I just bought my camera (Panasonic PV-GS500) and each time I've used it the result has been like taping inside a fishbowl. The image quality is noticeably distorted - kind of rounded and elongated at the same time. I didn't change any settings. It seems to have shipped like this. This can't be normal - it's totally unusable. I'm thinking it must be the lens and I'm willing to buy a new one, but I'm not sure this camera can switch out lenses. Any suggestions or feedback would be so useful. Thanks.
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Profession diagnosis was that the drum is out of round and cost of repair prohibitive, so I bought a new Panasonic PV-GS500 with a service contract this time! I had actually dropped the GS-150 when it was fairly new and the fall was cushioned by landing on the battery, so I did get a couple of years of good use from it.
I continue to use it as a still camera -- Amazingly, it takes great stills (better than my GS500). Unfortunately, my husband lost the lens cover (and the lens is kind of scratched now), so I would like to replace these parts if I can do so at a reasonable price. Thanks.
I had the same problem but without the needing cleaning message on my Pana PvGs12, weird as it sounded, I stopped it but left it on and gave it a whack on my palm and then tired playing it again and it fixed it. But I have heard it may also need professional head repair and that it may be out of alignment too? Try switching from doing it in the camera mode and or in the playback mode. I'd also try the reset button.