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Panasonic PV-L557D vhs-c camcorder wont stay on

With fully charged battery and new tape unit cuts off after 15 secs , no dew indicator just cuts out, but it stays on W/o tape???

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Re: panasonic PV-L557D vhs-c camcorder wont stay on

It probably goes into a shutdown mode because of those dreaded pan capacitors!!. These are small surface mounted capacitors that dont just go bad in almost all camcorders but they will leak and be very very corrosive to the Printed curcuit board and eat up the pc traces!! The onlt way to see if this is the problem is to have the unit looked at by a quilifyed camcorder specialist and see if that is the problem? Good luck

Posted on May 11, 2006

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