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I have a Canon A1 digital 8. It will not power on

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Hello I have a Canon A1 digital HI 8. It will not power on.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.
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I suspect that simple age may have put an end to the camera's life as a working device, and also the tape in it may have suffered. You might have to limit your expectations to getting the tape out intact, and 'reading' it on another device altogether.

Try cleaning the terminals in the battery compartment, after removing the batteries, first by rubbing off with a fresh pencil eraser, then by wiping the terminals off with cotton swabs moistened in rubbing alcohol, then letting them dry off for 5+ minutes with the battery compartment door open, then try turning the camera On again.

Also check the outlet that the charger or AC Adapter is plugged into, or try it in a different outlet.

How old is the camera? in months or years since you bought it.

Has the camera been dropped or otherwise subjected to mechanical shock(s) in its lifetime?
Has the camera been operated in or subjected to, temperatures below 32 degrees F (freezing point) or above about 100 degrees F ?
Has it ever been subjected to a humidity higher than 85 % or gotten wet ?
Has the camera been operated in a gritty or sandy environment, such as a beach, a seaside, a construction site, or the like?

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