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JVC GR-DF430AA Mini DV camera isn't working

When i turn the camera on and prepare to film something, the skreen stays black and says that the lens cap is on, but it's not. Iv'e had the same problem before and I had it repaired for something like two hundred dollars and it worked for a short period before buggered up again and said that the lens cap is on, but again it's not. Any idais what the problem might be?

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  • johnny6 Dec 15, 2007

    i have the gr-fx15ek and when i switch it to look through the view finder all i get is pause on the screen after that the remove lens cap shows.the play back works fine but i cannot see anything through the view finder to record.

  • michael1435 Dec 21, 2007

    i bought this product JVC GRD 50K camcoder when i was in japan dec2003. after less than a year without using it much it goes black and says to monitor that i had to take out the lense which actually not attched. the problem now is i cant use it anymore!

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    I have thesame problem. Have had it fixed once but it has recurred

  • davidfoenand Jun 23, 2008

    Ive had the same oroblem lens cap on. Told it was a optical box problem
    took it to the JVC repairers and it was repaired free under warrenty camera is several years old

  • Chris Voris
    Chris Voris Jul 21, 2008

    I have the same problem with my gr-d250u.



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Seems to be a known problem with a report on JVC website: Might be fixed if within one year of warranty ending and you still have a receipt. Something to do with a faulty CCD unit which needs replacing.

Posted on Mar 07, 2007


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Audio drop out and/or static sound Thanks to anyone who has taken a look at my issue with audio cutting out. JVC has always been a brand I have confidence in, and I believe I picked this camera up when those recording to an internal hard drive were out of my range. Last summer, I received a fantastic deal on some JVC Evarios, so GR-D250 duo would be used only as back-up, BUT, I have a ton of old Mini DV tapes -- never recorded over anything. I would find the heads needing cleaning solution highly unlikely. The first 250 recorded the bulk of those 150 or Mini DV's and worked like a champ. Because of legal depositions for lawyers and like, who may not want for me to call time-out in a deposition to switch tapes and the fact that eventually my first was going to give out, having a back-up and eventually multiple seemed like the thing to do. Having a couple of friends film some sports events I could my mix radio play-by-play I could with dual camera angles was cool. This same-year model second buy had sat in storage; The original tape the who sold it to me with 10 minutes of footage came with it. I could tell the battery was so much stronger after a full charge than my old one, but this newer D250 has maybe had 1/10 the recording time as my original. Whether listening to the camera speakers, piping the sound from the rear A/V jack or importing via firewire, it's the same. The video may not be perfect and may "spark" or "flicker" in unison with the audio that drops out,but not always. At times, the video seems just fine but the audio drop-out is akin to a loop and I could probably time it, which was what I termed as cyclical. Could one of my friends have dropped it or tipped over a tripod and not told me? Sure, but I would think they would have told me. One night, follow some high school hoops I was importing, excited at the prospects of some two camera angles mixing. Thought I may have had a bad tape, but ruled that out right away through trying multiple tapes in bother cameras. Apologies for my loquacious follow-up; I suppose if worse comes to worse, I could check eBay for a secondhand model. I've "misplaced" my original, but it will turn up; it's simply a matter of desiring to import all that footage, since 2008, with superior editing software and skill than what I possessed when doing so initially. Thanks so much!

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