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Handheld and shoulder mount versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


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Old February 28th, 2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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Hours meter and batteries

Hi, has anyone experienced the hours meter nor countng properly?

Also if so, what is the fix.


And my Sony batteries (970s)have all been reading full, then not more than 20-30 minutes they drop to 100 minutes, then boom, their dead.

His has happened the last 2 weeks, I drained the batteries to reset the memory, and nearly 75% of 12 970 batteries are all failing in my z7u and fx1.

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Old February 28th, 2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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Either the charger is bad or these batteries have dropped a cell. Sounds unlikely they've all dropped a cell at the same timebut as we all know anything can happen.

Can you charge 1 battery on the camera and see what effect that has. If it holds the charge then it's the charger, if it still doesn't hold the charge, it's the batteries.

Don't know about the hours meter...I'm guessing here but maybe the internal battery? If not try a hard reset of the camera. You will lose all your profiles, presets and adjustments but as long as you have them saved somewhere it won't be a problem to redo them.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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I've got an S270e and the hours meter doesn't work on that (although it does on my Z7e).

A Sony representative at a trade show made a call to their UK headquarters and was told that it needs a firmware update that would be performed as and when it needed other work and would not do it under their Prime Support agreement.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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Hi, George and Matt . . .

Sony has "quietly" posted a page about the hrs. meter issue. It is indeed a problem that a firmware update will correct. I had this done to my two Z7U's - which helped. Here's the Sony link:

Sony | Micro Site - HDV

Matt . . . I would contact your local Sony service center and show them the above link. There is no way in hell you should have to pay for a firmware update to fix THEIR flaw - especially if Sony is giving the rest of the world (Canada and US anyway) a courtesy firmware fix.

Hope this helps.

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Old February 28th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #5
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Hi Ian

Thanks for the link. Apologies - I didn't make myself clear in the previous post - they will update the firmware free of charge, but they do not see it as being covered by their Prime Support agreement - ie a courier collecting my camera and returning it solely for the firmware issue.
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