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Sony Handycam DCR-VX1000

Great running camera...every once in a while while looking in the viewfinder, the image appears to be primarily red with streaks of blue and the picture is hard to make out. If I tap the side of the camera lightly the camera clears back up.If you try to record while the camera is doing this funky thing it will record the image as seen in the viewfinder.At first I thought it was a loose connection with the power cord, but I am thinking maybe a wire came loose?? or something other than that. When it is not doing this the camera records remarkably clear. Any ideas??

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2008

    I have the same problem:  red and sometimes blue horizontal lines across the picture.  I found Ari's post helpful.  I just read it today so haven't yet contacted SONY.  The vx 1000 is not included in SONY's list of affected products, nor does it fall into the covered time frame so I'll see if they are willing to do a fix on it.

  • VXeSam Jun 19, 2008

    where exactly do you tap?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    i turned on my camera and it was fine but i moved the viewfinder up and it went very very dim. i turned it off, moved it down and it was fine but them i moved it back up and now it stays dim



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You have an intermittent problem that is probably an open as opposed to a "short". An open is when a connection(s) is not being made that needs to be, a short is when a connection(s) is made that shouldn't be.
Quite often the "open" is a solder connection or a plug in circuit board connection. The solution of tapping the side and the problem being temporally corrected is good news.
The bad news is you need an experienced Sony camcorder technician to handle this problem. Disassembling the camcorder, finding the problem, solving the problem, running the camcorder while apart to locate the problem and test for reliability, and the final reassembly is a delicate procedure. More damage, or worse fatal damage, may be done to the camcorder if the repair is not done improperly.

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