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Panasonic camcorder I have a PV-DV953D camcorder, serial #: A4HL50064. It has not been used in a year. Now when I turn it on, the screen is either blank or I see a weirdly colored view -- usually all red. Sometimes the camcorder seems normal when I turn it on, but eventually the colors go weird and the machine eventually shuts down. It does this whether on battery or plugged in. I have tried the reset button. I would like a diagnosis and estimate.

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  • rickexner Aug 31, 2007

    Thank you for the diagnosis. I feared something like that. But I don't think I have much leverage to get a discount. Panasonic's warranty on everyting but the CCD is 1 year. On the CCd it is only 6 months!

  • dangiaochi Dec 06, 2007

    LCD problem, no picture on screen, displays red lines on top half, black and sometimes blue on lower half. This camcorder I bought on Dec 2003, same time with Minolta Dimage A1. Use only a few times a year. Both likely have the same LCD problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2008

    I have a Panasonic PV-DV953 , no (D) after the number. When I record, the screen looks like it has red washings, like paint running down a wall.

  • phl08 Jun 14, 2008

    I have the same problem and was about to send it to the repair facility in IL (I'm in NJ, but the panasonic online search for an authorized repair center shows up as IL). Their flat rate is $261 for an out of warranty camcorder. Should I try to talk to them about the CCD and request labor only?

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CCD sensor faulty and has to be replaced. A properly manufactured CCD transduced should last +-15 years so you should isist on having it repaired free of charge by Panasonic agent. ( worst case pay for labor but not the faulty component : 1 hour labour with this problem ).

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