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No picture in viewfinder or screen

I am unable to get a picture on the view finder or screen in the camera mode. All other functions appear to work, including play back of other tapes.

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Re: no picture in viewfinder or screen

The CCD imager is blown. Repair usually runs around $150-300.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007

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