Panasonic PV-GS250 Mini DV Digital Camcorder - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


That is all very interesting - thank you for sharing.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jul 23, 2017 | 67 views


The most likely cause for this is a damaged or defective flexible ribbon cable that connects the vewfinder LCD to the camera body and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


If this response has been of any help to you, please be sure and give a positive vote for me on FixYa.com.

Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 29, 2011 | 96 views


The tape has a brake on the rear of the shell, it's accessed through a small rectangular slot. Could be faulty or something jammed in the hole. Place a small screw driver into the slot and carefully see if the brake releases OK. It should move freely as it's spring loaded.

Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 22, 2011 | 62 views


There is a flaw in the tape casing that was present during manufacture, since all the others work fine I recommend not using the one you are having issues with, eventually it will jam in the camcorder causing more serious problems that will lead to an expensive repair bill.

Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 22, 2011 | 58 views


Have you tried bust buy or circuit city? Most battery specialty shops would probably have one, if not they can order one for you. Check the web for battery replacements!

Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 15, 2010 | 41 views


Did you solve this? Also, could you be more specific? No video on either the LCD or in the viewfinder? Both when trying to record and when playing back a tape?

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 20, 2010 | 160 views


Yes, your camera should have come with a cord. If not, another device, like your cellphone might have the same cord to use. You can also check Radioshack to see what cord they recommend.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 27, 2010 | 201 views


try camera menu (change some settings )

Panasonic... | Answered on May 19, 2010 | 719 views


Its viewfinder flex or cable problem.It need to replace

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 02, 2010 | 121 views


needs to be formatted first

Panasonic... | Answered on Oct 13, 2009 | 313 views


This camera does not have a port on the camera itself. It uses a wired "battery" that connects to the battery charger.

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 27, 2009 | 54 views


Your camera support web page:
http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PNAEndecaSearchCmd?N=779832046&Ne=&No=0&Nr=12001&Ns=&Ntk=SupportSearch&URL=vSupportSearch&cmTag=true&catalogI

Panasonic... | Answered on Sep 20, 2009 | 334 views


If you would be kind enouph to give me your zip code I will be glad to give you a list of repair man close to you.

Panasonic... | Answered on Dec 22, 2008 | 64 views


You may use different USB ports. Make sure your computer USB is v2.0 Computer's Bios and Chipset update could be a possible solution. You may also try Firewire/1394 Connection which is more reliable and faster for video editing and conversion.

Usually in professional use hook up the Camcorder directly to the computer is not very preferred, Using DV converters are more common such as Canopus products as you can find them on www.canopus.com

Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 10, 2008 | 250 views


I believe what you are doing is trying to download both video AND photos using the same port. They are two different functions. One connection is under the video door, and the other is in one of the other hidden ports of your camera. Give that a shot. Also, make sure the dial is set on playback (the red videocamera icon) when connecting it to your computer when you transfer the video. This is not the same when transferring photos (which come from the SD card you have, not the tape), and the wheel has to be set to PC.

Good luck!

Panasonic... | Answered on Jul 23, 2008 | 783 views


use the firewire (4 pin) connection instead

Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 22, 2008 | 280 views


same problem in SHARP camcorders.

SHARP offers no satisfactory solutions.

Possible SHARP does not even manufacture a head cleaning tape.
If they do it is TOP SECRET.

I will never buy SHARP again.

Panasonic... | Answered on Dec 22, 2007 | 177 views


Problem check list:

- Try another cable in the connection to rule out the cable
- Make sure the 1/8 plug goes in all the way
- Make sure you have it connected to proper outputs on the mixer (and that it's not a powered mixer!)
- Make sure you don't have the output volume up too loud on the mixer

Panasonic... | Answered on Dec 14, 2007 | 126 views


This Panasonic DV tape camera is similar to Sony DV cameras. It has a Firewire 4 pin DV output (which Sony calls iLink). Does your laptop have Firewire (unlikely)?

The camera has an SD card slot for a card of up to 2 GB in size (non-HC, FAT16) but if I remember this is for still photos only, IIRC the USB connection cannot transfer video, Check your owners manual

The camera uses a compressed Sony/Panasonic PCM DV video format that needs a program that can read that format and convert that format.

My suggestion would be to send your tapes to a conversion service and have them saved onto DVDs or USB Stick one time. Or, find a friend with an older Macintosh with Firewire and iMovie, transfer and convert your video, and then move the files to your PC after

If you have a Firewire port, It may require a driver update
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/import-mini-dv-tapes-into-windows-10-movie-maker/96fefbd6-bb74-4a6a-973b-417043688f29

Or you can transfer the video through an external adapter but adapters with Firewire are impossible to find any more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthebohwsDk

https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/articles/00022457

https://superuser.com/questions/28861/cannot-import-video-from-a-dv-camcorder-over-firewire-in-windows-7

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Nov 20, 2019 | 23 views


If you ever have trouble to play ASF video file on the computer, you can turn to ASF video player for help. Leawo Blu-ray Player is a 100% free software. Arming your Windows computer with this program will guarantee all your ASF files are supported. Besides being as the best ASF player for Windows 7, the Windows version is also available on Windows XP/Vista/8/8.1/10, etc.

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Nov 20, 2019 | 143 views

Not finding what you are looking for?
Panasonic PV-GS250 Mini DV Digital Camcorder Logo

36 questions posted

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Panasonic Video Cameras Experts

Kenneth Walker

Level 2 Expert

292 Answers

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

6048 Answers

Pieter Vleeshouwers
Pieter Vleeshouwers

Level 3 Expert

2012 Answers

Are you a Panasonic Video Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...