Battery power only allows 5 minutes of filming time
I used the included batteries, and then replaced within 5 minutes. Those batteries only lasted about 2 minutes. This camcorder boasts longer video taping time on the package, 50 minutes. But, I can only get up to 8 minutes on a given set of batteries before the camera shuts off. It's frustrating and annoying, and it could get extremely expensive. I'm ready to take it back if I can't find an answer. This is an Aiptek ISDV2.4 camcorder.
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Some camcorders have a manual eject button that will open the compartment and allow you to remove the film/tape. Since you again declined to specify the model of your camcorder, I can't tell you whether this solution applies to you. If you need further information, please feel free to reply to this post, but be sure to include the model of your camcorder.
The camcorder will shut off (i.e. go into "sleep" mode) after a few minutes of inactivity - to save your battery, particularly when your battery is at half or lower.
I find that my (fully charged) battery lasts only about 30 minutes (or less, if I use the zoom a lot, or, I use the filming (night) light, or I do not put the lens cover on when not in use, or I do not close the LCD display screen). I'll usually power off after completing my shots.
I keep a close watch on the battery meter and switch batteries as soon as it shows a red bar. (Just give it a minute to wrap-up before shutting down). I usually carry a couple of extra charged batteries. A larger (after market) battery that I bought lasted a hour or so, but it didn't hold a charge well after a couple of weeks of use.
Yesterday I filmed with Hitachi camcorder is DZ-GX5020A in back yard, I am actor and press the record is half hours. Camcorder causes "Repair Data" x Found error in image file. Repair data now?" I press the "Yes" is for 6 second is pop screen said " ! Use AC Adapter/Charger. Turn off power". I unplugged the recharge battery and use Ac Adapter with plug in the camcorder is turn on(I click turn on behind of camcorder on film logo) on "DISC ACCESS"then pop screen said "Repair Data" x Found error in image file. Repair data now?" I re-click on "Yes"(like before use battery pack recently) is 19 second on "Repairing" on pop screen repeat again on it's said "X Error occurred. Please Replace disc." I press square make stop. Then check said "DISC ACCESS" Then I press record because it's said "CHECK DISC" doesn't working. I believe the Hitachi camcorder cause damage on disc is erase, malfunction problem cause damage or security something. When I filmed my niece Anna Maria's B-day, Disneyland, etc. are last week agothen I am actor are filmed inside of the mini disc is very important, I tried on Finalize doesn't working cause said "Finalize Disc...! Write protected. Check disc" cause block by Repair Data's security on disc. I disabled security of Repair Data. Unknown. I am very very very angry, depression, disappointment. I am just angry at Hitechtronic, Inc. should responsible, tester, design who make camcorder should be better quality. Can you repair my mini Disc "Memorex "should disabled security of Repair Data? Something please help me for switch your camcorder is different brand out my mini disc on finalize and back to me?. Can you ask tech should fix my mini disc on finalize uses on the other camcorder (borrow is temporary) make finalize? Then back my mini disc (very important) on tech had other Hitachi camcorder is DZ-GX5020A should finalize is very simple. I am very confuse or what.??
I had the same problem, but it seemed to be a bit more sporadic. I'd occasionally get the "Charging Paused - Check Battery Pack" error. The battery pack itself looks a bit strange, since the white plastic covers the bottom, right side and it seems that there is no possible way for the battery to make contact with the camera. However, I saw the following suggestion on another site (which the poster claimed came from Flip technical support), and this technique worked for me:
1) remove the battery pack from the camcorder 2) connect the camcorder to a powered USB port on your computer 3) when the "Connected" indicator comes on, insert the battery pack into the camcorder 4) safe eject your camcorder from your computer 5) reconnect your camcorder to your computer 6) the battery pack should now begin to charge within the camcorder
indicates an empty or missing backup battery. The backup battery allows
the camcorder to retain date, time and other settings when the main
power source is removed. The flashing symbol is not recorded by the camcorder so you can continue filming without problems.
stop the flashing symbol remove the old backup battery and replace it
with a new one, or recharge the built-in lithium battery if the
camcorder has a built-in rechargeable battery. Note: when the
backup battery runs out during filming please do not remove the power
supply (battery pack) before the camcorder is powered from a household
power source and power adapter, or the user settings and date/time will
For more detailed information please consult the instruction manual.
The problem here is condensation inside the camera. I leave the camera turned off, remove the cassette tape and then point a hair drier on warm or low heat and slow speed right into the innards of the camera through the open cassette tape door. I run the hair dryer for 5 minutes and then replace the cassette. If the camera still dosen't work just wait for another 5 or 10 minutes and then it will work OK.
Be sure to charge for AT LEAST 14 hours on the new battery, even if the charger light goes out - it's still trickle charging. It's normal for most camcorders to auto-shut off after 5 minutes, if it's not recording. But if your batt light comes on, the problem is probably with the battery.
You need keep the power plugged in and allow the internal battery to recharge as it may have discharged due to lack of use. Alternativley the internal battery may need replacing by a qualified engineer. You should know if this is the problem as it usually denoted by a red flashing battery with a line striking through it.