As of recently my Canon MVX150i camcorder does not open the cassette tray. There is a fully recorded cassette in the tray and when I open the outer door to eject the cassette, the tray does move outwards, but it doesn't open the internal door, thus preventing me from having access to the cassette. It then waits for 5 or 6 seconds and then retracts the tray back. If I switch on the camcorder (either in camera or in play mode) it first says "REMOVE THE CASSETTE", followed by five beeps. After that there is "EJECT" sign blinking in the top right corner.
All other functions (menus, zooming, focusing, ...) work well, so I assume there is some problem with some latch or sensor with respect to ejecting the cassette or even rewinding the tape, which is also impossible now.
This is the first malfunction of the camcorder since I bought it 8 years ago!
Is this a big failure? Is it something even I could try to repair by myself? If not, will it cost me a lot to have it repaired?
Although I'm considering buying a new modern camcorder with HDD or SDHC storage, I still need a device for playing back those 100+ tapes I have recorded during last eight years.
Your opinion is very much appreciated!