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Cannot record images

Can not see images on screen just blank but will record sound, and will play back on screen ok

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Re: cannot record images

Your model is on a list of camcorders with potentially defective CCD sensors. Sony is replacing them free of charge. Go here for the link and free mailing label:

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  2. Look in lens make sure there is nothing on or blocking lens.
  3. Find bright room & see if image comes up.
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  5. If you have eyepiece lens look to make sure it is off. {Most cams will not let you use both at same time.}
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However I persevered and it seems to have worked in it is now recording and playing back. The steps I suggest, with PERSEVERANCE, are :
1. Clean the heads (I did it 3 times in all, with about 1 hour between each session);
2. Leave the camera open (tape section) for about 2 hours and put the camera (with or without tape) in a warm place. (I also had condensation messages).
3. Once it is warm put in a recorded tape and attempt to view it. At first I had "dirty" vertical lines for a few seconds but it cleared and played normally.
4. If Step 3 still does not work repeat 1 and 2. As I said PERSEVERE.
If Step 3 works then try to record. It should work hopefully. If not, repeat 1 and 2 (shortening the "Warm Up" time).
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