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No picture after not using my ZR80 for over a year now, I can not see anything through the lens. Everything is clean and seems to be working fine except it doesn't show me what i'm looking at or display anything on the screen. If i hit record it records sound and black as the video. What could be causing this?

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  • Ransley Nov 02, 2007

    Same thing with my canon zr80. I haven't used it in like a year and when I tried to use it recently I get a black screen. everything seems functional except for the black

  • tnutz004 Nov 06, 2007

    I have the same problem. I have had this camera for about two years and it was working fine at the beginning of the year. Now I can only get audio when I record. Have you found the problem?

  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    my zr80 will only record audio. it will not record video

  • lummidee2002 Dec 13, 2007

    Hi! I have the same problem. I have had this camera
    for about two years and it was working fine at the beginning of the
    year. Now I can only get audio when I record. Didnt use camera too much.Have you found the

  • fontesrj Dec 14, 2007

    Black screen with sound. can playback already filmed tape in vcr mode.

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    I am having the same problem with my ZR80. When I record I don't see a picture in the screen and it records black. please help me fix this problem. I've tried playing with the menu buttons, but I haven't gotten any results.

  • rjberkey Dec 20, 2007

    Same only, no video. Worked fine earlier in the summer and then the black screen and nothing in the viewfinder this Fall.

    Previously recorded video plays back just fine - both on the camera as well as when connected to the tv.

    Canon is taking a look at ours free of charge but told my wife over the phone that it did not sound like this was the CCD sensor (because we could play back older video ok?)...I am not convinced and this forum tells me this is a common defect that Canon hopefully will accept responsibility for.

  • jaymulford Dec 26, 2007

    Great little camcorder and I love Canon products, but disappointed... The unit seems to function properly. In playback mode, video and audio playback works just fine. In camera mode, image finder and LCD display both operate and show status messages (e.g., battery, mode, date, etc.), but, no image is displayed. Record seems to work, but only records audio, no video.

  • avensislive Jan 06, 2008

    Hi, i am having the same problem as mentioned above except mine is a canon mv700i, although this may be the same model but just a different name. My problem is everything works except i have no picture when in camera mode. In play mode everything is fine i can watch previous recordings...

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    This is a manufacturing problem & if you call Canon, they will repair it for you.

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  • sheree5611 Mar 03, 2008

    I have a Sony handycam, professional model - turn it on and instead of landscape, all you see is lime green.

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2008

    Same issue, everything works great and when recording I get sound and displays but no picture.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2008

    I'm having the exact same issue! Frustrating!

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2008

    Call 1-800-828-4040.....there is a defective chip that needs to be replaced and Canon will fix it for free. They even sent me free shipping lables as well....

  • kuiporng Mar 14, 2008

    I got the same problem when using it as camera, but when using it as video to play it is working

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2008

    Mine was working fine then it sat for a couple of month. Then went to use it again. and the the little LED was blank and when I looked throught the viewfinder it was all black with streaks of white coming in from the left side. When I changed tape it worked for a minute then went back to the blackness. Will give Canon a call

  • Tita86 Mar 17, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my Canon ZR80, i called the 800-828-4040 number and, a representative explained to me that this is happening to all the Canon ZR80 it is a defective chip. They have all gone down. They told me to send it in and they will be taking care of the problem at no cost, as long as the camera has not been damaged or dropped. Make sure to remove your Batt, and and tape in the camera before you send it back.

  • David Hopkins
    David Hopkins May 15, 2008

    Same exact thing, just adding a "Me Too" so that the count will go up.. I just called Canon support and they are sending (email) me all of the information on getting it fixed. Also said that we should have it back in 7 to 10 days. Sweet. Dave

  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

    me too

  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    Got the same exact problem. Calling Canon now.

  • thewatcher May 21, 2008

    I''d spend the entire morning looking for a camcorder repair place near me, until I stumbled upon this post. My fault for not searching for my model first. I have the EXACT same problem, and thought I somehow damaged on a plane ride. Obviously that's not the case. I'll be shipping mine back tout suite. Thanks!

  • DanimalMN Jun 17, 2008

    Wholly **** thanks for all of these good posts! I was having this same problem after not using it for 6 months. Standard repair was $150.00 and I was thinking of just getting a new camcorder instead of repairing it.

    I then did a little research and found this awesome site. Called the 800 # suggested below and they are going to fix it for free!

    Thanks for posting the 800# and having the tech number available for us searchers.

  • Anonymous Jul 07, 2008

    i have the same problem. everything appears to work fine including playback of already recorded material. but the video camera shows a black screen when recording new material. sound is okay but black screen.

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2008

    I have the same problem.. no pictures during recording. wen warms up som times its work.

  • jgunice Sep 22, 2008

    I get no picture when filming video. The screen goes black.

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    About a month ago, my ZR80 suddenly went blank. Just like the other posts. I've now contacted Canon through this website's number and hopefully will get it fixed for free! Thanks!

  • trivia58 Nov 16, 2008

    Same problem. It records, but no picture, just blackness.

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    same same

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    no display on lense

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    Thank you for posting the info! I have the same problem and contacted Canon.

    I called the number, they walked me through a few steps to see if it was another problem, it was not, and so they sent me a form and the UPS shipping label to send in my camcorder, they are fixing it for free!!!

  • dondsne Feb 20, 2009

    same problem with my mv5i, blank screen (stripes across screen when problem first occured) when recording but playback works fine. so glad i found this site!!!! cheers



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Fantastic service including shipping Call 1-800-828-4040. Glad I found this site.

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I called Canon Support on 11-02-12 about the black screen chip failure and spoke to one of their Support Reps. His reply was simply Canon no longer supports this model ZR80 and he turned me over to a Canon Loyalty Representative. Only option now available is to select another camera and the would provide a discount and free shipping to return the problem ZR80. to their Recycle Program

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Call 1-800-828-4040.....there is a defective chip that needs to be replaced and Canon will fix it for free. They even sent me free shipping lables as well....

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Yes, this was exactly the problem. Thanks for posting this information. Canon repaired my ZR80 camcorder at no charge.

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Ccd imager is bad contact canon

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