Question about Canon MV30i Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I've now had 3 mv30's and 2 mv30i's and they have all failed with the same problem: eventually the tape get's stuck in the mechanism, and major surgery is needed to get the tape out (destroying camera in one instance)
I have used the camera's for wedding videos and school productions, as they have been great shooters, but this seems to be a design fault. I don't know what needs fixing...
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The "remove Tape" error message on Canon DV camcorders is a general message meaning something is not correct with the tape transport system. These are miniature precision mechanisms and It could be anything from dew sensors to head motor, capstan drive etc. If the cassette drawer closes OK with no tape inserted then the tape sensor/ end tape sensor is operating. With no tape inserted the head drum does not run when the drawer closes but it does with a tape present. Does the head drum start up when you load a tape or is there no noise at all? If the head runs then it is possible the capstan is not starting or is jammed. If the head does not run then the cure will be either extremely tedious and delicate or very expensive. These units do not dismantle easily so unless you have some experience with this, or are willing to take a risk, then I would not recommend it. However, without such action you may have to write-off the unit anyway. Canon's repair charge will exceed the camera's value unless it's still under warranty. Your best option would be to find a local repairer that is willing to look at it, but I wouldn't be too optimistic .To some, this error message is a major issue when deciding to buying canon dv cameras. However, they are great little cameras and treated kindly will give many hours of excellent service. Don't store the camera with tapes loaded. don't subject it to sudden temperature changes or excessive vibration. Store it in a dry protected atmosphere and refrain from taking it onto the beach (salt AND sand !!!!) when on holiday etc.
Posted on Dec 18, 2007
SOURCE: Tape Ejection Problem
I have both the willful zoom and the unwilling cassette problems. In the past I have briefly fixed the zoom by opening the door and gently probing the cable to the zoom button. This only worked for a couple of weeks then reverted to same crazed performance. Then last month the "remove the cassette" madness started (bear in mind, I have only recorded perhaps 15 cassettes on this damn thing). Nothing worked. Until tonight when I simply lightly smacked the unit down flat on the manual resting on my desktop. Did this a few times and BOTH the zoom and cassette door started responding properly. I'll see how long this lasts, but it beats buying a new one or dealing with Canon. Never again.
Posted on Mar 09, 2008
SOURCE: Canona Elura 60 problem...
I had the same problem with my elura 60. I would put in a new tape, close the tape holder and wait for it to automaticaly lower so I could close the case. It wouldn't lower. It would just beep and eject the tape and display "please remove cassett". It would work just fine closing when there was no tape inserted. I tried all of the suggestions about warming it up, full battery charge, reset the camera, etc. I didn't want to pay a professional to fix it or buy a new one. So, I tried a new idea. I closed it all up, held it about 6 inches off of the ground (carpet), and droped it on the cassett side onto the ground. IT WORKED!!!
Posted on May 01, 2008
SOURCE: Canon zr300 ejects tapes
I just tried the "Fonzie" fix in my ZR300 and my camera now works - cassette compartment closes all the way now with the tape inserted. It just took one "hit" to fix the prolem. I was surprised. But ericemartin's solution is worth a try.
Posted on May 28, 2008
our MV800 was doing the the same so i "accidentally" dropped it (i got a bit frustrated and it was out of warranty) and now it works fine. please note it dropped about half a meter on carpeted floor while it was off.
Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
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