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Camera problem When you try to take pics or video, all that comes up in the viewer is a split black and white screen. The menu and features work fine, playback works fine as well, but if you try to take pics or video all you get is the split black and white screen.

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Re: camera problem

CCD sensor faulty and has to be replaced. Manufacturer will probably repair free of charge even if the camera is out of warranty. Worst case insist on paying only labor to have new CCD block installed ( not expensive : +- 1 hour for trained technician ).

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