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Sony DCR-HC42 makes a buzzing sound

I just purchased the Sony DCR-HC42 Mini-DV Camcorder, and it makes a buzzing sound when a tape is in there and it is in Record mode, even when it's on standby. When I record the noise changes pitch, then goes back to the low buzz when back on standby. When I take the tape out, the noise stops altogether. I even tried two different tapes. Is this normal? I returned the first one and the replacement does the same thing, which is leading me to think maybe it's normal. I had an 8mm camcorder that just made noise when the tape was running. Thanks to anybody who can share some insight!

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Digital video drum cylinders spin twice as fast as your 8mm unit . this makes more noise

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I had the same problem with my TRV460 and the HC-40. It seems it's a motor noise that is 'normal'

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