Common Problems

COMPLETE PANASONIC BROADCAST, PROFESSIONAL & INDUSTRIAL DVCPRO 4K, HD, P2 HD & SD CARD HD CAMERA REPAIR & SERVICE

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Factory trained service & repair for the entire line of Panasonic Broadcast, Professional & Industrial DVCPRO & DVCPRO 4K, HD, P2 HD, & SD CARD HD cameras.

We Specialize In All Factory Modifications & Software Updates. This Is a Must On Older Cameras!

Specializing in Panasonic AG & AJ Series 4K & HD Model Numbers
AG-HMC40 AG-HMC45 AG-UX90PJ AG-AF100 AG-AF100A
AG-AC130 AG-AC130A AG-HMC150 AG-AC160 AG-AC160A
AG-HPX170 AG-HPX175 AG-UX180PJ AG-DVX200 AG-HVX200
AG-HVX200A AG-HVX205A AG-HPX250 AG-HPX255 AG-HPX300
AG-HPX370 AG-HPX500 AG-HPX600 AG-EC3 AG-EC4
AG-CVF10 AG-CVF15 AG-HPG10 AG-HPG20 AJ-PX230
AJ-PX270 AJ-PX380 AJ-PX800 AJ-HDX900 AJ-HPX2000
AJ-HPX2100 AJ-HPX2700 AJ-HPX3000 AJ-HPX3100 AJ-HPX3700
AJ-PX5000 AJ-PCD10 AJ-PCD20 AJ-HVF21 And Others..

Common Problems

  1. BROKEN LCD'S - NOTE: THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PARTS ON YOUR CAMERA!!! If the glass is cracked you are OUT OF LUCK (SORRY)!! WHAT ELSE CAN I TELL YOU!! The least expensive LCD display (AC130, AC160, HPX250 & HPX255) IS $562. The LCD for the HVX200 & HVX200A is $785!! the LCD for the HMC150 and HPX170 is $710. Other Panasonic models vary from $600 TO $800!! AND THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE TAXES OR INSTALLATION!! I WILL REPLACE ANY LCD I HAVE IN STOCK FOR THE PRICE OF THE NEW PART ITSELF (AND SOMETIMES LESS) INCLUDING INSTALLATION!!! If the glass is not cracked and the display is just intermittent I CAN OFTEN REPLACE JUST THE HINGE FOR about $300. MUCH BETTER! I ALSO OFFER USED LCD¹S for most models from $350-$400 INSTALLED WHEN I HAVE THEM AVAILABLE. CALL ME! (818) 567-0707. ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!

  2. CAMERA INTERMITTENTLY TURNS OFF BY ITSELF: This is a common problem with many Panasonic camera models (HMC40, HMC45, AC130, AC160, HPX250, HPX255 and others). It usually involves removal of the MAIN board to perform a tricky modification using microscopes and tweezers and a new production on-off switch. ABOUT $300-350 to repair. ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!

  3. CRACKLY, DEAD OR INTERMITTENT MICROPHONE INPUTS: Lots of stuff can be wrong here! The XLR connectors get worn out over time, the circuit boards get exposed to moisture, the phantom power goes bad or the camera falls while an XLR is plugged in and cracks the MICROPHONE JACK FRAME as well as damaging the connector or circuit board. These repairs vary from $200 for a simple new headphone jack soldered on to $700 or more for a complete new set of microphone inputs and new jack frame. Call for pricing. I WILL BEAT ANYONES PRICE ON MICROPHONE INPUT REPAIRS OR I WILL EAT A BUG!! ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!

  4. BROKEN BATTERY COMPARTMENTS: Usually from impact damage or someone forcing the battery on BACKWARDS (no comment!). One or more tabs are broken off and the battery will not stay secured (DID YOU MISS THAT SHOT?!) Most battery compartment replacements are from $250-$350. UNFORTUNATELY MANY OF THE CAMERAS MADE SINCE 2011 DON'T HAVE A SEPERATE PART # FOR THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT (AC130, AC160, HPX250, HPX255 & others) AND YOU HAVE TO BUY THE WHOLE DAMN REAR CASE FROM AROUND $500!! OFTEN I HAVE INDIVIDUAL PARTS FROM CRASH CAMS THAT CAN SAVE YOU BEAU COUP DINERO!! HERE AGAIN I WILL BEAT ANYONES PRICE ON A NEW BATTERY COMPARTMENT OR COMPLETE REAR CASE ASSEMBLY!! PLEASE make sure that you insert the battery in the direction of the arrow! PLEASE ALSO make sure to avoid transporting the camera with the battery attached, even in a road case!! This is a recipe for broken battery tabs. ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!

