20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers


Trust me on this one....with tape still in unit and battery removed, smack both sides of unit firmly 3-4 times with the heel of your hand. It works 9 out of 10 times on all Sony cameras. I was quoted $170 to just look at the camera and then a probable $290 to replace the cassette loader mechanism. I told them it wasn't worth it. I checked other Sony blogs addressing the same issue and with out fail smacking the ...cking thing is the only way around it. Apparently it frees up a stuck part. Give it hell.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Dec 16, 2017


Tape is by itself also abrasive so you might just try running a long length tape from the beginning to the end to see if that does the trick. If that does not do it then you either have a badly clogged video head or a bad unit. You might also want to consider using Carbon tet or equivalent chemical on head assembly.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Jun 14, 2017


Google tha make and model, followed by the word manual

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Apr 27, 2017


Do you really mean Hi8 tapes? This camcorder (Sony DCR-HC42) accepts only miniDV tapes.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Nov 02, 2014


Could be the recording head is dirty. Run a cleaning tape through it and see if that makes a difference. Do NOT stick anything in the works to try and clean the heads by hand.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Aug 29, 2014


i am very sure the flexible cable connecting the view finder is faulty

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Mar 19, 2014

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