20 Most Recent Canon ZR80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers


Have you charged your battery?

Your battery may need to be replaced. Radio Shack carries them for about $20 - $30 a piece depending on how long the life is in them.

I carry a few for my camcorder just for that reason. Then you will have a backup source.

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Sep 25, 2013


In the first half of October, 2005, a number of digital camera and camcorder manufacturers issued service advisories involving a range of digital camera models (as well as some digital camcorders and PDAs that incorporate image sensors). In each case, the story was similar - CCD (image sensor) failures, particularly in conditions of high heat and humidity, led to cameras capturing images with either no picture at all, or with extreme distortion and severe purple or green color casts. An example of the latter symptom, courtesy of the Konica Minolta Europe website, can be seen further down this page. We first started hearing about this problem in late September and early October, 2005, with a significant increase in reader emails about it in the first week of October. The problem understandably caused considerable concern among our readers, with many wondering whether this was an ongoing problem that could affect current cameras. Initial service advisories by Sony, Canon, Fujifilm and Konica Minolta were soon followed by announcements by Nikon, Ricoh, and Olympus. Affected cameras were all manufactured between 2002 and 2004, the underlying problems have apparently been found and corrected, so no cameras currently on the market are affected. (We are assured by sources that new cameras purchased today will not be affected by this problem. See the "What caused this problem" section at the bottom of this document, for a more detailed discussion of possible causes.) We here at Imaging Resource did a little digging into the problem, and it appears that the problems trace to certain models of image sensor chips manufactured by Sony between 2002 and 2004. (Fujifilm has stated that they manufacture their own CCD chips, so it's not clear whether or not the problems with their cameras are in fact related to those of the other makers.) The problem can take any of several forms, but all involve severe color shifts and/or severe distortions of the image. The images below show two examples (courtesy of Konica Minolta) of what the problem might look like, if your camera falls prey to it. In the early stages of the problem, the camera may still capture recognizable images, but with a washed-out appearance and a strong magenta or green tint What products may be affected? Quite a number of products may develop this problem, including digital cameras, camcorders, and even PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) that incorporate an image sensor. The following is a list of affected models by various manufacturers that we are presently aware of. We will update this list as new information becomes available. We recommend that you check the site regularly for this and other breaking news. Here are lists of the affected products, grouped by manufacturer: Canon Digital Cameras Camcorders PowerShot A60 PowerShot A70 PowerShot A75 PowerShot A300 PowerShot A310 PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS V3 / IXY D320 PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS II / IXY Digital 30 PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH / Digital IXUS IIs / IXY Digital 30a Additional digital cameras added in the fall of 2006 to the original service advisory by Canon include the following, all of which went on sale starting from 2002 to 2004, depending on the specific model: PowerShot A40 PowerShot A80 PowerShot A85 PowerShot A95 PowerShot S1 IS PowerShot S60 PowerShot S200 DIGITAL ELPH / DIGITAL IXUS V2 / IXY DIGITAL 200a PowerShot S330 DIGITAL ELPH / DIGITAL IXUS 330 / IXY DIGITAL 300a PowerShot S400 DIGITAL ELPH / DIGITAL IXUS 400 / IXY DIGITAL 400 PowerShot S410 DIGITAL ELPH / DIGITAL IXUS 430 / IXY DIGITAL 450 PowerShot S500 DIGITAL ELPH / DIGITAL IXUS 500 / IXY DIGITAL 500 (including White Limited version) MV600i MV630i MV650i MV700i MV730i MV750i MV5i MV5i MC MV6i MC ZR60 ZR65 MC ZR70 MC ZR80 ZR85 ZR90 Elura 40 MC Elura 50 According to the updated advisory, available on the company's US website (as well as other regional Canon websites), the additional eleven digital camera models shown above in red may now be eligible for free service regardless of warranty status, should any malfunction be caused by the CCD sensor. For repair instructions, visit the Canon USA support website. To read the specific service advisory for your model, use the pulldown menus to browse for your specific model, or simply type the model number into the box provided at the bottom of the page and click the "Search" button. The Canon support website holds no forms or other needed documents, so you can save yourself some time (if you live in the US or Puerto Rico) by just calling the Canon Customer Support line at 1-800-828-4040. Support hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 12 midnight, and Saturday from 10am-8pm. (All times EST.) Alternately, you can send email to: carecenter@cits.canon.com.

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Nov 02, 2012


This can be caused by several problems including the transmission gear in the tape mechanism not engaging properly, a defective clutch in the take-up spool or a faulty rotary mode switch. This will require disassembling the camera to repair and can be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not really a user serviceable problem and should be repaired by a qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


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Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Sep 03, 2011


What I am gonna say to you it may seam a little strange ..I had and heard about issues with non aligned head before ..and specially with canon camcorders..Just remove batteries..and tape ....close all lids..and after that smack it firmly ..on a side..a few times..After that insert the batteries..and try to see the results ..The issue is some kinda alignment on the video head or the carriage ...and it is strange ..but this is supposed to work .. (Even if it works ..the issue will came back to bother you from time to time ..)
pay attention not to smack it too hard ..just with all the palm ..so the area to be wide..and not create damages..and not to have any buttons in the way ..

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Aug 28, 2011


My SONY CCD-TRV57E isn't recording or any function.seem to be working. Bty ok. In view finder I'm getting "SP C:31:22" also a symbol like and inverted coathanger with a line thru it and a + sign on top.

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Jul 21, 2011


This is usually caused by a failed component in the power circuit within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


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Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Mar 25, 2011


If he tape will not Eject from the camera you would be best to consult an Authorised Dealer.

Al

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Feb 07, 2011


This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


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Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Jan 31, 2011


This is usually caused by a failed component in the power circuit within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


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Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Jan 25, 2011


You can download the manual (and more) from the manufacturer's web site at
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/camcorders/minidv_camcorders/zr80#BrochuresAndManuals

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Jan 13, 2011


What you're seeing is probably a fungus and can be removed but it will require disassembly. This can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


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Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Dec 28, 2010


it depends on the mode it presents itself and the age and so ...I managed to find one on ebay ..and the price its $100 but it may have some issues..and this is why it is so cheap there ..
the real price will be about 200 if it is in good condition..

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Dec 24, 2010


Sounds like the battery is wore out. I would take out the old battery and go to best0buy, radio-shack, or fry's electronics if possible to find a replacement. Just be careful about what battery you get. Make sure that
1) it has the exact same voltage and wattage output as the original.
2) it is the exact same size and shape as the original....after all it would be foolish to get one, take it home, only to realize that the darn thing is shaped different than your roiginal.
3) if at all possible, get one that is the same brand as the onr you have originally...it will be the best candidate as far as compatability

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Dec 02, 2010



This is usually caused by a failed component in the power circuit within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Nov 10, 2010


Tape mechanism problems can be quite complicated but they can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be diagnosed by a qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


If this response has been of any help to you, please be sure and give a positive vote for me on FixYa.com .

Canon ZR80 Mini... | Answered on Oct 25, 2010

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