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Problem with picture on playback mode

My husband just brought home a Canon ZR 500 Camcorder. This is my first foray into camcorders so I am sitting here trying to practice with it before I actually need it. I have practised recording which seems to be going okay but when I try to replay what I have taped there are large grey vertical lines in a pattern across the LCD screen and the view finder. The volume plays back fine though. The tape is a new Sony dv-premium tape. I cannot seem to figure this out !

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  • bodor1 Oct 20, 2008

    Actually this is a new device but it was purchased at a surplus auction.

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This camera is a pure consumer camera though it can capture prosumer-like videos *some times*. Over all the performance is very satisfactory and it produces wonderful videos in good light conditions. Though the manual focus wheel is tiny and bit awkward to control, it does its job pretty well. The 3 preset zoom speeds are really nice which can produce professional looking zoom in/out. I find the analog to digital option very handy as many of the consumer cameras now-a-days do not have this feature. 1/2.7%u201D CMOS with RGB filter and Canon DIGIC DV II internal algorithm are capable of reproducing vivid picture and real good colour. It is also nice to see that the camera comes with functions like infinity focus, peeking & zebra pattern to assist focus and exposure. The camera uses a more matured HDV technology compared to a relatively new AVCHD technology which is having hitches still %u2013 mainly in compatibility between manufactures.

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Hi,

Initially would suggest you try head cleaning. There are mini cassette tape cleaners that would fit your particular model. Alternately, pls check if you have a "Tracking" control.

Hope that this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Try cleaning the casette / tape heads, theres a special dv tape for that, I suppose this is a used device?

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That is a synch problem between the camcorder and the lcd screen does the camcorder have a selection for adjusting the frequency..i will look into my files for that information

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