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Dark screen, no image (holiday disaster! Help please)

My boyfriend is on holiday for 7 days and has just discovered his canon MV700i isn't working properly. He says it switches on but the screen is dark and there is no image showing. Has anyone got a helpful solution? He is skiing and is desperate to record his holiday. Any advice or knowledge would be grately received.

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Re: dark screen, no image (holiday disaster! Help please)

The CCD problem is a known fault across many manufacturers. Look on the Canon web site for mdetails of where to send it ito get a free repair. That's gotta be cheaper than a new camcorder.

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Re: dark screen, no image (holiday disaster! Help please)

As far as I know that's a problem with the CCD, and it needs repairing by a specialist :(

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You need to contact your nearest Cannon Repair Centre. I had a similar problem and it was fixed for free as it is a known issue.

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You can either buy one from CANON directly, which is expensive, or you can look on ebay for a generic device, which is risky (you need one with the correct voltage etc etc).

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I have the same problem, it appears that this camera is one of many cameras that have problems with the CCD (image sensor) have a look at this site for more info

I hadn't used mine for about 9 months, when I went to use it the screen was black with a bit of flicker. Canon are still fixing them if you're from the UK have a peep here -

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I also had the same problem, Cannon MV700i only recording sound. The veiwfinder, LCD sceen blank, VCR playback working fine. Contacted Plymcare by phone, they were very helpfull. They explained Cannon were aware of the problem and providing problem was ccd, would repair free of charge, as they bill Cannon. Posted the camcorder (over 4 yrs old) by special next day delivery and returned 3 days later, fully repaired. The only cost incurred was postage to Plymcare ( i paid just over £6 ).

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