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How do I flip the viewfinder image on an old (~1985) Panasonic video camera, Model #PK-980?

Asked by LuckyGuy (40183points) August 2nd, 2011
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I have an old Panasonic video camera from the mid 80’s. This is the kind that has a separate VCR and a camera head that looks like a full size TV camera. (Newvicon Omnipro) It was the top of the line at the time. The viewfinder is a separate unit that can be used on either side of the camera by flipping the housing. However the image is upside down. There has to be a way to flip the image but I don’t see it.
The viewfinder model number is PK-M059. The camera is a PK-980 but it is the same as a PK-959. Any ideas? I have been all over this thing. There has to be a trick I’m missing.

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XOIIO's avatar

Here is an online manual for that camcorder.

Edit* It’s a service to find manuals, maybe it will work, I’m still looking.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I found that link too but it seemed suspicious. When I went to the Panasonic site they did not have it.
I need an old guy who owned one of these and kept it in his basement for 20 years.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Is there no menu selection?

LuckyGuy's avatar

GOT IT!!!! My son remembered there is small hidden switch that can only be seen when the viewfinder is twisted to the vertical position. The switch has two positions: “L” and “R”.
That did it!

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