When i turn on the camera, there's no visual display...all the other readings(# of exp's, picture quality, etc) are show but nothing thru the viewer. When i press the snap button it always displays 'low light' and when i take the picture it displays only a dark screen but does save it anyway. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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The message flashing on the camera is "EXP SIM", which indicates that the lighting conditions for the current shot are not optimal for displaying an image on the back screen and the screen is showing an EXPosure SIMulation of what the final picture -should- look like based on the camera's best guess.
"Expo Sim" (Exposure Simulation) shows what your picture would look like with your chosen settings. For example, put the camera in full manual mode, start Live View, start turning dials and you'll see changes in the look.
the image in the LCD monitor will darken in strong sunlight or bright light. This is normal occurrrence in device CCDs and does not contitute a malfunction. This image will not be recoded when shooting still photos, but it will be recorded wihen shooting movies.Read you owner manual and adjust the MENU, according with your o. manual.Otherwise you must go the repair shop God bless you
You have changed the resolution on your camera to a lower setting. A lower setting will allow you get more pictures on your camera's memory card but the quality will be very much lower. How you change this will vey much depend on your camera. Read the manual and/or post the model here.
Depending on camera model the setting might be called large or show
L M S (large medium small options). Also up the quality by setting the quality to fine or super fine.
Bring it in to a camera shop and ask for help or bestbuy or some such store that specialises in electronics - i'd be surprised if they didn't fix it for you in about 5 minutes - don't let them sell you another camera or more accessories with out getting a second/third opinion.
You are simply in blackout mode. This is so at night you aren't blinded by the glow of a screen. Here are instructions right from the manual to turn on or off.
Blackout Mode On and Off
When Blackout mode is turned on, the monitor display will turn off to
reduce power consumption.
This additional power enhances the sound quality.
1 Touch [VISUAL] on the main source screen.
The VISUAL selection screen is displayed.
2 Touch [OFF].
The backlit-display portion goes out.
3 Touch [OFF] again to cancel the display backlight.
• To make the setting, set to “Setting the VISUAL Touch Button” (page
• If any button on the unit is pressed during Blackout mode, the
function will be displayed for 5 seconds to show the operation before
returning to Blackout mode.
• While the backlighting is turned off, the function indicator
I have a sony cybershot DSC-S650, the LCD was very dark and could not
see anything except if I pointed it at a bright object, everything else
worked ok. I could take pictures but could barely see them in playback
I took it to Sony authorised repair outlet and was told
the CCD was damaged, they charged me USD $55 to repair it (in Quito,
The display can only show 3 numbers, so when the memory card can hold over 1000 pictures you will see a "1.0" with a little "K" above and to the right of the 0. Let's say that you have a 2gig memory card and you have your picture quality set to JPEG Normal, you might see 1.0 indicating 1000 available image spots available. If you set to JPEG basic it will say 1.9 meaning 1.9 thousand or 1900 images. With a 2gig card you will see it drop below 1000 if you set your quality to RAW or JPEG fine.
When you say it's displayed on the screen, do you mean while it's in playback mode, it's embedded there?
If not, you will have to put your resoltion in postcard mode and make sure in menu that your date or date/time stamp is turned on.
To get to your resolution settings, turn camera on to shooting mode, hit function/set button and arrow down to the bottom left corner where it will show your resolution (L,M,S, etc) and this is where you will find postcard mode.
This setting is the only one you can use date time stamp and will show up in prints, but only good for 4 x 6 prints, anything larger will not be good resolution, it will be pixelated because it's only enough quality for a small print.
CCD malfunction, common with Sony manufactured CCD chips. You are in luck, its a free repair regardless of warranty date. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044#