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After having dropped my ( 10 inch drop) camera, I am getting gray vertical bars on my playback. I know it's not a low-light issue or a dirty head issue, because the playback was perfect just before the drop. Anything I can do, short of taking it in for repair?

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This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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