Question about Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I was having the same problem. here's the solution that worked for me - should do it for you as long as your camera stays on long enough. 1. Take out the tape - mine stayed on longer (without blinking) when the tape was not in. 2. press the menu button (near the viewfinder) 3. Use he wheel on top next to the viewfinderto scroll through the choices 4. Choose "display setup" by pushing the wheel in 5. Choose "C. Rest" by pushing the wheel in 6. Turn camera off 7. Next time you turn camera on you should be able to view tapes and record. hope that helps!
Posted on Nov 01, 2006
I have the same palmcorder, model DV53D and have had the blinking red light problem 2 different times. The first time I was able to use the menu reset solution listed on this page and it worked. The second time it happened I had been recording with the palmcorder when the battery died. I took the battery off, recharged it, and put it back on but the timing of something was off and the blinking red light was back. I tried to reset a hundred different ways but nothing worked. I finally got some help from another online source that advised me to plug the unit into the ac adapter to make sure I was getting enough juice and to then try reseting from the menu and then putting in a brand new tape in camera mode. It worked.
Ultimately the blinking red light does have something to do with a tape being too tightly wound and I think the combo of using a new tape and the ac adapter got it working again. I was able to put the other tape back in and it's up and running again.
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
The answer to this issue is the fact that the tape is wound too tightly. The blinking red light is saying, "if I apply force to the tape that is not moving, either the tape pops, or the motor goes, if the tape is too tough" What I did, was remove the tape, flipped the lid back. Pulled some excess tape out. Took a palm stylus (or similar shaped stick) and held down the tab in the center of the back of the tape. I then took the erase end of a pencil, and began to turn the tape reel by hand. I then stopped, and stuck my stylus in the center hole (between the 2 spools) a few more times, to make sure it wasnt stuck any way. When I put the tape back in, I turned the power on and no more blinking.
Posted on Aug 28, 2008
I tried the solutions and sadly they didnt work. So I have decided to use it as a webcam. does anyone know how to keep this camera from automaticaly shutting off. Thanks
Posted on Jul 02, 2010
I have had the same problem now three times. I bought a warranty through mack camera, and each time I sent it back they said they replaced the tape deck mechanism.
Posted on Jan 26, 2008
I have the same problem. I took mine apart and looked at the tape mechanism. Looks like one of the little motors are acting up. Works fine for a while. Then acts up again after 20 tape ejects or so then blinks it's red flashes of death. They must have went too cheap on the motors. If I figure out a cheap fix I'll post it for ya =/.
Posted on Feb 04, 2008
I did have a similar problem as above, and has not been able to use the camera for a long time as power turns itself off in less than 2 mins. I tried the solution #3 (by labber) above. which i have copied and pasted below .
1. Take out the tape - mine stayed on longer (without blinking) when the tape was not in.
2. press the menu button (near the viewfinder)
3. Use he wheel on top next to the viewfinderto scroll through the choices
4. Choose "display setup" by pushing the wheel in
5. Choose "C. Rest" by pushing the wheel in
6. Turn camera off
7. Next time you turn camera on you should be able to view tapes and record.
IT DID NOT WORK THE FISRT TIME SO I PUT MY FINGER IN TO TRY TO GENTLY PUSH BUTTON WHEN I TOOK THE TAPE OFF AND THEN TRIED SOLUTION ABOVE AGAIN, AND THIS TIME, IT WORKED. BUT PLEASE DONT INSERT YOUR FINGERS IN AS I DID TRY THE SOLUTION 2 OR THREE TIME IT SHOULD BE OK, HOPE THIS WORKS FOR YOU,
Posted on Jan 05, 2008
My camera did this like 3 years ago and I never did any research to fix it until now...going into the menu and resetting the display thing worked...yoiu just saved me 500 dollars...thanks a bunch
Posted on Dec 01, 2007
My wife's camera developed the same problem, and I tried the menu solution. It worked!! Thanks, all!
Posted on Nov 15, 2007
I tried all this but the only thing worked was to remove the tape, leave cam ON and then put the tape back and turn recording on. It worked.
Posted on Jun 10, 2007
My pv-dv53 did the same thing. now it's fine i don't understand. seems like there may have been an unregistered dew problem. maybe it dried itself out? good luck
Posted on May 15, 2007
Mine was doing the same thing. It wouldn't play any tapes. I stuck my finger in the tape path and moved all the metal and rubber rollers to see if they were free, which they seemed to be. After I tried it again, it is working. I don't know if it will help, but it is worth a try. Panasonic wants $261 to repair it, which is more than some newer ones. Maybe you will get lucky too, otherwise it is just a paperweight.
Posted on Jan 22, 2007
The solution posted didn't work for me, I have the same problem. Did you find another one or did this one work for you?
Posted on Jan 19, 2007
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