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My Vivitar 5386

The screen has just gone completely black..nothing through the lens screen at all...shutter works fine..lens has been cleaned numerous times, I checked all the settings and system settings, eveything is doing nothing'll even take a black pic..what could this possibly be?

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Have u checked battery? and otherwise i duno

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The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

Hope the advise is useful. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.


Sep 10, 2010 | Vivitar ViviCam 5386 Digital Camera

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Review windows is black, pictures are black

A stuck shutter is a common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).

To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see the following for further info and a simple fix that may help:

Jun 12, 2009 | Digital Cameras

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The secreen is black

CCD Failure !

try it with VIVITAR may be they will do it free of cost it is considered a manufac fault thousands of cameras have faulty CCD chips who quit after some years of use

see this

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Apr 11, 2009 | Vivitar ViviCam 5386 Digital Camera

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Well, please folks don't use cheap (dollar store) batteries. I changed the batteries out three time with some new ones she gave me (generic) and when I inserted better quality batteries well that solved it!!!

Nov 13, 2008 | Vivitar ViviCam 5386 Digital Camera

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Won't work

Sounds like dirt or something is preventing the lens from opening up. Your best bet is to get a can of compressed air and a fully charged set of batteries and while the lens is oopening, spray the air into the lens opening. If after a dozen tries, then you may need to have the camera checked out. Keep in mind that the cost of a high end tech (taking apart a digital camera is about as difficult as open heart surgery!) may cost more that just buying another one.

Mar 11, 2008 | Vivitar ViviCam 5386 Digital Camera

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Blurred pics

you could try 2 things..
check the configuration if its been changed.. the best thing you could try is do a factory reset... there must be an option to set your camera to default values..
the other thing is cleaning the lens with something really smooth, otherwise you could scratch the lens..
hope that works

Jan 30, 2008 | Vivitar ViviCam 5386 Digital Camera

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Vivitar camera 5385

I am having the same problem and contacted vivitar. I have yet to get a response but, I feel there are a lot of the same issues with this same camera all over the globe. I have seen countless inquiries about it. I feel it has to do with the lcd monitor myself. The same lcd monitor is being recalled in sony products.

May 04, 2007 | Vivitar ViviCam 5385 Digital Camera

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Black screen

I have the same problem. Fine one day and a black screen the next. I called Vivtar and they were no help. They wanted me to send it in and let them repair it at my expense. don't think so. everything works perfect on the camera...but the screen is black and so are the pictures. Good Luck!

Apr 26, 2007 | Vivitar ViviCam 5385 Digital Camera

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Vivitar vivicam 5386

I have had that problem too. All I had to do is change the battery. But don't mix match batteries good luck.

Mar 03, 2007 | Vivitar ViviCam 5385 Digital Camera

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