Folding screen back to compact position the screen goes blanK.
I can view photos nomally with flip screen extended out but if I want to fold it back and view in compact position the screen goes off and transfers to the view finder. I know this happens with screen folded away but this has always worked before if I want to have it in a compact mode with display screen available.
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A Camera Labs review of this camera, November 2008, states, "If the screen is folded back on itself, the DISP button only switches between the two EVF modes." (EVF = Electronic View Finder.) i.e. it is not affecting the screen at all. On my Canon 60D with a similar folding screen the same appears to be the case but, if I fold back the screen while it is functioning it works OK. Also, I noticed that pressing several other buttons on the back of the camera effects changes to the screen. Might be worth trying these on your camera.
Have you tried to take photos & then use the USB cable to download those trial photos? or take test photos and then swap your SD card into another SD card camera? The rear screen has all its electrics passing through a flat ribbon connector, as this is the only link to the main body of the camera. This ribbon folds over itself at 45 degrees within the case when the camera is assembled. This fold is OK until the camera is compressed accidently, when that fold in the ribbon may become a crease, and then one or more of the connections within the ribbon may fail at the crease, and while camera works otherwise, you have then lost function of the rear screen. Take some test photos & if they download OK, I'd suspect this ribbon connector is the problem. Camera Good, Screen not working. I currently have this problem with my R1v & have yet to see if a replacement ribbon connector is available from a Repair facility, so my help may only give you insight, without end-solution.
Unlike compact point and shoot cameras, Canon's range of EOS D-SLRs don't have the LCDs stay on all the time. The design of the SLR camera involves a mirror in front of the sensor. The mirror in its normal position inhibits the image to be captured by the image sensor. When you shoot, the mirror flips up for a split second and back to its rest position.
To use "Live View" (composing shots with the LCD), there is an option in the Menu to enable it. Once enabled, press the centre "Select" button behind the camera to activate the LCD. However, the camera can't Auto Focus for you in Live View mode so manual focusing input is required of the photographer.
So you can see images that are on the card from previous taking but not new?
Just to confirm - this is an optical SLR?
With a mirror that flips up when you press the button - is that right?
If so it souns like to mirror is not going up.
Can you hear it go up?