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Canon ZR90 Mini Camcorder - Horizontal Lines in Viewfinder and Screen

The camera screen displays colorful horizontal lines when turned on and when looking through the viewfinder you cannot see your subject.

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Re: Canon ZR90 Mini Camcorder - Horizontal Lines in...

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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