Whether I'm recording or in standby mode, my screen will flicker green or at times be a totally distorted green. It will usually correct itself, but it doesn't give me a very enjoyable video to watch later. My HandyCam is about 4 years old and this is the only problem I've had.
I have the exact same problem with my dcr-dvd300 which is also about 4 years old. My camera will do the green flicker repeatedly while recording. It's really kind of sad when you think about the cost we put out for this camera!
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Re: screen flickers green on recording
First make sure that you didn't just leave the camera on for five
minutes in standby mode. The camera is
programmed to shut down, to keep the tape from melting from the
friction of the spinning video head drum against the stationary tape
and thereby clogging the heads. This is normal and desired. To fix this
just turn the thumb switch off and on, as explained in the manual. If
you are using the camera as an external source for another device, like
webcam streaming on USB, as a Video or S-Video source for a VCR, or
Firewire to a DVD Burner or computer, then you will want to disable
this feature. Remove the tape, if you are using the more versatile
Camera Mode. Or turn the power switch up all the way and use Memory
Mode. If using the VCR mode to play back a tape, get the tape moving
before it times out.
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If your Canon A85 shows distorted image in live view (camera mode) then its known problem of ccd imager chip failure. Check below image. canon offers free of cost ccd imager chip replacement in A85 model. Please confirm if its canon A85 camera or any other model to provide you more info.
Check the VU connector between the deflection and signal boards on the foil side for ring cracked connections... Pin 13 is blue and I think 12 is green... If cracked simply reflow some solder on each pin and re-assemble.
Hi how long do you wait until you turn it off? the user manual says that his process can take a long time so if its only been a few minutes might want to wait a while longer, user manual gives an idea of times. check the manual for setting your unit only to update in standby mode, so this process doesnt happen while your watching TV etc