In many models we have controls to lock the exposure settings. I'll find the page in the manual if you find a link to it.
I'm clinging on to a Sony Handycam TRV815 Hi8. The camera records fine inside, but when I take it outdoors the picture becomes primarily bright white. Is this a fixable problem? I am assuming if this were a problem with the recording heads it would also prevail during inside recording as well as during outside recording. I'm sure it is time to move on to a new camera, even without this problem, but the complexity of all the various formats has me wanting to hang on to the old camera until I figure out which direction I want to go. If nothing else, I'd just like to know what is going on.... recording pure white outside????