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Hello. I have a Sony DCR-HC20 mini-DV camcorder with a defective CCD that is causing the camera to record sound only. The video tends to look like the camera lens was left on. Sony will no longer fix this issue for a reduced cost. Is it possible for you to obtain the correct part and fix this issue? thanks

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The defective CCD can be replaced. This can 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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I believe the CCD ( Charger Couple Device ) was defective it like image sensor it take the picture from the CAM lens and processing, It delicated to replace it you need specials instrument to align and software to setup colour and white balance
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