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Canon ZR 950 wont record. It goes through all the motions but when you try to playback there is nothing there

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This is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. Try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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