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LCD and Viewfinder just blank in daylight but working well when indoors or anywhere during night

I have a problem with my Canon Optura 20: When I am outdoors or in bright light area, the LCD or the viewfinder do not display the scene at all -- they remain just plain white. If I move to indoors, the scene in indoors is visible (if it is not bright). During night, the scenes are quite visible either indoors or outdoors. I tinkered with various settings but to no avail. Did anyone face this problem and if you know the answer please let me know. Thanks in advance. Chris

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  • Playa Lust Nov 14, 2007

    I have the same problem. I found that if I removed the battery for a while (20 mins) and then put it back on, charged it fully and then tried to use it, it would work, but if I shut the camera off and turned it back on, the problem would return.
    This made spontaneous video impossible.

    The 3 minute warm up is a good solution, but I would really like to turn on my camera and have it be ready to go.

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Yes i did have this problem too. sadly i could not figure it out either so i traded with a friend. he found out the problem. he said you have to just leave the camcorder on playback and just let it sit there for about 3 minutes to warm up.

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Sound like a malfunctioning CCD (Charge Coupled Device) image sensor. Rare, but possible problem with your LCD screenviewer... in both cases (LCD or CCD) this isn't a job that you could solve yourself; this wrong include distorted images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures, and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash card.

I suggest check this link for additional details in this previous solutions for an Defective CCD and next contact your Canon service.
I strongly suggest (taking into consideration the age of your camera) to evaluate the cost of repair versus the cost of a new camera with similar features, before making a final desicion.

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