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Will play recorded tapes but when recording now it will record audio but there is no picture, and yes i have removed the lens cap

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This is usually caused by a defective CCD image sensor and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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