Everything is functioning ok on the camera, but I cannot get the tape to eject all the way out. The tape comes about a third to a half way out, stops, then retracts backinto the camera. Any suggestions?
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Re: tape ejects a third of the way and stops
I believe that you have a problem where the tape is not being taken completely back into the cassette housing. Either the tape is bad and jammed or the idler is slipping. As it starts to eject pressure is put on the eject mechanism and it stops and reverses (as it is suppose to) to keep from damaging the camcorder. Unless you are familiar with camcorder repair you could do more harm than good forcing the unit open or trying to get the tape out. You should take it to a repair shop and let an expert take care of it. It shouldn't cost much to remove the tape and check for damage. Perhaps $50 to $100 US. Good luck.
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Its better if you get it serviced by an authorized service center,If its not in warranty then try for any local mechanic.If you try to manually open it there is a very possible chance of any kind of damage.
It could be a couple of different issues. These things could help.
(1) Power OFF the camera, remove battery then replace the battery, power up the cam and try to eject tape again. Nothing? try...
(2) Gently press inward on the tape cover with both thumbs a few times. Then, while pressing gently inward with one hand, press the release/eject-tape function until you hear a click or release sound. Then, if it doesn't open automatically, gently "help" open the hatch.
If it remains stuck, after follwing these steps a few times it would be my guess that perhaps the camera has been dropped in a way that jammed the mechanism controlling the eject function.
TIPS that may prevent having eject problems: When loading tape, be sure to insert the tape correctly and slowly, makeing sure the tape is placed properly. Gently press on the specific location indicated to close the tape holder, and wait for the tape to "seat" properly before closing any other part of the tape cover or hatch mechanism. Taking a few extra seconds when loading the tape can save extended frustration later.
Tape mechanism problems are quite complicated but theycan usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be diagnosed by a qualified service technician.
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while the eject process is trying to happen remove the battery and replace it. keep initiating the eject process and removing the battery and it should finally eject. If you attempt to use the camera again put in a new tape so you don't lose a tape that contains footage you may want to save.
If you open the eject thingy like normal then look for a small white plastic tap. its located right underneath the "start/stop" text you see on the back end of the camera (where the record-button is). You´ll need something like a small screwdriver or similar. Press it and and the tape ejects like normal. Worked for me. Saved me the repair bill :)
Defective mechanism, a stucked mechanism is present. camcorder are smart it can detects error and shuts down itself for safety. earlier models dominoes the defect if the user is not quick enough to react when something goes wrong with the camera. You need professional service to fix it.