Question about Panasonic NV-GS40 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

1 Answer


For the last two years my video camera has worked perfectly both for video and ictures. However now a problem has developed - Whatever card I use the camera refuses to work saying 'card locked' the slide on the cards are never touch and always remain in open position - is there something I can do to return the camera to original factory settings or is this too drastic or is there some short cut to returning my camera to taking pictures as before.

Posted by on

1 Answer

I have exactly the same problem - but very occasionally, it returns to normal, I can take a few pictures then up comes the message 'CARD LOCKED' . I change for different cards and the problem is always the same. Nobody seems to have a solution and Panasonic do not answer any questions about their defective products. I am very disappointed having bought this camera. All my previous cameras were Sony with no problems whatsoever experienced.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer


Not sure if you are looking for NV-GS50 manual or NV-DR1 user manual. However see NV-GS50/GS40 Operations instructions in another fixya link Owners Manual User Guide for Panasonic NV GS50 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

Apr 21, 2014 | Panasonic NV-GS50 Mini DV Digital...

2 Answers

No memory card for the Panasonic NV-GS10 camcorder...

The NV-GS10 uses MiniDV tapes. You should be able to buy these at just about any camera, department, or electronics store.

Feb 19, 2012 | Panasonic NV-GS10 Mini DV Digital...

1 Answer

I have a nv-gs40 which was laid up for a while o.k now tape will not load and shows TO SERVICE in view finder.

-try a power cycle
*remove battery and disconnect from power cord
*i would also suggest to check the tapes if they're clean
*try to clean the tape head inside the tape deck(tape head: the one that reads the tape)
-try using a soft and dry Q-tip to clean the metal parts inside the tape deck(dont use or apply any liquid solutions. just a plain soft dry Q-tip.

Jun 05, 2011 | Panasonic NV-GS40 Mini DV Digital...

1 Answer

Open/eject cassette not fully operational

Tape mechanism problems can be quite complicated. This will require disassembling the camera to repair the tape mechanism and can be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.

If this response has been of any help to you, please be sure and give a positive vote for me on

Mar 14, 2011 | Panasonic NV-GS40 Mini DV Digital...

2 Answers

Nv-gs40 usb driver


You can download it here from Panasonic.

AV products
Camcorder digital

Mar 16, 2008 | Panasonic NV-GS40 Mini DV Digital...

1 Answer

Does this camera works on Win Vista?

yeah, I'm having the same problem with my NVGS27. Panasonic have sent me this link which is supposed to offer updates. Have a look and see if your model is there. If not then you're as stuck as I am.
I'm waiting on a reply from Panasonic with some more info.
One other way is to install XP, this is supposed to fix it.
Good luck

Jan 02, 2008 | Panasonic NV-GS40 Mini DV Digital...

3 Answers

Transfer of video from Panasonic NV-GS50 tape to computer

You can only transfer from the card to a PC. You can record video on the card in .mpeg4 format.

Oct 09, 2006 | Panasonic NV-GS50 Mini DV Digital...

1 Answer

Panasonic NV-GS40

the possible fault may be bad image senser CCD. you require a professionl to change the CCD.

Jun 22, 2006 | Panasonic NV-GS17 Mini DV Digital...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Panasonic NV-GS40 Mini DV Digital Camcorder Logo

Related Topics:

141 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Panasonic Video Cameras Experts

Pieter Vleeshouwers
Pieter Vleeshouwers

Level 3 Expert

1667 Answers


Level 3 Expert

70346 Answers


Level 2 Expert

120 Answers

Are you a Panasonic Video Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides