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Purple lcd display

I just got my camera a week ago, but since this morning the display has been so very dark i can't see anything but outlines, and it's all purple. the pictures turn out dark and purple too. the lcd screen still works fine, i can view all of the old pictures and videos i took just fine.

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  • pmcrae1 Nov 15, 2007

    my camera has a dark red lcd, the pictures seem fine but can hardly see anything with the lcd. no warranty. cheap fix? any details? thanks kindly.

    ps> its a toshiba digital

  • Argh It Died Nov 25, 2007

    I have a similar (intermittent) problem with my Canon A70. Some pictures look great, but when the problem kicks in any photos taken appear mostly purple (both whilst taking the photos, then reviewing them). Existing good photos still look good, so it's probably the ccd or ccd sender at fault(?). Sometimes, not only does the picture go purple, but the whole image appears to be melting!

    I'd love to know how to fix this - I'm happy to strip the camera down if that's what is required.

  • jojosalmon Mar 29, 2008


    I bought one of these camera's..second hand off ebay and the lcd screen is very dark and any photos come out dark and purple..nice and moody granted but not great for general use :) The menus and everything are fine..just the photos purple.

    Obviously i have no warranty could someone explain how to get to the ccd sensor and what i would be looking for with regards fixing the problem please? The camera was cheap so i figure it has to be worth a go at fixing.


    Jo x



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Hello tonyj111, If your old pictures look fine on the display, then the problem is related to the ccd sensor itself. The purple color is displayed because of a problem in the signal transmision from the ccd sensor to the camera's main processor. This is done using 3 channels one for each primary color (RGB red green blue). If the connector to the sensor is broken, or got out of place (loose) because some mechanic shock or symilar, the data processing woun't come out right. It is purple because your camera's processor mess up blue and red signals therefore resulting same purple instead of blue or red colours. In order to fix this you will need to either send the camera to a service center to have those connections checked (if your camera is still in warranty you will want to do this) or ask me for further instructions if you wish to try to dissasemble the camera yourself. In either way the problem is fixable and in most probabilities a cheap fix will work. Good luck

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