A Vcr, Tv Or Other Camcorder (Analog Line-In)

    You can record a TV program or a video played on your VCR or analog camcorder (digital camcorders, see p. 75) onto a tape in the GL1, if the TV or other device has audio/video outputs. • If an anomalous signal is sent from the TV or VCR, the images recorded on the tape may also be anomalous (although it may not appear so on the TV image), or not recorded at all.
  • Page 77 1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the section you want to copy. 2. Start to play it back while you monitor the picture on the TV. 3. Press the 2 and a buttons on the body of the GL1 simultaneously or REC PAUSE on the wireless controller.
  • Page 78: Recording Over Existing Scenes (A/V Insert Editing)

    Recording Over Existing Scenes (A/V Insert Editing) You can insert new scenes from your VCR or other camcorder onto your pre-recorded tape using the GL1’s analog line-in or DV in terminals. Original video and audio will be replaced with the new video and audio.
  • Page 79 The tape in the camera The video and audio of the new scene replace that of the old. 1. Connect the camera to the VCR (p. 30), load recorded tapes into both the camcorder and VCR. • Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the tape has been slid to REC (closed position).
  • Page 80: Audio Dubbing

    16-bit sound intermingled. If your tape hasn’t been recorded with 12-bit sound, we recommend dubbing your original tape onto a blank tape using the GL1’s analog line-in function, then dubbing audio onto the new tape. Make absolutely sure to set the audio mode of the new tape to 12-bit and the recording mode to...
  • Page 81 • You might want to adjust the audio mix (p. 86) when playing back a tape with added sound. • There may be a loss of sound quality if you add sound to a tape recorded on a camcorder other than the GL1.
  • Page 82: Preparing The Camera

    Preparing the Camera Adjust the viewfinder • In record pause mode, adjust the viewfinder focusing lever to suit your eyesight. • The viewfinder extends straight out and rotates upwards for comfortable viewing. Store the camera with the viewfinder flush with the body of the camera.
  • Page 83: Notes On Using The Batteries

    • The indicator is not constant — different levels will be shown when you subject the battery pack and camcorder to different conditions. Remaining time indicator Tells you how many minutes of power remain in the battery pack.
  • Page 84 (about 24 hours). You do not need to turn the camera on for charging to take place. • If you use the camcorder regularly, the backup battery will remain charged. If it is stored, however, it slowly discharges and eventually (in excess of 6 months from being fully charged) there will be insufficient power to maintain the date and time.
  • Page 85 DANGER! Treat the battery pack with care. • Keep it away from fire (or it might explode). • Do not expose the battery pack to temperatures greater than 140°F (60°C). Do not leave it near a heater, or inside a car in hot weather, for example. •...
  • Page 86: Setting The Audio Mix

    Setting the Audio Mix CAMERA POWER When you play back a tape that was recorded in 12-bit mode, you can set the audio output to play: stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound, dubbed to the tape after recording), or mix the balance between the two.
  • Page 87 Selecting audio output channels When you play back a tape whose audio has been recorded on multiple channels, you can change the output channels of that sound. OUTPUT CH•••L/R (see p. 34) 1. Set the camera to VCR, load a tape recorded with multiple-channel audio. 2.
  • Page 88: Camera Holding Styles

    Camera Holding Styles Choose the grip • You can grip the camera from the side grip or the top handle. • Either gripping position allows you to start/stop recording, take a “photo’’ and zoom in and out. • Lock the top controls to prevent accidental operation by sliding across the LOCK lever.
  • Page 89: Maintenance

