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No Picture in LCD or Viewfinder

There is no picute in my view finder or LCD screen. I have all of my display menu's and such, but no picture, and yes the lense cover is down. There is a small eye looking icon in the screen, and I can view old videos, but when I try and record the screen is pitch black even though audio is recording. What can I do, seriously only used this thing about twenty minutes since I got it????

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Re: No Picture in LCD or Viewfinder

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Here I provide you information to save 400 or some thing.
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