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Re: Can't format 4G card for use in my Canon ZR85
What kind of card do you have? Your camera only takes SD cards or MMC cards. The amount of GB doesn't matter. I prefer the SD card.
Make sure you have the switch in the unlocked postion. If the card is locked, you won't be able to do anything with it. And, no offense, but everybody makes mistakes...make sure you have it installed correctly!
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Just a guess, but is there a card inserted to record the images? Also, does the card have space available on it? Maybe it's full and just not telling you that.
Also, try the Canon support website to see if others are having the same problem and have found a solution.
It is known problem of ccd imager chip failure in Canon ZR85 camera and ccd imager chip will be replaced to fix the issue. Local camera repair shop will help you to replace ccd imager chip because solder work is involve. Thanks.
I had the same problem and canon fixed it no charge,there was a recall on this check out the link and follow the instructions http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=227&modelid=9739&keycode=2112&id=48266
If your camcorder is Canon ZR85 then it has bad ccd imager problem and that part will be replaced to see live view in camera mode for recording. Canon offers Free of Cost repair for ZR85 model. Click Canon CCD Imager Support for details.
I also have a Canon ZR-- left of the lens and the built-in microphones, there is a small panel that opens to reveal several ports. The middle yellow one is the AV In/Out. You can plug in the cable that came with your camera. One end looks like a microphone plug, the other has 3 RCA type plugs- red, white and yellow. These get plugged into your VCR's OUT plugs on the back of the VCR. Place a tape in the camcorder, open the LCD panel and push the REC PAUSE button. On the VCR, press the Play button. When the tape reaches the point you want to begin recording, press the camcorder's Play/Pause button. When you want to stop recording, press the Stop button on the camcorder. This is also detailed on page 82 of your manual, manuals are available online at Canon.com. Your specific manual is at: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=174&modelid=9739#DownloadDetailAct Hope this helps.
I had a similar thing happen to me...the video would not come one when I turned it on, but the audio would work, and it would play back tape fine.
I happened upon the following solution (though I don't know how long it will last). I charged the camera, and then noticed it worked fine when the charger was plugged in. As soon as I unplugged it, the video would go black. So...I plugged it in, turned it to record, and unplugged it, and it worked! Almost like something got reset. I have no idea how long this will last, or if it means the battery is going...but, give it a try!