I'd like to turn off the LCD on my camcorder during recording, to save battery.

However, I cannot close the LCD screen because I have plugged in an external microphone and the external microphone plug is under the LCD (see picture).

I'm using a Canon Vixia HF R42.

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It's not possible to turn off the LCD panel when it is open, but you may do two things with it to save your battery:

  • reduce the LCD brightness to the its lowest limit, and
  • set the LCD Backlight to [L Dim]

Both commands are available from the Home Menu -> Other Settings -> Display Setup.

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