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Canon ZR80 Blank Screen and more

Hi when ever I turn on my canon zr80 the screen goes black and nothing shoes, sometimes I will see the picture flicker on briefly but not very often. Also when I switch it to playback mode, and press play on something that already has video on it, it won't play...HELP!

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Re: Canon ZR80 Blank Screen and more

Call 1-800-828-4040.....there is a defective chip that needs to be replaced and Canon will fix it for free. They even sent me free shipping lables as well....

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My canon ZR80 plays back with half the screen greyed our and grey lines on the other half

Camcorder has a bad video head assy. you can try cleaning it and if it doesnt help then the video head needs to be replaced.

Sep 05, 2010 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder: I have a blinking red icon with a slash through it...

Sounds like the memory battery indicator. Does it look like a button battery with a slash? If it is, you probably cannot set the date and time also. It takes a CR 1616 button battery and goes in the window behind the main battery.

May 16, 2010 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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My cannon zr80 wont show anything through the lens anymore. The screen just appears black, it almost looks like it has the cap on even though it isnt on and sometimes the screen gets lines in it. It still...

I don't think this is too much at all, it sounds like the sensor went out behind the lens. If you email them at they specialize in these canons. I doubt it will be much plus you'll get the whole camcorder serviced at the same time. That site is amazing if you need help with a canon, that's actually all they specialize in. I don't have their email but it should be on the site. Good luck with it.

Mar 14, 2010 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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There is no focus when attempting to record or play back

Contacted Canon, there was a faulty part in the ZR80 and other models. they offer a free repair including shipping and handling. Camcorders: ZR60, ZR65 MC, ZR70 MC, ZR80, ZR85, ZR90, ELURA 40 MC, ELURA 50
- Digital Cameras A60, A70, A75, A300, A310, S230, SD100, SD110, A40(*), A80(*), A85(*), A95(*), S1 IS(*), S60(*), S200(*), S330(*), S400(*), S410(*), S500(*)

Oct 07, 2009 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Black screen in REC mode, bars across the screen in Playback mode

My advice is that you should by a DV cleaning cassette. Put this in the camera and run it for 10 to 20 seconds only. running the cleaning cassette for a long time may damage the head.
good luck!

Jul 20, 2009 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Canon ZR80 no image on TV in playback

Make sure your AV cable is plugged firmly into the camera. These cables can problem your observing when they are not fully "plugged in". If that does not solve your problem, the front pcb (board underneath lens assy) may have a bad connection. I charge a flat rate of $125.00 for camcorders including parts in most cases with a 90 warranty. If the repair cannot be made for this price a free estimate will be given. Contact Frank @615-400-1440 or e-mail

May 10, 2008 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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No picture

If you want to have it done for free check the canon service note - it may help and will not cost you a broken penny.

Dec 23, 2007 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Camcorder ZR80 saying remove cassette, won't record or play.

when you put cassette try to see the take up left side weather it rotating?if no try to rotate with your finger.may be there is a bend on that.

Nov 25, 2007 | Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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