This Samsung 8mm video camera was great, and no problem at all that is until after leaving it quite a while I tried it out and found that the image through the viewfinder was a multi-coloured waterfall! However the camera seems to work fine otherwise, and plays back old tapes through the TV perfectly. The dilemma I guess is that it is pretty much obsolete, and probably not worth getting fixed. Seems a shame as it has had very little wear, and is otherwise like new. So, any advice would be much appreciated.
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Re: Camcorder viewfinder fuzzy image
Defective ccd imager!! company will replace this ccd imager free of charge. Year 2002 up to 2005 released unit has a factory defect ccd imager. the company recalled those units and replaced with a stronger version of ccd imager ( they are still doing it). check it out.
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Interesting that it has worked so long. You might want to consider a better camera since even the cheapest digital video camera today will have better video than a VHS-C camcorder. With the VHS tape it only recorded analog signals and each copy of the tape would degrade. Most cellphones today will take video that is orders of magnitude better than a VHS-C unit . . .
Possible that there is loss of sync from the signal and so it is unstable on both the viewfinder and the LCD display. This can be a fault on the main board- processing section. It can also be related to weak passive components or development of moisture. Leave the camera ON for few hours , place it on a warm surface - near to a table lamp and see if the fault changes. If so you need to keep using the camera often to keep the circuits active.
This seems like a tape playback problem. Can you look at the output of the tape in the camera directly into a monitor? And checking the tapes on another machine would also be good.
The fast movement breakup can be something in the playback circuitry of the camera. It may not show up in the viewfinder. Also yo umay try repacking the tape. Fast forward it to the end and rewind it all the way.
This problem may be due to a malfunction of the CCD image sensor in the camera. It is defective in this model and canon will repair it for you at no charge. Here is the link to their service notice. You can call the 1800 no in the article and they will send you a form along with a ups label to send the camera to them.
That soft buzzing sound seems to me would be the power supply inside the camera trying to operate something under a loaded condition like maybe ba stuck iris or lens or could even be those small caps (we call them Pan caps)inside your camera are starting to go bad. unless your quite good at micro electronics I would leave this one for the pros.. Contact the sony service depot in your owners manual.