Canon Optura 100MC Troubleshooting
- Camcorder won't turn on
- Tape won't eject
- Tape is being eaten
- Battery will not hold a charge
- Zoom does not work
- Playback has noise or a blank screen
- "Remove the Cassette" warning appears
No matter what you do, your camcorder won't turn on.
Make sure the switch is in the on position. The camcorder's on/off switch needs to be turned to on.
If the on/off switch is on and the camcorder still is not powered up then check if the battery is in the camcorder. Without a power source, the camcorder cannot turn on. The battery may either be loose in its compartment or missing completely. If you see that the battery is inside its compartment, try removing the battery then placing it back in.
If you have tried all of the above and your camcorder still will not turn on then the battery may need to be charged. If the battery is out of power, allow it to charge for 4-6 hours before replacing it in the camcorder.
If you have tried everything else and the camcorder still is not working then you have a dead battery and it needs to be replaced. You can replace it with a TechFuel BP-511_43 rechargeable battery.
The tape that is inside of the camcorder cannot be ejected.
Make sure that the power is on and the battery is charged. If the camcorder does not have power then the motor that opens the tape compartment will no work.
If the camera is on and the compartment housing the tape will not open, the motor may need to be replaced. The motor has either been burnt out or has an internal jam. Either way the motor will need to be replaced if you want your tape to eject.
The camcorder won't release the tape that is in the deck.
The feed rollers may be dirty and not running smoothly. If there is dirty or any other foreign substance on the feed rollers then they will not grasp the tape correctly. This may cause the rollers to tear the tape. Clean the rollers with a q-tip to prevent this. Do NOT use water or any liquid to clean inside the device.
If cleaning the feed rollers does not solve the tape-eating problem, they are most likely worn down and need replacing. A worn down feed roller will not be able to turn the tape correctly, which can result in a back-up of the tape.
Camcorder functions only when plugged in.
If the camcorder works when plugged into the socket but turns off when unplugged, then the battery is dead and must be replaced. In this case the socket, not the battery, is providing all the power to the camcorder. The battery has either been burnt out or damaged in some other way. Either way there is no way to fix it so it needs to be replaced.
The camera cannot zoom properly or at all.
Check to make sure that the camera is on a setting capable of the zoom function. If it is not then change the setting to one that is able to zoom.
If the camcorder is on a setting that allows you to zoom but it is still not zooming, then the zoom toggle may have been disconnected. If this happens, the connection needs to be reestablished or the switch may need replacing. You will not be able to tell which it is until you are inside the camcorder.
If the switch has just been disconnected then reconnect it.
If the switch is broken or not functioning then it will need to be replaced.
The screen shows graininess or nothing at all.
If there is no memory card or tape in the camcorder, the screen will appear blue. The camcorder will not be able to record anything without a place to store the information. Insert the correct memory card or tape and continue filming.
If video appears grainy or noisy, then the video head is most likely dirty. It should be gently cleaned with a cotton ball and a small amount of water.
If the camera is on but the screen remains black, then there is something wrong with the LCD screen. The LCD is not showing the proper image because it has been damaged internally in some way. The LCD screen will need to be replaced.
The camcorder has stopped working and it is advising you to remove the cassette.
The camcorder may not be able to read the tape correctly. Try replacing the tape with a new one and continue filming.
If the camcorder detects condensation it will stop working as a safety percaution. Take out the tape and allow an hour for it to dry before use. In extreme cases the condensation may have ruined the tape. After letting the camcorder dry out, try replacing the tape with a new one.
If the camcorder has recently been dropped or has hit a hard surface then the tape drive may have been misaligned. First try taking out the tape and replacing it with a new one. If that doesnt work you may have to fix or replace a drive component.