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Canon zr300 ejects tapes

My canon zr300 mini dv camcorder keeps ejecting tapes, can't get a tape in to record or anything

Same problem - the compartment will close if there is no tape in it, but will not take the tape down in to the camera whenever I place a tape in it (tried several tapes).  When I place a tape in the cassette compartment and push it closed, the tape will make some humming noise, but will not attempt to take the tape down in to the camera body; then it will eject the tape.

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  • Marso Feb 12, 2008

    I cannot play my recorded film

  • justnorml Mar 01, 2008

    The camera won't take tapes down. Retracts and goes back down if tape is not present, but if I put any tape in it will make funny noise and eject tape without taking it in to the camera!

  • gus98a Mar 01, 2008

    Same problem, it rejects the cassette after a few seconds and does not take it in.

  • melissa11 Mar 13, 2008

    I am having the same problem as well...it won't take the tapes down...it will close without a tape in it though. I have a little red tape icon flashing on my screen when I turn the camera on.



    It sounds like something happens to these cameras when they are about 3 years old...

    I have never dropped it or really even used it that much...

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2008

    mine does the same thing. Has anyone found a solution ?

  • easberry Jul 23, 2008

    Same Problem

  • mpoinaru Nov 17, 2008

    I have the same problem ,never buy a Canon again . I start thinking this product are programed to crash at a certain date ,main crash in the same month.

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    yep - frustrating.

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There is a fix for this which was posted for either the ZR 200 or 400. They call it the "Fonzie" fix. Just hit the camcorder with your fist on the side where the tape goes in (with the door closed). Hit it lightly once, try inserting the tape. Repeat this process with increasing force each time until this works.

Surprisingly, this worked for me. Obviously, there must be something loose for this type of solution to work. I actually had it working once, then it acted up again. I tried the same solution and it's working again. No problems for several days now.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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    It worked!! I went straight for four hits in succession and then Tried to put film in and it worked!! Thankyou so much still laughing that brute force and banging it worked :))

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Wow it took a couple of hits, but the Fonzie fix worked for mine too. Ridiculous

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Unbelievable!!! I'm so happy this really worked!!! My Canon ZR100 is working now! The tech support at canon told me to get a head cleaner! Waste of money and time! The Fonzie method worked! Aaaaaaa! Thumbs up to whoever discovered this technique. It makes me laugh!

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Awsome Solution. Thanks folks.. it really worked on mine

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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.

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Another happy fonzie solution with a few good whacks on the side of the camera. Gotta love it! thanks all.

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YUP, IT DOES WORK!!! I discovered this by getting pissed-off! LOL Done it 2x's now! Just hope it doesn't stop solving the problem.

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No freakin way! It worked! My camera hasn't worked in over a year and this fixed it! I should have do this search long ago! Sorry for the exclaimation points, ut this is great!

Posted on Apr 03, 2010

  • d77sayan Nov 07, 2010

    Great. It worked on my Canon MV 920. The customer care also told me to get a head cleaner. But the head cleaning cassette was also not loading. Now it is ok.

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hmmm...the only reason that usually happens is when the tape is messed up internally, or there is something stuck in amongst the head

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

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The solution for this required sending it to Canon factory service. I was very reluctant to do this because I've heard horror stories about Canon service, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. The total cost was only about $65 and the shipping and service turn around time was amazingly fast. I was expecting weeks to go by. If memory serves me right I shipped it and received it back in less than 2 weeks.

This is a known problem with Canon and would be covered under warranty if your time hasn't run out.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

SOURCE: i cant eject my Panasonic NV-GS55 Mini DV Digital video cassette

Try ejecting cassette whilst powered from AC Adaptor. Secondly, try operating Eject from powered off mode. If operation LED starts flashing after any of these attempts, the mechanism is probably jammed or has become mis-timed. Unfortunately this requires professional intervention to avoid further damage to your equipment.
I hope this information is of assistance!

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