Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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After turning it on, there is no display on the screen. When you operate the zoom nothing happens

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  • ken_r_mer Apr 11, 2009

    Wecome to the club. Apparently, Sony had produced a run of faulty CCD Image Sensors from 2002 to 2004. This affected cameras and camcorders from 2002 till who knows when.

    A "service advisory" in October 2005 had Sony replacing the bad sensors for free only up until October of 2007. No notice was sent to the buyers. I know, I never got the notice.

    This also affected other manufacturers since most bought their sensors from Sony. The other companies had their own form of service agreement.

    The symptoms are: no image viewed thru the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. You should still be able to see and work the controls on the LCD screen and you should still be able to play back previous recordings.

    The cost to replace the CCD Image Sensor by Sony is about $160 + shipping. I've seen used working HC20's on EBAY for about $120. The non-working ones are going for about $15.

    In my opinion this should have been an Official Recall.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    **** sony......sucks. i'll never goingto buy any other product from them....likelily both psp of my children are flashed and can dowload as many games.

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If you can still work the controls from the LCD screen and see images from previous recorded tapes, but NOT see any current image thru either the LCD screen or thru the viewfinder then its a faulty CCD Image Sensor. Sony had a bad production run of the sensor chip from 2002 to 2004 affecting products from 2002 till who knows when. This affected other camera manufacturers too since they bought their sensors from Sony. A Sony "service advisory" in October 2005 would fix for "free" anybody coming forward with the problem. This freebie ended in October 2007. Mine went just last month. Cost to fix by Sony...$160 + shipping. There are quite a few non-working handycams on EBAY for an average of $15. Seems to me this was big enough to be an Official Recall.

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