Constant humming noise on brand new TRV 460

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      My TRV 460 D8 camcorder is brand new and was bought last Friday 4th. February.

      These are the problems I am experiencing (I am using Sony Digital 8/Hi8 HME E6-120HMEL.I have also tried with other tape with the same results.)

      1. With the tape inserted and the write-protect tab open (not set to SAVE), the camera makes a constant humming noise in both the Camera-Tape mode and the PlaybackEdit mode. The noise is bad enough that if I were sitting next to someone at a show etc., that person would ask that the camcorder be switched off or I move! I note that when the write-protect tab is set to SAVE, there is no humming noise in either of the above two modes. The noise is not loud enough to interfere with the recorded video but is very annoying to hear when videoing.

      2. When the built-in light is set to Auto, the light comes on and stays on even in sunny daylight outside and with bright light and daylight inside.

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      Loud hum, plus camera light you can’t turn off — So why have you not returned this to the dealer? The one’s I work with will accept returns for a full refund in this short amount of time. In any event, you should be able to get a replacement if the dealer is reputable.

      Are you saying that the hum is loud enough to irritate your neighbors in a theater, but not loud enough to be recorded on the tape. I suspect that if you ever recorded in a quiet environment, that you would have a nice little hum on your tape that would irritate you too.

      I’m a fan of Sony’s D8 camcorders. Mine are a few years old. I’ve noticed that in recent models, the CCD has been reduced from 1/4 to 1/6th of an inch, but still with 290,000 “effective” pixels. I assume that the visual quality has been at least maintained.

      I’ve used a ton of the tape that you mention. Just within the last 48 hours, I had the experience (out of desperation) of improvising a setup where I manually edited from mini DV originals to this brand of D8/Hi8 tape (i.e., going tape to tape, using firewire between a mini DV camcorder and a D8 VCR), due to a host of equipment “issues.” The edited master on D8 was equal to the quality of the originals on mini DV, with zero mosaic effects. Met my deadline to the client. Saved again by D8! I only wish Sony would put some effort into delivering a really high end D8 camcorder to the marketplace.

      Good luck!


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