Cassate tape will not eject from my Canon ZR85 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
The battery is functional and fully charged on our ZR85, but the tape cassette inside the camera will not eject. I put the camera in Play(VCR) mode, and slide the Open/Eject button in the correct direction; then the bay door opens, the tray with the cassette tape comes out, there is some noise for about 5-10 seconds, and then the tray goes back into the machine without having offered me a way to take the cassette out. Please advise. Clay equalrightsforyouth (at) yahoo.com
Re: Cassate tape will not eject from my Canon ZR85 Mini...
I found a temporary solution for this problem. When the tray with the cassette tape comes out remove the battery so that the tray will not go inside again. Now on top of the tray it will be written as "PRESS" just adjucent to it you can see a spring connected to the tray just press the string down wards and the tray opens and you can replace the battery. Hope this can help.
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I had the same problem and canon fixed it no charge,there was a recall on this check out the link and follow the instructions http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=227&modelid=9739&keycode=2112&id=48266
Steps for removing the tape from a totally dead ZR85:
1. Turn camera upside down.
2. Move "Open/Eject" button to full right position (toward lens).
3. Manually push tape door open.
4. On the metal surface that sits between you and the tape, there is a very small screw. There is probably a yellow sticker next to the screw that says "Do not press on this part". With a small jewelry phillips screwdriver, remove that screw.
5. Push the metal plate (with tape) in the direction ofr the door and lift slightly. The metal assembly holding the tape comes loose, exposing the top of the tape.
6. Pull the tape upwards (out of the camera). At this point, the tape will still be engaged in the play heads. With the cartridge out far enough to see the heads, reach in with your jewelry screw driver and carefully lift the tape over the heads, and free from the camera.
7. Use the eraser on the end of a pencil to wind your tape back into the cartridge.
8. When re-assembling the mechanism in the camera, there are two curved slots on both sides of the piece you took loose. You'll need to thread these onto two posts inside before you place the top back in position and put the screw back in.
Same problem here with the Samsung D963 (DV cam). I discovered that if you cycle the tape loader without a tape and then load a tape the gremlins leave. At least on mine, the camera doesn't stop for an eject anymore. Hope this helps veryone with this stupid problem. Now if I could just fix the damned battery life....