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No picture from lens when camcorder switched to "camera" setting

There is just a black screen both through the viewfinder and the screen. All the correct symbols are there and the camcorder works when in "play/vcr" mode - the picture plays back through both viewfinder and screen.

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    No picture in the viewfinder or the screen in record mode but the camera does record sound but no picture. It will playback just fine.

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* Because each of these steps represents a possible solution to this issue, check the viewfinder or LCD status after completing each step.
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