Question about Canon ZR200 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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I have a canon zr200 and canon zr300 camcorder. Recently, both have stopped retracting the tape carriage when a tape (all tapes) are loaded. When the tape carriage is empty, it retracts just fine, every time. This problem was sporadic at first and then finally it became permanent. I tried all posted solutions to no avail. Apparently this is a common problem with many models of CANON video cameras. I would think someone would have found a permanent working solution by now. I'm sure Canon knows but they are not sharing their secrets. Prefer the money gained in sending to them I guess. Canon had a good reputation, and these cameras are pips if it weren't for this persistent problem. It seems big enough that Canon should offer a recall to repair their cameras as Fuji and Sony did with their faulty CCD problem on there digital cameras. (i.e. A303, etc.). Canon reputation is going downhill rapidly because of things like this. Someone please help with a solution to this problem if you know of a real solution. So far only temporary solutions have been offered and no real reason offered (even from Canon) for this problem.

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  • Anonymous Jun 25, 2008

    Same problem :( 
    But my tspe is now stuck inside

  • Anonymous Jul 08, 2008

    We have experienced the exact same problem. Will retract without a tape but nothing when ANY tape is inserted. FRUSTRATING.

  • chfldy4evr Jul 08, 2008

    Same problem here. It is frustrating. The camera isn't that old - 3 years.

  • fixitbaby Jul 14, 2008

    Yes! I am facing the same problem with my ZR300. I do use the camcorder extensively.

  • Anonymous Jul 26, 2008

    YES this is ridiculous, at first I thought it was something that I did, and I completely freaked out. I'm sort of relieved I'm not the only one. any solutions/suggestions?! 

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  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    the tape in the camera will not come back out and tells me to eject the tape and the tape wont eject

  • Anonymous Aug 19, 2008

    same prob. now it's just a paper weight .. help!
    bad canon, no donut!



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I have the same problem with my zr200, its driving me nuts!!!
Everything looks and seems fine. Without a tape it works perfectly. With a tape it wont retract and it says to remove the tape. It just started out of the blue, no warning.

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

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Get to Canon and see if they will spring for a new carriage assembly, as this is usually the culprit...accordianman

Posted on Jul 02, 2008


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