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JVC GR-D90 Camcorder Lens Cap Problem

by bru_jac / April 13, 2005 1:25 AM PDT

I have a JVC GR-D90 camcorder - owned less than two years. Recently, the camcorder has begun to display a "lens cap" message when powered with the lens cap off. No video is present - thus camcorder is unusable. Sent a query to JVC, but no reply. I've checked a few other forums and found this to be a persistent problem for a variety of JVC camcorders, but nothing on possible solutions. Does anyone have any hints on rectifying the problem?

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I have the same problem
by loew4567 / June 20, 2005 5:12 AM PDT

Just wondering how you resolved this issue. My model is the GR-D30US.

This is my first experience with JVC and not a good one.


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Most repair depots can fix that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2005 5:20 AM PDT

From what I've seen, not something those at home can fix.

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lens cap on problem
by JWebb / July 11, 2005 12:24 PM PDT

Have had this problem intermittently since buying the camera but then it when away. Camera has not been used for several months (with film and battery attached)- Would a cleaning tape make a difference?
I can view a tape but can't record. Lens appears black. The camera has only been used three times and is slightly over a year old.

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If you have warranty...
by longobardia / October 7, 2005 3:55 AM PDT
In reply to: lens cap on problem

If your camcorder is still under warranty, send it before it's to late. There is some kind of wide spread problem with the CCD Assembly on this line of JVC products. In particular with the GR-DxxU line.

From what I have read in the internet, the CCD Assembly is a Sony part and can be purchased for about $50. If you are handy with electronics, you could give it a go. This repair if successful, will probably not last for to long either.

I have the same problem with this camera and it's a shame that JVC is not doing anything about it. I read somewhere that there is a pending class action law suit against JVC on this line of products.

Sony has also released a statement with one of their camcorders, that they will fix the problem at no charge. Can't remember the link but it's on this site.

Hope this helps,
A. L.

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"lens cap" strikes again
by mg_junk / September 17, 2005 11:35 AM PDT

I too, have the "lens cap" problem. My camera it's 1-2 years old.
I had a TDK tape in it when it happened.

I sent an email to them on 9/17. I'll post a message in a week.

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JVC GR-D digital video camera
by familyclickster / September 27, 2005 1:13 AM PDT

-I can't believe this lens crap problem is everywhere. It's killing me to drop $300 + bucks one year and this JVC product needs to be replaced the next year. With three kids I am not happy to buy a new camera. I have the same thing , lens cap warning is completely wrong, no cap on. I'm pretty efficient w/electronics and I can't get anything to solve this problem. Where has anyone been able to get this problem repaired for an amount less than a new camera cost? Help, my kids are getting older!

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Explanation of reason for!!!
by jbs138 / September 29, 2005 7:48 PM PDT

Yes, its outrageous that this should be happening across a range of these digital video cameras, my sons being the GR-D20, and not long out of guarantee.

I am also a highly experienced and long term electronics person, and as such would appreciate info from any other technician, if it is indeed the CCD that has failed on these camera's, and if so, does it require any specialised equipment "other" than normally found in electronic workshops to replace it?

Thanks (in anticipation of reply) / John.

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lens cap problem
by kolins2 / July 1, 2007 9:21 AM PDT

the problem is with the camera ccd. i have replaced mine and its been working perfectly eversince.

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lens cap problem
by ellper / July 1, 2007 10:16 PM PDT
In reply to: lens cap problem

What is the "camera CCD", and where is it placed. Please!!!

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TDK Tape
by longobardia / October 7, 2005 4:01 AM PDT

According to some posts on the net regarding using TDK or other 3rd party DV tapes, it may be linked to lens-cap dislpay messages poping up.

From what I read, you'll have to:

1. Take the tape out.
2. Get a JVC tape
3. Take the battery out.
4. Leave unplugged for a long time ( 1 day or more)
5. put battery in
6. load JVC tape.

I cannot confirm this, so all you can do is try this.
The worst it can be is that it'll cost you the tape or
it'll start working all together and you are happy again.

Hope this helps,

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JVC Camcorder Lens cap prob GR-DF-420EK
by billros18 / December 28, 2007 7:43 AM PST
In reply to: TDK Tape

Tryed taking out battery and tape. Left for two days still the same. will be getting on the phone to them.

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JVC will repair at no charge until Oct 2007
by markcr / October 12, 2005 3:05 AM PDT
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jvc camcorder
by mikey32 / October 13, 2005 5:53 AM PDT

Do you know if this free repair is available in the U.K?

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JVC Distorted picture, lens cap error repairs for canada
by shiNer45 / November 15, 2005 7:31 PM PST

Hi, i just wanted to thanks the previous people for bringing this subject to light, especially with the link to

I am in canada and have the gr-d74u camera and have the distorted image problem and the occasional lens cap error message.

I contacted the JVC canada technical service number and spoke to 2 separate people who both said JVC canada and USA are different so they will not cover the repair. I am out of my warranty and the repair place wanted $312 CAN for the repair.
I argued and argued and they said no, I said i wanted to talk to the person in charge there and the lady told me she was the supervisor, i said how nice for u, but i dont think u are what i mean, i need someone who is in charge.
She put me through to a service manager who immediately said this was a known issue and of course they will cover it, he then phoned the service place i took it to and authorized them to repair it.

