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I have owned Sony's DCR HC30 for about 2 years now. In the last 2 months I noticed a clock "ticking" sound with the memorystick light flashing intermittently. Also the battery no longer charges on the camcorder, nor can I view the battery level on the screen. I searched the internet and found that numerous complaints have been lodged against Sony for this similar problem. Sony wants over $200 to fix the problem! That is more that 50% the cost of the camcorder itself! I was wondering if anyone else had this problem with a Sony minidv camcorder. I first thought it was a bad battery so I purchased a new one (not sony brand). It charged once and then did the same thing as my original battery. :mad: I can't believe I need to now buy a new camcorder :mad:

I don't think I will buy a Sony again :mad: Thoughts?

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I have owned Sony's DCR HC30 for about 2 years now. In the last 2 months I noticed a clock "ticking" sound with the memorystick light flashing intermittently. Also the battery no longer charges on the camcorder, nor can I view the battery level on the screen. I searched the internet and found that numerous complaints have been lodged against Sony for this similar problem. Sony wants over $200 to fix the problem! That is more that 50% the cost of the camcorder itself! I was wondering if anyone else had this problem with a Sony minidv camcorder. I first thought it was a bad battery so I purchased a new one (not sony brand). It charged once and then did the same thing as my original battery. :mad: I can't believe I need to now buy a new camcorder :mad:

I don't think I will buy a Sony again :mad: Thoughts?
This is a salesman speaking so you may question my viewpoint. In dealing with Sony camcorders for over 20 years, I've found them as a whole, to be the most reliable and most intuitive to use of all camcorders. There are reasons Sony sells more camcorders than any other manufacturer. There is a possibility for any of us to have a bad experience with a product and think that is the norm. Often it is not. Have you tried a different battery with your HC30. Is the ac adaptor still operating the camcorder on electricity?

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This is a salesman speaking so you may question my viewpoint. In dealing with Sony camcorders for over 20 years, I've found them as a whole, to be the most reliable and most intuitive to use of all camcorders. There are reasons Sony sells more camcorders than any other manufacturer. There is a possibility for any of us to have a bad experience with a product and think that is the norm. Often it is not. Have you tried a different battery with your HC30. Is the ac adaptor still operating the camcorder on electricity?

The AC adapter still powers the camcorder, it just won't charge the camcorder. I have tried a new battery and it does the same thing. on camcorderinfo.com there is a thread on this problem. It seems that the charging circuit within the camcorder is defective on some units. Here is the link: http://www.camcorderinfo.com/bbs/t107753.html

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