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Will not take pictures

When you turn camera on you can preview pictures already taken but cannot see anything in viewfinder or take a new picture. camera was not dropped or missused . probably has not even taken 100 pictures since new.had memory card checked and it was ok also installed new batteries. stil no go.

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2007

    Camera has been working fine until today. Went to an event and took about 12 pictures. When reviewing at home only the first shot took. All the rest are mainly blurred purple wavy lines with black on left side of picture (on lcd screen). Recharged batteries and inserted another memory card. Took new pictures. Problem still there. Advise please.

  • HBROOKLYN Nov 06, 2007


  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2007

    Same problem with my camera any fix?

  • OldGrayMare Dec 12, 2007

    can view previous pictures, now no display, cannot take pictures even with viewfinder

    tried replacing batteries, checked all menus for a display off setting. Never dropped, never problems before.

  • gljaasca Dec 13, 2007

    I have the same problem as Camera Shy's except that when I view pictures previously taken, I see the picture plus some little images that look like small white mountains. Each white image is a different shape as I scroll through the pictures.



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