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No picture through viewer or on screen

Everything seems to work but cannot see subjects through the viewfinder or on the screen batterys charged up been through menu all swiched on

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This model was sold under the name ZR70MC in the US. There is a Canon Service Notice which covers this model worldwide. The US version is here. Canon will repair your unit at no cost regardless of warranty status. Contact your regional Canon service agency.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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When in video recording mode LCD screen and viewfinder are black when the lens cap is off.


It could one of a few problems:

1. The viewfinder is pulled out and "PRIORITY" is set to "FINDER".

Push the viewfinder back in or set "PRIORITY" to "LCD".

2. The LCD monitor's brightness setting is too dark.

Adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor.

3. If the monitor is tilted upward 180 degrees, open the monitor fully.

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Nothing comes through to my viewfinder. Everything else seems to work fine.


If pictures are coming through to your screen, then the ribbon cable to the viewfinder has probably broken( they are quite brittle with age on this model). Can you see if it's broken when you hinge the viewfinder up? Replacement of the ribbon cable is the only viable option.

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Not seeing anything through the viewfinder when switched on


Most cameras and video recorders now display picture either through the viewfinder or the LCD screen.
Your camera model allows the same. Although if you turn the lcd screen towards the subject (screen faces the same direction as the lens) then the viewfinder switches on.

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Nothing comes hrough the viewfinder


I jsut posted on this same problem. If you can playback a tape and see the picture, but can't see anything on the camera, the camera has a stuck iris assembly. It is caused by the iris actuator (a small motor like device) leaking oil on to the two slippery sheets of plastic that slide over one another to act as the iris. A good tech can pull the iris assembly out of the camera and clean it, but some techs will only do what Sony recommends, which is replacing the lens assembly (very expensive)

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Mine had the same problem and the repair shop replaced the faulty LCD screen uni, now it's fine again.

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Recording problem


Knowledge Article C116445
There is no picture or a black screen appears in the viewfinder or LCD when attempting to record. Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if there is no picture or a black screen appears in the viewfinder or LCD when attempting to record. NOTES:
  • Because each of these steps represents a possible solution to this issue, check the viewfinder or LCD status after completing each step.
  • It may be necessary to refer to the operating instructions provided with the camcorder for information on how to perform a task on your specific model.
  1. Ensure the lens cap on the front of the camcorder has been removed.
  2. Ensure a fully-charged battery is inserted in the camcorder.
  3. Ensure the STANDBY/LOCK switch is set to the STANDBY position.
  4. Turn on the camcorder and set it to the CAMERA mode.
  5. Look to see if an image can be seen in the viewfinder or LCD.
  6. IMPORTANT: Some camcorders have both a viewfinder and LCD. To conserve power, the viewfinder and LCD will not display at the same time. To use the viewfinder, the LCD must be closed.
  7. If the issue is not resolved, reset the camcorder to factory specifications.
NOTE: If the issue is still unresolved after completing the troubleshootin

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Defective ccd imager!! company will replace this ccd imager free of charge. Year 2002 up to 2005 released unit has a factory defect ccd imager. the company recalled those units and replaced with a stronger version of ccd imager ( they are still doing it). check it out.

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No picture in LCD or viewfinder


Flexwire in electronic viewfinder (EVF) is broken, you need pro fix.

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