20 Most Recent Panasonic AG-DVC7 MiniDV Proline Camcorder Questions & Answers


  • Like all the old video recorders there are mechanical parts inside what need cleaning in high priority the parts that mechanical activate switches for the intake in the little microcontactsswitches and the most important of all are mechanical mode-select-switches where timing is an hot issue
  • The entire process is timed often gears are used, but sometimes also strings that can slip by age and or dirt, cleaning and contact cleaner and look for bad soldering.
  • Also check that the lens motor for the aperture setting is working properly, because everything concerns mechanical settings when that failure then stops the device. Also the zoom lens motor that are the first mechanical parts after the tape was lace in. all must exactly done in a special short timing.
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Panasonic... • Answered on Apr 23, 2017


check beneath the fold-out LCD screen.

Panasonic... • Answered on Feb 15, 2015


I take the cover off the door, using the eraser as the end of a pencil - lightly press on the recording head (drum). Put a tape in and watch to see if the tape now wraps around the head and stays in position to record.

Panasonic... • Answered on Sep 17, 2011


This is usually caused by an oxidized, misaligned or defective Audio/Video drum. You can try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be serviced by a qualified service technician.

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Panasonic... • Answered on Sep 15, 2011


Tape mechanism problems can be quite complicated. This will require disassembling the camera to repair and can usually be done 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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Panasonic... • Answered on Sep 15, 2011


I'm not a technician, but we just sent our AG-DVC7 to a repair shop. For $45.00 they told me the CCD Unit and the CCD board were bad. they wanted $250.00 for parts alone. The camera is 8 yrs. old and I don't see a $400-500 repair as a good investment, as the new unit is only $1000.00

Panasonic... • Answered on Dec 08, 2010


try Enhanced View Services 305-971-2916

Panasonic... • Answered on Jun 15, 2010


Yes, I've popped the whole thing apart and the lens is very, very tiny under all that plastic... like a handheld camcorder lens. There appears to be no adjustment options on it... but I'm also afraid to open it beyond where I'm at. I'll continue to investigate and let you know if I come across a solution. I don't mind so much if I damage the lens as the whole cam is already holding on by a thread.

Panasonic... • Answered on Apr 28, 2010


Bad power switch... very, very common with the DVC7 and DVC15. Get the power switch/recorder button assembly replaced and hopefully you won't have the problem again until the new one decides to act up.

Panasonic... • Answered on Apr 28, 2010


the dvc20 performs a self-test routine which includes testing the operation of the mechanical deck. if one or more tests fail, the "press reset" comes up. most common problem is a poor connection to one or more motors in the deck; oxidation or dirty connectors causes this.

Panasonic... • Answered on Feb 25, 2010


the knob for the eject button has broken internally. replacement involves almost complete disassembly of the camera.

Panasonic... • Answered on Nov 12, 2009


most likely problem is poor connection on the ribbon cable from the video head to the board.

Panasonic... • Answered on Sep 24, 2009


Panasonic lists video heads for the AG-DVC7 at about $250.00. p/n VEG1576.

Panasonic... • Answered on Apr 09, 2009


I've had this happen with a Panasonic when I went back out into the cold after going into a warm, humid cafe for lunch. The drum had picked up some condensation, but the condensation detector didn't shut down the camera.

Panasonic... • Answered on Apr 03, 2009


Actually I got it done this evening when I got home. I carefully started pulling screws that appeared to hold the left case side on, and I got lucky and got all the correct ones on the first try. After removing and reseating all of the ribbon cables the camera works perfectly again!

Panasonic... • Answered on Jul 24, 2008


Sounds like the cleaning job wasn't good enough to get all the dirt. Try a Panasonic cleaning tape; if that doesn't work, find a local repair shop to do a good hand cleaning.

Panasonic... • Answered on Nov 19, 2007


Most likely the flex cable connection to the video head is dirty. A good repair shop will be able to handle this.

Panasonic... • Answered on Jun 27, 2007

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