Hi everyone. Appologies if you already know this. Just been asked to look at a JVC camcoder that had the message "Lense cap"even though the lense cap is removed. So i jumped on the JVC support web site to find that they have identified the this fault as a failure of the CCD image sensor. To quote: - a small quantity of units of the models listed,may, while in camera mode, show no picture,a distorted picture and/or display "Lense Cap". Until 1st October 2007, JVC will cover the cost of repairs of units exhibiting these symptons. Excellent, but, my mate had not used his for a few months. I wonder if this free repair shouldn't be extended to any of the affected part numbers, shown on JVC's site, indefinately. Hope this helps anyone.