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Olympus SP500UZ - I can't see through the lens

My camera has worked fine until recently.
I can no longer see through the lens. It takes pictures but they are blank and black. I can however scroll back to see previous picture images on the card or on the camera.

I have checked through the manual to no avail. The Monitor/view finder toggle doesnt appear to be the root of the problem.
Can someone recommend a solution?

Thank you in advance,
SMC

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  • nyap Jul 20, 2010

    Hi, I was searching the answer for this question, as my camera has the same problem. Did you find any solution? Thank you!

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SOURCE: Canon S1 IS view finder / LCD monitor black out

This is a defective CCD that Canon is repairing free of charge. Go here for details: http://www.usa.canon.com:80/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044&keycode=2112&id=29819

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There's a small button next to the LCD screen that allows you to switch between LCD & viewfinder.

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SOURCE: the camera turns on - but you cant take a picture

Your problem may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, your batteries may need to be replaced, or the camera may have a problem that requires professional repair.

Posted on Nov 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Sony DSC F717, screen and view finder now show

Please take a look at the symptoms listed here, and see if it's what you're experiencing.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item.pl?mdl=DSCF717&news_id=161

Sony had a certain issue with the CCD chip on this camera. If it's this issue, they'll fix it free plus $20 until March 2010.

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SOURCE: Olympus X 775 Camera Blank Screen

Go back to duracell or energizer batteries... regular is not enough to poer this type of electric device

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