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When videoing my band my handycam shuts off on it's own

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Re: Handycam shuts off on it's own...

Do you have HDD Smart Protection on?
The hard disk will automatically shut down in this mode (which can be turned on or off) if the camcorder is dropped in order to save data from corruption or loss.

When Drop Protection is enabled, the camcorder automatically shuts off when it senses sudden, jerky movement

Loose connection between base and camera causes it to shut down automatically.
HDD Smart Protection
The hard disk will automatically shut down in this mode (which can be turned on or off) if the camcorder is dropped in order to save data from corruption or loss.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

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