20 Most Recent Canon Optura 50 Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers

These camcorders are not repaired because of the low cost of replacing them.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Jun 27, 2017

I think the battery failed, I would replace the battery. You can buy the battery by number (battery info is printed on the battery) on eBay.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Apr 09, 2017

This incident happens often and damages the camcorder's power board. Replacing power board and some adjustment should resolved the problem. Your cost may run from $175-$225 in US for this model. Whenever you are transfering and connecting to pc, it is recommended to connect AC adapter power for this. Do not rely on a charged battery. Good luck.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Jan 12, 2017

I can't see the other solutions you mention.

This camera requires a Firewire (DV or IEEE1394) connection to download videos from tape. That is all there is to it. Some mini-DV cameras will download by USB cable, but this one is not one of them. The USB connection is only usable to download stills from a memory card in the camera in this model.

The same is true of cameras made by other companies such as Sony and Samsung. Some models will download over USB cables but other will only work over Firewire.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Feb 06, 2013

Two possible causes for said problem..
1- battery itself could be bad/ dead.
2- battery compartment terminals got broken internally and causing no voltage supply towards camcorder circuit board.
Check camcorder with another battery and if it still does not power up then it will take apart to check battery compartment terminals and nearby chip fuse, this should be done by camera technician to avoid further damage to camcorder.
Hope this will help.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Aug 31, 2011

You will require a firewire cable to connect to the Mac. Usually a 4 to 6 pin cable, the newer Macs use a 9 pin version.
iMovie will do the job as will Final Cut.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Mar 24, 2011


Looks like the Canon Camcorder has failure in the drive system for the tape. This is mechanical issue, so you would need to take it in to get fixed.

A few times I've been able to resolve this by blowing compressed air in the frame and cleaning the head
( try this if you can do it )

Else, you will have to get this repaired by a professional technician.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Nov 05, 2010

Sounds like you have a "dead" camcorder. This can be caused by a circuit protect (tiny fuse) being blown or a bad board. This will need to be repaired by an experienced technician. <a href="http://www.austintelstarservices.com">www.austintelstarservices.com</a>

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Aug 30, 2010

It sounds like something has jammed the tape door mechanism preventing it from opening. This is a very delicate part of a mini DV camcorder. I would highly recommend taking it to a electronics repair shop where it can be checked out. If you try and force the tape out you will probably cause considerable damage to the tape transport system making your camcorder unusable.

Take Care,

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Aug 09, 2010

Rear top right hand side (above the record button there's a little door that has "DC IN" embedded in it.)

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Jul 01, 2010

This looks like AC power getting into the camera, keep the cut-down power pack well away from the camera.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Jun 17, 2010

The problem you have is related to frame rate. I believe your sony camcorder has a lower framerate compared to the Canon Optura and that is the source of the problem. There are software that are capable of increasing the framerate and may be its time for you to get one of them. I remember using Adobe Premiere when I had my MAC at the studio so it might be the answer to your problem.
PS: It is available for both MAC an windows so make sure that you buy the MAC version.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Jun 17, 2010

Sorry but the only way to transfer the tape is to be able to play it in a compatible camcorder or player. Then use one of the analog to digital converters "available on the internet" to transfer it to a PC.
Best bet is to ask some friends if they have an old camcorder that will be able to play that video cassette for you.
Sidenote: If the cassette is fairly new it might already be recorded in digital format, in which case you only need a compatible camcorder or player and a USB or Firewire cable to import it into your Mac

Hope this helps, don't forget to vote if the answers you seek are helpful.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Mar 23, 2010

you need a firewire cable
it is also called IEEE 1394.
however you need a firewire port on your computer as well.
if you don't have a port like that, then you can buy a firewire pci card.
ask at your local electronics shop.

Canon Optura 50... | Answered on Jan 21, 2010

Go to the apple support site and email support with this question.

Canon Video... | Answered 2 days ago

Page 98 of the manual explains what to do

Canon Video... | Answered on Jul 19, 2019

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