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No picyures camera will turn on but picture image is black and when picture is taken, it is black ... please help

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  • Fernando Tobar May 11, 2010

    If your camera is in good condition, so it has no damage, you should see the pictures on the PLAYBACK mode. If not, your camera is in serious trouble. If you can't see the images while in SHOOTING mode, this my be happening: Your display is turned off. Your picture revision after it was taken is off. Go to Menu, in shooting mode. Navigate to Review in the first tab (the camera icon) if it is OFF, change to on of the options in the sub menu. I suggest you to set in HOLD option. Ensure that the display is turned ON by pressing the DISP button. Select one of the two options for the display layout

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A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).

To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.

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