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LED screen My LED screen won't work when I'm taking a picture, but works when I'm reviewing images. Help! It happened once before and spontaneously started working again, but i need it to work now.

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Woohoo! Thanks for the solution. I was so bummed...I thought I was going to have to send my camera back, and it's almost vacation time! Thanks!

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

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Re: LED screen

Try pressing the "DISP" button. Your camera might be set to use the view finder instead of the LCD screen. Also, your camera will automatically turn off the LCD screen after one minute, just any button other than OFF to restore. Also, check to see if the LCD screen is firmly pressed back into the camera; you should hear a slight click or snap noise when it is done correctly. Good luck.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007

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From your description, it sounds to me like the image sensor within the camera went bad.
This can happen from a few things:
  • Camera dropped
  • Moisture
  • Rattling around in a bag or suitcase
  • Knocking into things while in the pocket
  • Leaving it powered on in the pocket
  • Prolonged exposure to bright lights
Try taking a picture while the camera is in picture mode even if you can't see what it is of, then either review the pictures to see if what you just took shows up without issues or transfer it to your computer.
If you can see a picture afterwards when reviewing your images, then it sounds like the firmware may have gotten corrupted. In this case, you should update the cameras firmware using this LINK.
If you cannot see the image you just took, or it has those same purple lines, then it is a hardware problem and can only be fixed by replacing the camera or by sending it in for repair.
Even if you cannot see the image you just took, I would suggest going ahead with the firmware update to see if it works.

Mar 01, 2011 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T1 Digital Camera

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I'm suddenly having an issue w/ my new D3000. When shooting, the image doesn't show on the screen. It does appear after shooting for review, but when taking the photo, the screen is black/grey. I haven't...

If you've really been seeing the image before taking the shot, then there was something seriously wrong with your camera which now appears to have fixed itself. The D3000 doesn't have the LiveView feature. The screen is for the menu and reviewing images you've already taken.

Nov 18, 2010 | Nikon Digital Cameras

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When I take a picture it looks fine on the screen. When I then review my pictures there are red lines going through the picture.


The problem is due to CCD/CMOS (the chip that physically captures light and creates the digital image) has broken. If this is the case , a repair would cost approximately $80-$130. This is the most common problem for a camera that takes blank/lines in images but where the menu display functions and old photo's display normally.Please confirm that these stripes are normally behind the menu's. Check to see if the new images are downloaded correctly and if the video function works normally. If this does not work, it supports the idea that the chip has gone.Take it to a repair,if the CCD has to be replaced then a new or refurbished camera would cost only slightly more.

Thank you !!

Jun 21, 2010 | Kodak EasyShare M853 Digital Camera

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I have a Nikon D60 camera. Switched it on today and there is no image in the LED display when I try to take a picture, the screen is black.

That's normal for the D60. It works the same way SLRs have worked for half a century: you view and compose through the optical viewfinder, then snap the picture. The D60 lacks the Live View feature of more recent dSLRs; the LCD (not LED) display on the back is for menus, settings, and reviewing pictures after you've taken them. It is not for composing and framing your pictures.

Apr 01, 2010 | Nikon D60 Digital Camera

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Black screen while shooting, but still taking pictures not black

Nonononooooo fotomohamed, he can review just taken pictures on the LCD. The screen is working.

Actually, it sounds like you just accidentally pressed the DISPLAY button on the back of your camera. This manually turns the screen on and off in picture taking mode to save batteries (you would then use optical viewfinder). Just press it once and it should turn back on.

Jun 19, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera

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Can't turn off/disable optimize image screen- nikon d80

Ok, all you need to do is:

1.Hold the camera normally like you would take a picture.

2.Turn it on and review a picture.

3. While looking at a picture, take your index (pointer) finger and rotate the front "wheel" right under the shutter release button. This switches the viewing mode, and should solve your problem.

Jan 12, 2009 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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SonyCyberShot DSC W80

If u r unable to see live picture on LCD screen in camera mode, it means CCD Imager of camera isn't working. Contact nearest Sony service shop for proper solution because it requires CCD Imager replacement.

Jun 07, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 Digital Camera

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LCD screen not working

You will be pleased to hear there is nothing wrong with your camera, that's the way it is I'm afraid, there is no live preview on most dSLR's except the most recent, most expensive models..

It took me a while to get used to the idea after using compacts for a few years, but we were quite happy with the viewfinders on our film SLR's...

Happy snappin

Jun 06, 2008 | Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi Digital Camera

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No image -- just colors on led and photo

I found the same fault, but for me it is intermittent. I have tried all sorts of things to clear it, but the best seems to be leave it turned off for a while. I bought my Ixus 400 in Sept 03 and the fault started in Jun 07. It shows already taken pictures with no problem on review on the LED screen, but the screen blurs (with motion) and records that same blurred image.

Sep 28, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S400 / IXUS 400 Digital...

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Viewing is fine, taking pictures is not

This sounds like what started happening with my camera a few weeks ago. I found that turning the LCD screen off during picture-taking allows me to take pictures. I then have to go into review mode to look at the pictures I took using the LCD screen. Definitely not a great fix. I'm trying to locate a firmware upgrade that may solve it.

Sep 01, 2006 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W1 Digital Camera

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