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The Monitor on my Nikon D80 does not show any image when I try to take a picture - The viewfinder is ok and the camera takes a picture ok and displays it for about 4 seconds on the monitor after taking it. I can view the Menu's and can View existing pictures ok via the monitor. Is there a way to switch the monitor off or on, tried the menus but cant see anything obvious.

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You can switch it off so as not to show the picture after you take one.

You cannot use the monitor to show images as you're taking them. The D80 does not have a Live View capability.

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