My camera's playback works, but when I try to switch to video or thetaking picture function, it beeps five times, and the screen switchesto playback. The lens is already retracted. So the camera does not takepictures or video, only shows the pictures that I have already taken.How do I get the lens to extend and the camera to start takingpictures? The camera hasn't been abused in any way according to my ownknowledge.
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I almost have the same problem. My camera automatically switches between playback and camera mode quickly only for a while,then it remains still in the playback.When it remains in playback,if I toggle the playback/camera switch few times,it may work for some shots but again the problem begins. (http://www.fixya.com/ThreadAsker.aspx?thid=2918658) Did you find any solution?
In playback mode the lCD displays the battery time, hi8 symbol and the tape counter. all the functions work the tape will play, rewind, fast forward. The screen stays blank on playback and the tape counter stays at 0:00:00 eventhough I can see the tape turning. I also hooke the camera to my tv and I got no picture.
very good poss that camera needs mode dial switch assembly.Especially if unit was subject to liquids near the mode dial .part # 147966811 for silver and 147966821 for black model..First reset camera by pushing reset switch should be around batt compartment and or memory stick area.
Dirty video head! Playback newly opened blank tape for five minutes, after that eject, reinsert, playback then eject again five times, these will serve as your video head cleaner, never use "video head cleaning cassette tape" for it will only damage your camera.
Most camera has built in video head cleaner installed inside and activates only when you insert, initial play/rec, and ejects a tape. If the problem is still there you need pro fix then.[:0)
That's dirty video head! Try to playback new tape for five minutes, do it for 2 to 3 times, this will serve as your videohead cleaner. eject then reinsert then playback, eject again for at least 3 to five times. most camera has a built in videohead cleaner that activates during eject, initial play and reinsert mode. you can even try to play the whole blank tape! thats 1 to 2 hours of playback! If the problem is still there after doing those things, you need pro fix then.
I have the same problem - 4 fast beeps and it turns off. My guess is that the lubricants are getting old and sticky - I had a Canon SLR that developed the same problem after being in the extreme cold. Here's a couple of things to try:
You can still access the picture review features by holding down the review button while you turn it on (note that if you hold down the trash button you'll see the firmware version.)
What doesn't work: Resetting the camera from the setting menu; replacing the battery, replacing the SD card, cursing.
I've been able to consistently get it to function normally by hitting the camera into the palm of my hand on the left side (with the viewing screen facing you), just after turning on the camera. If this doesn't work, keep hitting harder until it works. Once on the camera works normally.
Dirty video head! Playback newly opened blank tape for
five minutes, after that eject, reinsert, playback
then eject again five times, these will serve as your
video head cleaner, never use "video head cleaning
cassette tape" for it will only damage your camera.
Most camera has built in video head cleaner
installed inside and activates only when you insert,
initial play/rec, and ejects a tape. If the problem is
still there you need pro fix then.[:0)
Is the lens sticking out at all? does it look square to the body? the front has a square opening is it square with the rest of the camera? Some times a weak battery can cause this or debris in the gears of the mechanism. Sometimes tapping on the unit while powering it on can free the lens and it will function. Sometimes a fresh charged battery will also work. It sometimes can take a bit of power to get it over the jam. Have you dropped it or banged it recently? have you shot in a dusty enviornment latley? sand, dust wind? these conditions can cause problems.