I am going away on holiday and wanted to take my camera with me, but afer charging the battery and switching it on all you seem to get on the viewfinder/lcd screen is a blank screen you cant see anything you are trying to film...can anyone help me out. Dawn
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Re: Nothing comes hrough the viewfinder
I jsut posted on this same problem. If you can playback a tape and see the picture, but can't see anything on the camera, the camera has a stuck iris assembly. It is caused by the iris actuator (a small motor like device) leaking oil on to the two slippery sheets of plastic that slide over one another to act as the iris. A good tech can pull the iris assembly out of the camera and clean it, but some techs will only do what Sony recommends, which is replacing the lens assembly (very expensive)
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On top of the monitor is the monitor / viewfinder button. Little right from the centre, you can press that one to switch between picture in the viewfinder or on the monitor. It also can be your batteries are old and can't be charged to the required charge. Or even when one is not ok, the camera can't work as it should. Try new batteries. And Olympus wants you to use only NiMH batteries. Alkeline batteries may have a much shorter service time. AA manganese batteries are not allowed in the camera and NiCD won't work at all. When using new batteries, don't forget to charge them before use.
As a last option, it could be something is defect in your camera. (I hope not) When something is broke in your camera, or something is blocking, the current could become to high and damage the camera. Or if a gear is defect, it could cause extra damage in the camera. In all that kind of occasions the camera could play safe and not switch on to full operation. If nothing will bring back the light on your monitor, the only thing to do is contact your dealer, and if repair should be to expensive, start saving for a new one. Sorry.
Charge for 1 hour. Pull battery's and see if they have power. If Power is good Make sure they are in correctly If Dead Replace battery's. ,
The only other thing it Might be, You said the Camera was New, But if the battery's hold a charge the Battery Door might have lost it's Contacts and the battery's won't work without it, It may have been returned to the store before you got it..
Try resetting the camera by removing the battery for 15 mins, replace the fully charged battery, go to the Menu setting and set the Date and Time. If it still does not work then - this camera needs to be sent away for
repairs. Just like a motor vehicle, some repairs to your camera require a
technical specialist to fix your problem.
The battery may have gone bad, take out the camera battery if possible, clean the battery contact points with a dry cloth, try charging again for an hour. Now start the camera and see whether the cam has the same problem? Else, you can get a replacement battery on ebay for cheap.
See if you can find an internet cafe. I was reading the white balance section of your manual and there is nothing that stops your camera from taking pictures if the white balance is off. Turn your camera off, remove your batteries for about 30 seconds and let it reset to default. Then try inserting the batteries and see if this helps. I wouldn't mind sending you this manual if you can provide an email address. Or a link to go to is: www.olympus.com, then select americas, then select support, then select your camera, then download your manual in PDF format. I wouldn't want your vacation ruined either.
You might have overcharged your battery and therefore it wont work. Also have you had a powersurge when it was plugged in? that could completely wipe out the charger and phone.go to a store to get help.
first check the iris of the camera if it is opening,you will see this when you look inside the lens of the camera when you turn on and off the switch at camera mode if the iris is opening....if the iris is ok the second problem may occurs of your camera is the ccd image sensor....go to a sony service center for replacing that...i know it is free for replacing that sensor cause that is the recall product not only on sony but in other brand because the manufacturer of their sensor is only one company...:-)