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Picture flickers on and off when in camera mode only.

I've recently run into a very odd problem. When my camera is in Camera mode, the view on the LCD and through the Viewfinder is almost black. You can tell the camera sees something because there will be rough stretched shapes occassionally. But mostly it looks like a black screen with flickers of white lines. If I record like this the image comes out exactly as seen through the lcd or viewfinder. The audio is perfectly fine. If I play with the zoom function, it will occassionaly flicker and then a normal picture will come through. It may stay like that for an hour, or for a few seconds. It seems very random. I thought it might be faulty power, but it seems not. A different battery, plugged into the wall with no battery, same problem. Different tapes, same thing. No tape in, same thing. In player mode it works just fine. I have no idea what is going on here. I thought maybe the heads needed cleaning, but since it's distorted without a tape even in there, and the view is messed up, not just the resulting recording, that can't be it. Any ideas?

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  • Irukandji Dec 07, 2007

    My brother is having the same problem with his XL1s...

    Works just fine in VCR mode...



    Can anyone help before he sends this BEAST out for repairs?

    Need a solution, please!

  • mafaman Nov 25, 2008

    My Canon ZR40 Camcorder has the image flickering while on camera mode. The recorded image flickers just like the LCD screen. Playbacks of old tapes are fine. I have not been able to resolve this recording problem.

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I have the same problem then with my camcorder. Looks like your right about a potential recall. Thanks for the info !!

Posted on Jun 22, 2007

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I don't know if this camcorder uses the same CCD as the Canon ZR60, but they have posted a recall of a number of camcorders due to a flaw in the CCD from an unnamed manufacturer. Samsung has not posted a recall, but I don't know if it uses the same CCD as Canon. I am going to try to contact Samsung and see if its the same CCD and then try to get a free repair or replacement as Canon is doing. How many more are experiencing this problem. Please respond.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007

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Posted on May 30, 2007

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I have just had the same problem on my Sony DCR. But thanks to this site I have found the cause of the problem, just in time. I was just about to pay a company £120+ to repair it, when I came across this site, I then knew the problem so typed in Sony CCD repair. I came across the Sony.co.uk site which had a notice to all Sony camcorder owners that between Oct 2002 & March 2005 there was a problem with the image sensor CCD. They are going to repair my Handycam free of charge including postage. Although this notice was posted in 2005 I do not know how many people have taken advantage of this offer as I don't think it was very well publicised. I hope this offer will be honoured world wide.

Posted on Mar 02, 2007

Http://www.sony.co.uk/view/ShowArticle.action?section=en_GB_Support&articlesection=3&article=1128075116465&site=odw_en_GB you need to go here mate, my camera is exactly the same

Posted on Feb 20, 2007

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The CCD is more than likely the cause of this problem. There continues to be a widespread problem with the CCD imager produced and distributed by Sony Corporation. Most manufacturers are correcting this problem at no charge to their customers.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007

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I'm having the same problem. It's a faulty ccd chip (that Samsung is denying). Read horror stories here: http://www.camcorderinfo.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=124288&page=1&pp=15

Posted on Feb 09, 2007

My camera is currently in for similar problem. images were very dark, almost black & white. Just called and found out they are replacing the CCD.

Posted on Feb 08, 2007

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I have the same issue with my trv33 and i found that if i leave the camera in camcorder mode and black out the image (have the lens cap on) and leave it like this for 10min or so when i remove the cap it works fine (for a little wile atleast) p.s. you dont have to be recording while the cap is on. I only know of one other fix for this and thats a new camcorder (I went fx-1) :)

Posted on Feb 05, 2007

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Thanks scrajmer for your insight. With stunning simplicity you cleared up my mind about what was happening to my sony dcr-hc30. When you come to Brasil, be pleased to stay by me. Now, where can I find that CCD in order to replace mine? I've been to many shops and it's impossible to find it down here. Can you ship me one? Thanks.

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It has come to Sony that a limited number of products, manufactured prior to March 2004, that incorporate a certain type of image sensor device (CCD) may exhibit the following: When the product is used in camera mode, the LCD panel and/or electronic viewfinder exhibits either a distorted image or no image at all. Sony has determined that this only occurs in a limited number of devices, but may be accelerated if they are exposed to hot and humid environments. So, if you live in a hot/humid environment or used your camera mostly in this environment, you may have a claim! From October 3, 2005 through October 2, 2007, Sony will repair, free of charge, affected products exhibiting the above-mentioned problem where it is caused by the image sensor device. Sony will also cover the cost of shipping and handling from and to addresses within the United States and US Territories for service to correct this issue.

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Hi all. Recently got same problem as others with remove lens cap when in camera mode or black screen. It is a known problem with the ccd. JVC have admitted this (at least over here in the England they have). They are doing free repairs until October 2007 even though I'm out of guarantee/warranty. Here's the URL for UK, hope you get lucky. http://www.jvc.co.uk/knowledge-list.php?id=4#0 Regards Tony

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Hi all. Recently got same problem as others with remove lens cap when in camera mode or black screen. It is a known problem with the ccd. JVC have admitted this (at least over here in the England they have). They are doing free repairs until October 2007 even though I'm out of guarantee/warranty. Here's the URL for UK, hope you get lucky. http://www.jvc.co.uk/knowledge-list.php?id=4#0 Regards Tony

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Hi all. Recently got same problem as others with remove lens cap when in camera mode or black screen. It is a known problem with the ccd. JVC have admitted this (at least over here in the England they have). They are doing free repairs until October 2007 even though I'm out of guarantee/warranty. Here's the URL for UK, hope you get lucky. http://www.jvc.co.uk/knowledge-list.php?id=4#0 Regards Tony

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*************there will be rough stretched shapes occassionally. But mostly it looks like a black screen with flickers of white lines. If I record like this the image comes out exactly as seen*** A defective CCD.

Posted on Sep 14, 2006

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