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Red lines on screen when recording

Recently, when I have tried to record, red flashing lines appear on the lcd screen and through the viewfinder. They seem to centre around areas of light- if I record something very dark there are fewer lines. The sound is unaffected but the picture is completely unusable. Please help. I have tried nothing yet.

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Re: Red lines on screen when recording

Important Notice
Digital 3CCD Camcorder

Panasonic has discovered a premature component failure with a limited number of PV-DV953 (2003 Model) and PV-GS200 (2004 Model) 3CCD camcorders, which may cause an abnormal camera picture (incorrect color reproduction, reddish, noisy image, etc). This anomaly is limited to a specific range of serial numbers listed below.

If your camcorder demonstrates the specific symptom and falls within the serial number range, Panasonic will repair the camcorder free of charge.

Please call the following toll-free number for assistance in receiving a free repair:

Panasonic Call Center: 1-800-973-4264

Model # Serial Number Ranges

PV-DV953 (2003) E3Hxxxxxx, F3Hxxxxxx, G3Hxxxxxx, H3Hxxxxxx, I3Hxxxxxx, J3Hxxxxxx, K3Hxxxxxx, L3Hxxxxxx and A4Hxxxxxx
PV-GS200 (2004) C4Hxxxxxx and D4Hxxxxxx

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Re: Red lines on screen when recording

Dear sir, Please check Live picture, If Live picture is not ok, Then the CCD is defective. If you are playing cassatte also Red lines appearing means then it has to check ( problem may be LCD Or View finder) Thanking you & best of luck Udupi

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