Question about Canon MVX10I Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Hi, I have a Canon MVX10i. It?s circa 18 months old and used only on 6 holidays. When I insert a tape and press play, I can see the tape symbol showing that the tape is in motion. However there is no picture on the lcd. I tried 11 tapes on which I have recordings and find the same issue. I have tried connecting the camcorder to a tv, but the same issue is apparent - no picture on playback. I found this link (which is the exact issue I am having) but Canon say my model is not listed and I will have to pay to ship the unit back to them and £140 to fix the problem!! This is the last EVER Canon product I will buy. I now live in Spain and it's a real pain trying to speak to the service centres here (lacking as they are in English). Can someone please tell me if I can resolve the problem myself? I am a network and server engineer so amd pretty good at fixing things when I know what to look for. Thanks for your help! Jay
cleaning cassette may help - if the picture comes back but soon goes blue screen ? your heads need thorough cleaning or replacement ;
Posted on Jul 31, 2007
The video heads may be clogged. Depending on the severity of clogging, if minor, you can clean the heads with the head cleaning tape other option would be manual and direct cleaning by technician. First, open the tape loading area for dust removal by canned air, clean pinch roller with Q-Tip using denatured alchohol and try it. If it did not do the job. Assigne it to a technician for about $99 for a professional cleaning. Good luck -James. For further assistance by email, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com
Posted on Mar 27, 2009
This sounds like it is the Tape recording function that is at fault. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most difficult to correct without a scope and test jig.
If it is more than 5 years old, it may be suffering from component failure.
In particular the Electrolytic capacitors in these small cams seem to fail first due to temperature and humidity changes. They can leak, dry up or corrode, so it may be worth looking inside at the control boards to spot any physical signs of deterioration.
This shows typical surface mount capacitors - silver cylinders with black segment denoting negative -
Posted on Sep 08, 2009
I have the solution that the canon expert forgot to mention. And this solved my exact problem too. I put in the tape and then shut the white door over top. This doesn't engage the tape. Problem solved. Human error, The fix cost nothing.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009
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