Question about Canon MV600 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Black Viewfinder & Screen.

This problem came on suddenly and only occours when recording. When switched to record mode, the viewfinder and the lcd screen is completely black as if the lenscap were still on. The screen information: Rec/Pause: W/S: Tape Remaining: etc. are all present but it only records complete darkness. Playback (of previously recorded material is perfect and I have tried all camera settings and new tapes to remedy the problem but to no avail. If anyone can help I would very grateful. Thank you.

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  • becn Feb 06, 2008

    happened suddenly, lens cap was off switched to record (camera) mode and nothing, black screen. I checked the cap, and tried recording. Sound recorded, but nothing. I was outside at the time, but when I went inside noticed that there were some visible images in negative (reverse mode).

  • zanteley May 26, 2008

    Cleaned with Head Cleaner screen clear for a about one second then black

    again no better.

  • philice May 31, 2008

    when you turn the mv600 on and get ready to record it is as if you still have the lens cover on. the screen is all black if you keep it on long enough it some times clear its self.

  • Anonymous Jul 02, 2008

    I have the same problem as described here. The problem came on suddenly, just after charging the battery which is now fully charged. I tried changing the tape and fiddling with menu settings but nothing helped. I can watch previously recorded material, but can only record darkness.

  • adsy16 Jul 05, 2008

    when i turn my canon vid camera on there is a black screen i cannot record ?why?

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Anonymous

GUEST! Do you happen to have their number handy? I am in Australia but going to the UK for a wedding - and I will be in Manchester - apparently 1 day by express post away from Plymcare Devon - and obviously, have the same problem (I totally blamed my clumsy friend for killing the camers - it just died in his hands - now I owe him a BIg apology!) :)

I'll check in again!

GG

Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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Thousands of us have had this problem with Canon MV600 camcorders, and now they have aknowledged there is a problem and are repairing them for free!! Get in touch with Plymcare, Marshall Road, Devon PL7 1YB (sorry didn't write their number down). Or just remove battery and tape and send it to them - you'll get it back within a week, working like new, totally free. Just got mine back and filmed my 5 1/2yr old for first time since it went off on her 3rd birthday!

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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When you zoom in and out is the lens moving, if its not then quite possibly the flex has come loose or its the mainboard, thats the only two things that can cause your problem. i am a canon repair tech for video and it should be sent in for service sorry.

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Normally there are two reasons for the given problem. 1). Bad or defective CCD. and/or 2). shutter not working. in the first case the only solution is the replacement of the CCD. and in the later case sticking of shutter blade, non functioning of shutter blade will cause the problem. This can be rectified by sending it to some repairer.

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