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Not able to record the image

I have a canon ZR85 camcorder... It is playing the existing video but I am not able to shoot any thing. No image is appearing on the screen. If I shoot just like that, audio is getting recorded but not video.. any suggestion. Thanks a lot in advance. Kotha

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  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    Same no video in record mode for my zr85 camera

    called 18008284040 no. and they offered to look at under service notice for same problem

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    My problem sounds very similar.  The screen is not black,  but seems to be very out of focus. It is just a blur.  You can play a video on it and it works fine.  But when you record you only record sound.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    My canon zr85 digital camcorder shows on screen movie is playing, shows on screen tape is playing, but no image on screen

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I have the same problem. Looks like Canon covers it regardless of your warranty status:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=227&modelid=9739&keycode=2112&id=29819

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I had this same problem. I bought a new battery and now the problem is gone.

Posted on Aug 07, 2007

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I had the same problem. Called Canon tech support @ 1-800-828-4040. Was told it is a problem caused by a chip going bad, and that Canon will repair my camcorder free of charge. They send you a couple of emails. You fill out the form, mail your camcorder off for the repair. You should get your ZR85 camera back in about two weeks.

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I had a similar thing happen to me...the video would not come one when I turned it on, but the audio would work, and it would play back tape fine. I happened upon the following solution (though I don't know how long it will last). I charged the camera, and then noticed it worked fine when the charger was plugged in. As soon as I unplugged it, the video would go black. So...I plugged it in, turned it to record, and unplugged it, and it worked! Almost like something got reset. I have no idea how long this will last, or if it means the battery is going...but, give it a try!

Posted on Jun 24, 2007

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