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Our Canon ZR950 DC 7.4v should have a record mode and a play mode, and you switch a button to go between one to the other. Today we no matter where the switch pointing (play or camera) , we can only get the play mode to come up--there is no record mode to be found. It is extremely frustrating because the camcorder is less than 2 years old.

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Try this:
1.Change the position of the protect switch on the MiniDV cassette tape
2.Rewind the tape on the camcorder or insert a new tape

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