How to use Tv (shutter priority) mode on the GL2.

Article ID: ART156468 | Date published: 06/09/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


How to use Tv (shutter priority) mode on the GL2.


Use this program to select the shutter speed. Aperture and gain are adjusted automatically.

Select Tv mode and set the shutter speed by pulling the EXP dial up or down.

  • Pull toward + for a slower shutter (the image becomes brighter) and to - for a faster shutter (the image becomes darker).

Shutter Speeds

  • You can choose from 12 shutter speeds between 1/8 and 1/15000. The available shutter speeds in CARD CAMERA mode are from 1/60 to 1/500. If you switch from TAPE CAMERA mode to CARD CAMERA mode, the shutter speeds will change automatically:
    • Shutter speeds of 1/1000 and above in TAPE CAMERA mode -> 1/500.
    • Shutter speeds of 1/30 and below in TAPE CAMERA mode -> 1/60
  • When shooting outside on clear, bright days, the camcorder will often set a large F number to adjust the amount of light entering the camcorder, throwing the focus off. Setting a fast shutter speed or decreasing the amount of light with the ND filter can help correct this.
  • If you try to set a shutter speed that is either too high or too low for the shooting conditions, the indicator flashes in the display. In this case, increase or decrease the setting until the flashing stops.
  • The image may not appear smooth when a high shutter speed is set.


  • When recording in extreme low-light conditions, we recommend the use of a Canon Speedlite or Video Light, available as optional accessory.
  • The selected shutter speed will reset if you turn the power off, change the recording program or adjust the exposure.



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