  5. DUST BEHIND THE LENS GLASS, SCRATCHES OR PITS ON THE LENS GLASS, IMPACT DAMAGE AND GRIT IN THE ZOOM OR FOCUS RINGS: THE PANASONIC OR LEICA lens on your camera is chock full of about 30 moving parts and the focus and zoom rings are heavily greased. THE LENS IS A SEALED UNIT AND CANNOT BE OPENED FOR CLEANING!! IF YOU HAVE PARTICULATE BEHIND THE GLASS OR PITS AND SCRATCHES ON THE GLASS, YOU ARE DONE. A NEW LENS FOR A HPX170 IS $1710. A NEW LENS FOR AN AC130, AC160, HPX250 OR HPX255 IS $4224.19!! A NEW LENS FOR A DVX200 IS $2607.01!! A NEW LENS FOR A UX180 IS $2826.20!! A NEW LENS FOR A PX270 IS $3501.80!! YOU MIGHT AS WELL GO TO EBAY AND BUY A GOOD USED CAMERA FOR LESS!!! When sand and grit get in the zoom ring there is no way to clean it out. You need a new lens and alignment. IF YOU HAVE A GRITTY FOCUS RING OR DAMAGED BAYONET MOUNT THAT CAN USUALLY BE REPLACED, THANK GOD!! ABOUT $250-$400. We do not repair removable lenses, call Fuji, Canon or other manufacturers for assistance. CALL ME TO SEE IF I HAVE A GOOD USED LENS FOR YOUR CAMERA MODEL AT A PRICE YOU CAN AFFORD!!

  6. FRAME AND CASE DAMAGE FROM IMPACTS: NASTY STUFF!! This can be as simple as a new front or rear case or as complex as a complete frame. Hopefully, your CCD was not smashed as well!! CCD's are between $2k and $25K, depending on the camera. SCE can often save your CCD with a cracked mount with our skillful reconstruction services. All metal particles should be removed from the camera before they short out a circuit board and cause REAL damage. Call for pricing.

  7. GENERAL CLEANING AND LENS ALIGNMENTS: BACK FOCUS IS OFF? CAMERA WAS DROPPED AND WILL NOT FOCUS? CAMERA HAS DEBRIS INSIDE BODY? General cleaning and lens alignments. SCE charges $350 for cleaning and ALIGNMENT TO FACTORY SPECIFICATIONS of small cameras like the AG-UX90PJ 4K, AG-AC130, AG-HMC150, AG-AC160, AG-HPX170, AG-UX180PJ 4K, AG-DVX200, AG-HVX200, AG-HPX250, AG-HPX255, AJ-PX230 & AG-PX270 AND ALL CAMERAS WITH FIXED (NOT REMOVABLE) LENSES. We also clean the inside of your camera with compressed air, clean the tape heads if applicable, PERFORM A COMPLETE FUNCTION CHECK & UPGRADE YOUR CAMERA TO THE LATEST FIRMWARE VERSION AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. SCE DOES NOT DO ALIGNMENTS ON CAMERAS WITH REMOVABLE LENS OR COLORIMETRY ALIGNMENTS but maybe I can recommend someone good who can!! ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!

  8. HDX400, HDX900, HDC27G & HDC27H VARICAM: units we will replace the cleaning roller and thoroughly clean the tape path including the capstan motor and rabbet guide for $350. ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!

  9. CAMERA ZOOMS BY ITSELF: menu button, camera button, VCR button or counter button do not work; camera goes into record by itself and will not turn off until power removed; auto focus not working; remote ports not working problems: MOSTLY AN ISSUE ON THE HVX200 CAMERAS!! These are all part of the same problem. You may have just one or all of these issues!! The connecting ribbon cables have been exposed to moisture or condensation, and have become oxidized at their tips and must be replaced. There is a flat fee to repair of $350. ONE DAY TURNARUND TIME!!!