Panasonic Camcorder Troubleshooting Tips

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Panasonic Camcorder Troubleshooting Tips
There are a number of different ways to troubleshoot a Panasonic camcorder. (lens on camcorder image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Panasonic makes a number of different electronic devices, including televisions, speakers and camcorders, with models for both home and professional use. Like all electronic devices, camcorders sometimes malfunction. There are a number of different troubleshooting tips which can help diagnose problems the camera experiences.

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Make Sure Batteries Work

One of the main problems you may experience with a Panasonic camcorder is that the batteries have gone bad and lost their charge. Remove the batteries from the camera and see if they will charge on the Panasonic charger. After they have charged for at least 10 to 15 minutes, insert the batteries back into the camera. If no response is experienced on its digital data screens and it won't turn on, then the batteries are likely to be bad and should be replaced. If the camera is still not working with new batteries, then something else is going wrong internally with the camera.

Tape Deck Testing and Cleaning

Video recording issues are another common problem, as the frequent opening and closing of the tape deck can lead to mechanical problems within the camera, and also allow dirt and other foreign objects to get inside of it. This can cause the tape inside the camera to not record properly, record at lower quality or not record at all. Test this by inserting a tape and shooting a minute or so of footage. Watch the tape as it spins. Is it spinning on the heads inside the camera? If it is not spinning, that means there is an internal mechanical problem. If it is spinning but not recording, there could be an internal problem in the camera, or there may be something wrong with the tape itself. If it is recording but there are problems with the recording such as glitches in the footage, it could mean the heads of the Panasonic camcorder are dirty and should be cleaned using a tape cleaner, which can be purchased at most camera stores.

Resetting Camcorder

Sometimes constantly blurry images, bad lighting or general malfunctions in the camera are due to a combination of things which have been changed in the camera over the course of the time it has been used. One good way to see if that is causing your problems is to restore the factory settings on the camera itself. This can usually be done by turning off the camera, unplugging it and removing the battery, and then turning on the power switch and holding the power or record button for at least 15 seconds. After completing this, put the battery back into the camera and turn it back on. This process varies from one Panasonic camera to another, so look in your manual for exact instructions for resetting.

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