Question about Sony Handycam DCR-TRV280 Digital Camcorder

1 Answer

No picture at all

My camcorder suddenly stopped working. it will play back videos but when I try to record, you don't have any picture at all. I tried to reinsert a new tape but had the same result

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 100 times.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 206 Answers
Re: no picture at all

CCD sensor problem ( that you can play back but have no image in capture mode is typical of this common problem ). Sony might do this repair free of charge because properly manufactured CCD sensor should last 10 years+ .

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

The camera is not showing a picture on the camcorder screen or tv when trying to play in play mode. It ate a tape when I tried to play back a video. I took out the tape, fixed the tape and then tried a...

This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.

If this response has been of any help to you, please be sure and give a positive vote for me on .

Jan 22, 2011 | Canon ZR600 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

2 Answers

Camera suddenly will not record

This looks like a relay or micro switch has gone, camera needs looking at.

Jun 20, 2010 | Panasonic NV-DS65 Mini DV Digital...

1 Answer

Sony DCR-TRV460 not playing back, blue screen

Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if a blue screen is displayed when attempting to playback video from the camcorder.
  1. Stop the tape.
  2. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  3. Play the tape.
  4. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  5. Clean the video heads of the camcorder using a dry head cleaning cassette.IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions for use provided with the head cleaning cassette. It may be necessary to use the head cleaning cassette more than once per session.
  6. Reinsert the tape into the camcorder.
  7. Play the tape.
  8. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  9. Insert a different tape with video footage into the camcorder.
  10. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  11. Play the tape.
  • If a blue screen is still displayed, then the camcorder may require service .
  • If the tape plays back correctly, then the first tape may be faulty or there is a problem with the video recording.

Aug 13, 2009 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV460 Digital Camcorder

1 Answer

Camcorder recording troubles

Dear elfox33
Your camcorder has dirty/clogged video head problem. Please use Video Head Cleaning Cassette Video-8 type to clean it. Hope problem will be solved.

Mar 18, 2008 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV250E Digital...

1 Answer

Will not playback tapes

a sony cleaning cassette may clear the gunk from your friend ' s possibly ? bad tapes ( do not rewind it - or the gunk will be redeposited ) ; if still no video , get an estimate to have your heads and guides cleaned . . . professionally ;

Jul 02, 2007 | Sony Handycam CCDTRV118 Camcorder

1 Answer

Picture freeze

have you tried to plat back on another player.?Could be either at fault,seeing as is playing back ok on cam would suspect your player.try playing on another player to see which at fault.

May 13, 2007 | Panasonic VDR-D250 DVD Camcorder

1 Answer

Camcorder problems

dear sir, Please check with by playing pre-recorded cassatte in the camera( that if you know the recorded picture is good. thank u. reply me.

Jan 12, 2007 | JVC GR-SX24 S-VHS-C Analog Camcorder

1 Answer

Recording From An External Device

The following Models can be used as a recorder to record from a VCR, TV or another Camcorder. 2004 - SC-D107 2003 - SC-D5000, SC-D27 2002 - SC-D180 Recording In Player Mode 1. Connect the camcorder to the VCR or TV with the AUDIO/VIDEO cable (provided) (to the A/V Outputs on External Device) 2. Set the power switch of the camcorder to PLAYER mode. 3. Turn on the VCR or TV. 4. Insert the blank tape with protection tab closed into the camcorder. If you want to record from a connected VCR, insert a recorded VHS tape into the VCR. 5. Press the MENU button, turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V and press the ENTER button. 6. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight AV IN/OUT and press the ENTER button to select AV IN. "AV IN" and picture appears on the LCD monitor. OUT : Releases the INPUT mode. 7. Press the START/STOP button to set the camcorder to REC PAUSE mode. "PAUSE" appears on the LCD monitor. 8. Select the TV program or playback the VHS tape. 9. Press START/STOP button to start recording. If you want to pause recording for a while, press the START/STOP button again. 10. To stop recording, press the (STOP) button. Notes: * Recording from an analog VCR to the camcorder is only possible when the VCR is playing back at normal speed. * If you want to see the camcorder picture with a TV, set AV IN/OUT in the menu to OUT.

Sep 06, 2005 | Samsung DouCam VP-D5000i Mini DV Digital...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony Handycam DCR-TRV280 Digital Camcorder Logo

Related Topics:

94 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Video Cameras Experts

Larry Stiles
Larry Stiles

Level 2 Expert

286 Answers


Level 3 Expert

93922 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Are you a Sony Video Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides