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Sony TRV840 - when I play back a tape in the camera - the playback of the audio and video is not smooth ... Is it fixable or time for a new camera ... It is a Sony HI8 Digital camera ...

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Ucan have ur camcorder serviced at nearby service centre of asony ...their is tape path issue with ur camcorder.

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