Your help is greatly appreciated. I have only the one third party charger, which I bought recently. It think it is charging the batteries properly bacause, although the Panasonic batteries have very tightly covered terminals, I have part of an old Panasonic charger into which I connected a `charged` battery. I was then able to confirm by connecting a meter that the battery was fully charged.
The problem actually began after I flicked the switch to open the cassette compartment in order to insert a tape to play back. Nothing happened. I`m wondering if I perhaps flicked it too suddenly and caused a short somewhere. Prior to this, the camcorder was working perfectly.
Can you recommend a reliable brand of charger?
Ok, thank you. I`ll look for one.
Ok, will do. Thank you again for your valuable help.