Whenever I play back what I record the picture appears slightly distorted and the picture flickers in parts. It's hard to explain without actually showing what I am talking about. I just bought this camcorder and I love that it is so compact. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem can be? Do I have a defective camera or is this a regular problem with this particular model. I have read some complaints on other forums but no one complained about what I am complaining of. Please help.
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There could be several reasons for badly distorted pictures. considering the age of the unit as DV camcoder which I am guessing would be quite a bit. Most likely the heads have worn out and need replacement. I am assuming you have this problem with newly recorded tapes being played on a TV directly from the camcorder. For this you may also need to check if you are using new tapes and whether the recording mode is PAL or NTSC as per the TV format.
Alternate test would be to play back a previously recorded tape back from the camcorder. That way at least you can establish if the problem is the read head or the write head or the tape itself.
The D90 movie mode is not perfect. Keep the camera steady when shooting movies to reduce flicker.
It sound like you are not in focus when you start recording the movie. Press the shutter button halfway to focus, then press ok to record. If you do not want the camera to change focus in shot keep the shutter halfway down.
I have my pc hooked up to my hdtv via vga cable and the video playback is as good as it is if i were to playback from camera through hdmi ,my screen resolution is 1360x768 which is slightly higher than standard hd but lower than full hd but honestly I doubt you could tell the difference.....ps if you have a graphics card that supports 1920x1080p and obviously the tv also, you dont need hdmi out on pc......vga cable does the same job! im running an nvidia 8800gtx
mechanical alignment! try to record for a minute and playback the result on another player/recorder, not on your camera, if the playback is not okay then your camera needs alignment, you need pro fix. You said that you've done manual cleaning already, maybe you dis aligned the mechanical parts accidentally, applying too much force on the mechanical parts of your small unit tends to bend, dislocate or move these parts out of alignment. defective videohead will never playback good video, and you said that it seems to correct only a few minutes of playback.