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RYGAR Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Year : 1991
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This past weekend I noticed that I had some corruption on a few parts of my videos. I have the Sony HC30-- but I know it's similar to most sony cams out there...

When I first turned the camera on with a tape in (without recording) I could see the picture was corrupt...yellow blotchy parts where light would be in the top half of the screen... Then It disappeared and occasionally would happen during the first ITA race.

Then during my second race (SMT), it surprisingly seemed to better. Only a few flashes here and there, but not for a minute at a time like the first race. I'm assuming it's not the tape as I used 2 different tapes, and the pop-out viewer showed the corruption before I ever hit record.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, does it ever go away, or get better? Do you think it's dirty? Anyway to clean it? Again, I have a tape head cleaner, but it seems to be in the lens, not the tape.. I can break out the compressor and blast it, but that may not be a good idea...

Is this camera on it's way out? I know it's not worth paying a couple hundred dollars to repair...

I believe I have about 10 races on this camera and I mount it to the I/O port camera mount. I'm wondering if I need to add some padding or something around the camera to keep the vibration levels down.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
-Ryan

PS: It was also about 90-95 degrees out, but I never kept it in direct sun I kept it in the shade...

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Steve Holifield Verified Driver
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Does it display the same way when you watch it at home on a TV screen? Is the problem with the tape or the display? The LCD's don't do well in the heat. I had a problem with my camera's screen this weekend, but it was fine when it cooled.

Steve

RYGAR Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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yeah, it showed up on the flip screen without recording, then it recorded the corruption and played on my TV at home showing the corruption as well. And it wasn't like I'd hit a rumblestrip and it would happen... it was really random... on the straights, etc..

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wheel Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Was it a lens flare from a bounce of light into the lens? Could also be a glitch in the chip from vibration.

RYGAR Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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quote:
Originally posted by wheel:
Was it a lens flare from a bounce of light into the lens? Could also be a glitch in the chip from vibration.

I don't know... I'll try to get a picture of what it looks like... The yellow "blur" literally comes from the top of the screen and goes to the dashboard on my in-car...it goes down TO the rear view mirror, then it mysteriously doesn't go over the mirror and there is a "clear window" below the mirror... it's like a bad 80's music video... I think it has to with the light. But the camera got better in the second race. I'll play around with it the next couple of weeks and see how it works in cooler temps...

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Kent Carter Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Car #: 91
Year : 1991
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Ryan,

Go through the menus and make sure you don't have a low light setting selected. Point the camera into bright light (light bulb) and see what it does. It sounds like overload of the CCD. It's possible that the iris or the motor that controls it is going bad, but I'd thoroughly go through the menus before I buried it in the back yard.

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Dusty Bottoms Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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So this blur looks "analog" or "digital"

Any chance you have moisture between lenses (do you have a wide angle lens)

FWIW I have an HC20 and I can race in it when it's 100F (much hotter in the car) with no problems.

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RYGAR Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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I have a wide angle lens on it...I can check under to see if there is moisture...there shouldn't be, but you never know... the yellow blur definitely looks "digital".

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