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No video on video camera

I have a Panasonic NV-GS50 that has been sitting in a cupboard for a few years. I got itout to get some video of the tapes. I did this no problem. Now I go to use the vide and it will record audio but no video is showing up on either the tape, the LCD viewfinder or the eye viewer.

The LCD screen works in playback and I am getting all the usual symbols etc on the LCd screen when i try to record, just no video.

I cant find any settings that fix this, and cant remember if it was working when I first pulled it out of the cupboard or not.

Yes, the lens cover was off when I tried lol

Any help would be appreciated.


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  • avonheadnz Jun 20, 2009

    Further to this, I have also tried the setting to reset it to default and have tried different tapes as well. But still no video.

    Someone mentioned to remove the flat round battery in it to properly reset the camera, but i cant find any mention of this in the manual and wouldn't know where to find it.

  • avonheadnz Jun 24, 2009

    I dont know if this will help anyone but I got this response from a post on another forum.

    It hasnt helped me but maybe it will help you.

    Another thing that can happen is the shutter
    mechanism can get stuck. Everything will work, except the picture will
    be completely black.

    Many of these types of cameras use a small shield mechanism
    controlled by a motor to regulate the amount of light reaching the CMOS
    sensor. The motor used to control this shield is very small and low on
    torque. If it sticks, which can happen from the camera sitting around
    for a while, the motor may not have enough torque to break it free.
    Likewise, if the motor is burned out, the shutter will not open. The
    shutter mechanism is weighted/spring-loaded to close, so the motor is
    required to open it. It also seems like a lot of cameras don't throw an
    error code when the stuck condition occurs. The result is exactly what
    you describe -- black picture and no error code.

    Several varieties of camcorders are known to have this problem --
    either sticking or motor failure. I scored a nice Samsung miniDV from
    eBay for less than 10 bucks because of this problem. I knew that I was
    only going to use the camera in nightshot mode, so I disabled the
    shutter completely (always open) and everything worked.

    Assuming you're not interested in taking your camcorder apart (and
    it is typically not for the faint of heart or for the inexperienced)
    and the battery reset trick doesn't work you could try a little
    *careful* "percussive maintenance"... No -- do not smash the camera
    with a sledge hammer. Instead, try powering the unit on in camera mode
    with the lens cap ON and no tape in the mechanism. In other words, give
    it a dark subject so that it will attempt to open the shutter all the
    way. Using ONE finger -- your index finger -- gently tap on the camera
    at or around the base of the lens assembly. Don't tap on the lens
    itself, just around the area where it enters the camera. Hold your
    index finger straight and use the motion that one would use to "scold"
    someone. Remove the lens cap and repeat if you don't have picture.

    Some caveats:

    * Gentle! You're not trying to score a knockout punch. You're trying to
    create enough vibration reaching the shutter pivot mechanism to break
    it free if it is stuck.

    * Don't wait forever after powering on. Some cameras apparently
    give up on the shutter after a few moments of not having control. Power
    on, tap, and test in fairly quick succession.

    * Try it several times.

    * Try it from different camera orientations on the lens axis. In
    other words, try it with the camera in a position that would produce an
    upside down picture of your subject, etc.

    * If the shutter motor is burned out or the CMOS sensor is bad, this won't help your problem at all (sorry!).

    * If you DO get it to work using this trick, be aware that it may have a propensity to stick in the future.

    * If you DO get it to work, don't power down and stick it back in the
    drawer right away. Exercise it a bit -- specifically going from light
    to dark over and over again. This will force the motor/mechanism to
    move the shutter, hopefully clearing out whatever was producing the
    friction to make it stick in the first place.

    And, of course, the normal disclaimer applies... Your mileage may
    vary... And, if you do not feel comfortable with this, don't try it!
    Overly aggressive tapping can cause other problems in the unit, which
    is not the intent.



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The CCD chip: the decvice that converts the pictures captured by the lens into electronic form is damaged. this could have happened if you stored the camera with the lens cap off and the lens accidentally pointed to a bright light for some time.
Get a repairman to replace the CCD chip.

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  • Luwangula Sep 22, 2009

    The CCD chip that covnverts the pictures captured by the lens into electronic form is damaged.

    Please get a repairman to replace it


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Perhaps the iris is fully down - check the F stop number - should be high not low to let more light in. Might help.

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