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Horizontal grey bars across screen.

I've read the other post about grey bars across the screen but it didn't help me.

Canon zr 200 ... I know, old, but it's what I got.

The grey bars are not on the screen while recording only during playback. If I record to the memory card there are no bars at all, playback or during recording, only when playing back from the minidv tape are they there.

When uploaded to my computer they are still there.

I've tried the head cleaner stuff and it hasn't worked. For such an old camera I don't really want to pay to have it fixed when I could spend $ on a new one. Ideally someone has a diy fix. I'm pretty able when it comes to fixing this sort of stuff just need som guidance.

Thanks,
Todd

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Hi,
This sounds like it is the Tape recording function that is at fault. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most difficult to correct without a scope and test jig.
However,
If it is more than 5 years old, it may be suffering from component failure.
In particular the Electrolytic capacitors in these small cams seem to fail first due to temperature and humidity changes. They can leak, dry up or corrode, so it may be worth looking inside at the control boards to spot any physical signs of deterioration.
This shows typical surface mount capacitors - silver cylinders with black segment denoting negative -

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