So if anyone in Canada needs this same thing done, dont waste time with the tech people who answer the phone, all they know how to do is refer you to a service center who will charge you for the repair.
If you need anymore information like this guys direct number and extension email me and i can give it to you.

Thanks again to the people who started this thread

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Same problem
by georgih / November 28, 2005 10:13 AM PST

I have JVC GR-D22U... What a mistake to make... I had an hour long conversations and didn't make it... Please send me phone #/extension of the manager.


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Lens Cap
by monchichi147 / November 28, 2005 12:20 PM PST

shiNer45 you offered the [phone number of the manager but I have no idea how to contact you. Would it make sense to post it on this forum for everybody's use?

Thanks for the info

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Same problem - also in Canada
by trebortech / November 29, 2005 8:20 AM PST

Thanks for the info shiNer45. I would love to get in touch with the Service Manager you dealt with, but I'm unable to see your email address. Could you please send me a note with his name and phone #? My email is


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contact info
by minner1078 / December 26, 2005 3:50 AM PST

sorry i didnt post my email but i would like the person who's "in charge" contact info as well.
singhtran (at) gmail (dot) com

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Lens Cap Message
by thragus / July 7, 2006 10:10 AM PDT

Please send me the contact information for the Service Manager as well. I am having the same issue with the lens cap message and the camera is now useless. Thanks ... my email address is

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phone number
by junran / December 10, 2005 11:08 PM PST


I got "lens cap" error with my "GR-D33".

Could you give that gentleman's number?



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Query on phone number.
by jbs138 / December 11, 2005 3:30 AM PST
In reply to: phone number
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contact info
by minner1078 / December 26, 2005 3:47 AM PST

i too have just got off the phone with one of those "tech support monkeys" and he would not authorize the repair. i can't seem to find a link for your email but could you email me the contact information of the person "in charge" that can authorize the repairs?

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I need the number to get my camcorder repaired!
by robkohli / June 22, 2006 1:54 PM PDT

Thanks for your information, I have the same problem and need to know where to send it.


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Same problem "Lens Cap Error". Dismaying Customer Service.
by Never_Buy_a_JVC / August 4, 2006 6:36 AM PDT

Just got off the phone with one of the JVC tech representatives. He acknowledged the problem and that my model GRD 30 U is eligible for free repair. He also gave me the contact for the service location in my area (Mississauga).

Guess What! When I called the service centre they refused to know anything about it and said the repairs are not free. When I quoted the information from JVC tech rep, they said that the tech rep has made an error and that JVC has no such claimer for free repair. Can't beleive I trusted these Monkeys. Never ever buying a JVC camera. To be honest, not buying anything from a company that has anything to do with JVC.

If someone has any suggestions that may help me retreive my bucks please email me at
a n s h u l 0 0 8 2 (AT)



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GR D 74U issue...
by rnmehta67 / October 30, 2006 3:16 PM PST

I'd the same problem with my GR-D74U, and i also got it fixed at no cost. I would like to ask you that How Can U make DVDs from GR-D74U? I tried Imagemixer( software came with MiniDV),but the quality is no good. R U in Toronto area??

My email:

Plz reply.

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by jackh33 / December 10, 2006 11:28 AM PST

hi ,l saw the message that you put on the forum .l have the same problem with my camcorder, l phoned jvc canada many times with no good answer.would please send me your contact at jvc canada so l can get my camcorder fixe as soon as possible at no charge

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I have the same problem
by jcasorso / March 15, 2007 3:05 AM PDT

Hi my name is joe and i recently purchased a jvc video camera on ebay from a private buyer. The buyer said the camera was hardly used (which I still belive him) but we figure somewhere along the way during shipping the camera probally got banged up and the result was a black screen and it said lens cap still on. I live in B.C. Canada so I will probally get the camera repared in the country. I was wondering if you could help me with who i need to contact and the location of which i send the camera. Thank you for your help

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Apparent lens cap problem.
by jbs138 / March 15, 2007 3:48 AM PDT

You will have to pay quite a hefty charge to get the lens cap problem repaired as you are NOT the original owner. I would therefor advise you to contact the person that sold it to you as he/she can get it repaired for FREE, that is of course provided he/she actually was the original purchaser and not just having bought it second hand his/her self, found it was faulty, and decided to unload it.

To anyone else reading this JVC Canada DOES offer the free repair on this fault but its not near so easy to obtain it as it is in the US due to JVC Canada having a policy of less than an open admission that the problem exists.

I have contact details of various places in Canada but cannot post them via the site.

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Contact info
by justinmarely / August 4, 2007 11:57 AM PDT

I have a JVC HDUS1 with the known defect and I need to service it in Canada. Could you please e-mail me Canadian contact info
Greatly appreciated

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by justinmarely / August 4, 2007 9:37 AM PDT

Partner in despair. I have a JVC GR-HD1US which I love and bought at BH Video in NYC. I live in Montreal. Can you please forward me any info that will help me navigate the techies
Thanks Jeff

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