Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Sony handycam dcr hc 42 red lcd screen

Lcd and view finder are very red, dark in color


everything i record is dark and hued red

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  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    same thing happened to mine


  • Sledge4cp Jun 04, 2008

    My DCR-HC42 just did the same thing. I was on vacation when it started. It went away for the next couple of uses and now it is back apparently permanently.

    If I point the camera at a white wall the viewfinder and/or LCD display show it as red!?!?!?!?

    I hope someone can explain this one soon.


  • dennbergkamp Aug 13, 2008

    I have the same problem

  • tonymynd Aug 23, 2008

    Yea, I have the exact problem, suddenly one day i turned on and i was very red and dark, and this happend exactly after 3 year of use

  • bojasmi Sep 03, 2008

    Same problem here, just spent $50 on a new memory card and tapes, waste of money, it did not solve the problem. I have always been a big Sony fan, defending them from naysayers, but I can not take this kind of lost. It's obivious they are aware of the problem and know that it does not come from abuse. It looks like they would help their customers, but I guess Sony has become like the others, willing make an inferior product and let the customer pay the price. I guess the money is more important than a loyal patron.

  • P Ramnathan Jan 24, 2009

    My camera was bought in Jan 2006. It has the same problem. Even the view finder is showing the red and dark. Even leaves in a tree are MARTIAN red!!!

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Just call 1-800-222-7669 Sony Support. They will send you pre-UPS label and you mail your camcorder to Sony support. They will replace the LCD View finder for free. I did it about a year ago.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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I have the same problem, It's actually the second unit. The previous one did same thing. I called Sony and they said it will cost me $201 to repair. The guy said he is not aware of any free repair service of the LCD screen.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010

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Ditto Sledge4cp... btw, that 1-800 number is not valid in India!!!

Posted on May 19, 2010

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