    Maintenance Cautions Avoid high temperatures and high humidity. • Do not leave the camera inside a car in hot weather, for example. • Be careful of heat radiating from video lighting equipment. • Do not take the camera into a humid room. Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
  • Page 90 • You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camera and charge battery packs in any country where the electricity supply is between 100 and 240 V AC, 50–60 Hz. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug adapters for overseas use.
  • Page 91 Condensation Condensation may form on the camera when it is moved from a cold place to a warm place. Using the camera while condensation is present can damage both the tape and the camera. Condensation may become a problem: When you take the camera from a cold place to a warm room When the camera is left in a humid room Protecting the camera from condensation...
  • Page 92: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Refer to this checklist first if you have any problems with your camcorder. Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page numbers in brackets for more information. Make sure that the camera is properly connected if you are using it with a TV or VCR. Consult your dealer or service outlet if problems persist.
  • Page 93 Note: • Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often get better results using manual focus (see p. 58). Focus on something which is about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camera at your original, hard-to-focus subject. Horizontal stripes Without much contrast (e.g.
  • Page 94 The bubbles will disappear a week or so after you return the camera to normal atmospheric pressure. • The camcorder is preparing the lens for image stabilization. This is not a malfunction. • External interference may cause the camera’s microprocessor to malfunction temporarily.
  • Page 95 Screen Displays To display the date and time on a connected TV, press the wireless controller’s DATA CODE button when the camera is in VCR mode with a tape loaded. See p. 65 also. Press the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button to see or hide the other displays on the TV screen.
  • Page 96: Audio Dubbing

    Frame reverse playback (p. 29) Playback pause (forward and reverse) (p. 28) Slow playback (forward and reverse) (p. 29) 2 playback (forward and reverse) (p. 29) 1 playback (forward and reverse) (p. 29) Photo Search (p. 67) Date Search (p. 67) Photo search is complete.
  • Page 97 Manual exposure display (p. 57): Exposure locked E .LOCK Brighter than standard exposure level E . L OCK + 5 Darker than standard exposure level E . L OCK – 5 Manual setting of shutter – MANUA L speed, F number and gain 1 / 6 0 F .
  • Page 98 Time Code This records counter information, including hour, minute, second, and frame number on a special data code area on the tape itself. It is reset automatically when a new tape is loaded. In camera mode, the frame number doesn’t appear in the display.
  • Page 99: Specifications

    Operating temperature: 32°–104°F (0°–40°C) Battery capacity: 1,500 mAh Dimensions: 1 (38.2 20.5 70.5 mm) Weight: 3 oz (96 g) Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. Canon is a trademark of Canon Inc.
  • Page 100: Index

    Exposure, 55, 57 External Microphone, 80 Ï F Number, 56 Fade Trigger, 51 Fast Forward, 28 Feedback, 30 Finding Your Way Around the GL1, 8-11 Flash Photography, 45 Focusing, 58 Frame Mode, 46 Ì Gain, 56 Grip Belt, 82 Ó...
  • Page 101 ∏ Photo Mode, 43 Photo Search, 67 Playback, 28 Playback Connection, 30 Playback Pause, 28 Power Adapter, 6, 16 Powering Your Camcoder, 16 Pre-marked Position, 68 Preparing the Camera, 82 Problems, 92 Â Recharging the Battery Pack, 83 Record Pause Mode, 21 Record Review, 47 Record Search, 47 Recording, 21...
  • Page 102 CANON GL1 DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER LIMITED WARRANTY The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (“CUSA”) with respect to each Canon GL1 Digital Video Camcorder (“DV Camcorder”) purchased and used in the United States. Each Canon DV Camcorder, when delivered to you in new condition in its original container, is warranted against defective material or workmanship as follows: for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase (three (3) months in the case of the video head part), defective parts or DV Camcorders returned to a CUSA factory service center (“CUSA Center”)
  • Page 103 Ship your Canon digital video equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada.
  • Page 104 15955 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92718 USA CANON U.S.A., INC. HONOLULU OFFICE 1020 Auahi Street, Bldg. #8, Honolulu, HI 96814 USA If you have any questions, call the Canon U.S.A. Information Center toll-free at 1-800-828-4040 (U.S.A. only). CANADA CANON CANADA INC. NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 6390 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1P7 CANON CANADA INC.

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