20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-HC30E Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers


No Picture on the LCD screen or view finder

I Have Problem with DCR-HC30E Mini DV- There is no picure in LCD screen as i can see all my menu items and pre-recorded videos. when I try and record the screen is pitch black even though audio is recording.

Is anybody can help me to solve this problem
2/7/2022 4:32:07 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Feb 07, 2022

Touch Screen not responding to Touch

the flexwire cable is have an openline and that line is connected to the touch screen panel...it have to repaired or replace that flexwire to the service center....in our shop we modified that wire and became more durable than the original wire......:-)
11/15/2013 10:14:32 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 15, 2013

I want to install HC-30e software

i lost my picture package software cd plz help me i buy this produt in 2004 from doha city shopping mall doha qatar
10/1/2012 3:41:02 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Oct 01, 2012


You may download Sony software and/or order a copy of the original disc from here.
6/14/2012 10:12:30 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jun 14, 2012

My Sony HC40E won't show

Connections and accessories, yes. The problem with the black screen is the ccd assy, it needs to be replaced. Parts on hand to repair.
7/28/2011 10:43:50 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jul 28, 2011

Not compatible for windows vista

You can download the Vista Drivers from:

1/5/2011 12:08:27 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jan 05, 2011

How do i up load into a mac computer

There is a tutorial, manual and other downloads for your camera on this page.

This type of camera usually downloads better with a Firewire (DV) connection. Some mini-DV cameras only use the USB connection for stills (if they have one) and can only download video by Firewire. This is because you have to play the tape into the computer, not just copy a file.

Most PCs have a USB port, but no Firewire port. Macs often have a Firewire port but may not have USB.

Suitable Firewire (DV) cables can easily be found on Amazon or eBay. You will probably need the kind with a small (four pin) connector at one end and a larger (six pin) connector at the other.
11/11/2010 9:19:48 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 11, 2010

My mini DV Camcorder records

I'm sorry for problem in your Sony DCR-HC30E camcorder
It seems tape path track is misaligned in MiniDV mechanism that is why camcorder lose sound playback and does not show pictures of other tapes recorded by other camcorders because these tapes are recorded on right track and this camcorder tape path track is misaligned so unable to read data.
This is not user level repair because camcorder will take apart in detail and qualified camera tech will readjust tape playback path track or will replace MiniDV tape mechanism in camcorder if required.
Please check with local camera repair shop for this job.
Hope these info will hep you.
Let me know if you have additional question.
11/7/2010 2:16:32 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 07, 2010

Touch screen is not working

The most likely cause for this is a damaged or defective flexible ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the camera body and can be repaired 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.

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10/22/2010 4:12:23 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Oct 22, 2010

LCD TV go boom.

i have the same problem and no solution...
9/12/2010 9:33:58 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 12, 2010

I have sony dcr-hc30e -handi

If you need to transfer your files from this handycam to your computer, the first thing you will need is the usb data cable. This will let you transfer the files.

But in order for the computer to recognize your handycam it will need a special software or driver. This driver can be download from this site.
(to download: enter the verification code in the box and click Download. Wait for a few seconds to start downloading, if fails click the link)

Once completely downloaded install this driver to your computer.

You may need this user guide or manual for this. (In order to view this manual you will need and Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your system)

Connect the Handycam to the computer via usb data cable and let the computer read and found new hardware. Once a message appears " Your New Hardware Installed and Ready To Use appear" browse your explorer and look for the icon of the Handycam. Double click the icon and then you are ready for transfer.

Good luck.
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8/16/2010 5:35:25 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Aug 16, 2010

I wish to download mini tapes from my Sony

The name given to the Sony Corp. implementation of the IEEE 1394 standard. It's the 4-pin or 6-pin bi-directional digital cable link between your Sony camcorder products and devices such as your PC or digital television, for example. i.LINK is also called FireWire or IEE 1394.See also IEEE 1394.

iLink, simply means your FireWire Port on your PC.Use your Firewire Port, or get a USB to Firewire converter.

See link below.
8/4/2010 9:21:42 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Aug 04, 2010


The problem is the ribbon cable connecting the circuit board to the LCD display.It is not very hard to replace but I have no idead from where to buy it.The missing red color is just the beggining,now my LCD sometimes turn to white and I can't see anything on it.
7/13/2010 7:51:24 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jul 13, 2010

Cant use my sony dcr h30e because i'm using windows vista

Why do you need that **** software from Sony?If you have a firewire port on your computer and a firewire cable you can transfer your footage with Windows Movie Maker.In Movie Maker you can choose the DV-AVI option to preserve the full quality of your footage.Later you can use the DV-AVI in Virtual Dub/After Effects/Premiere for editing or encoding.
7/13/2010 7:44:08 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jul 13, 2010


I have the same problem with a DCR-HC45.The culprit is the ribbon between the circuit board and the LCD display,but my problem is worse,sometimes the screen turns white and I can't see anything on it.I have no idea from where to buy a replacement ribbon but I know how to replace it.
7/13/2010 7:31:25 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jul 13, 2010
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