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Shutter When I press the shutter button and it takes the camera the screen goes black and stays then you hear a click and it will pop back up. Is there a setting I need to change?

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Hi:
Try this:
Go to the menu and or setup menu. RESET ALL.
See if the camera works right,
If not, set the menu like you may choose, then test.

If all fails, then there may be a problem with the ccd or sensor.
Go to:
http://vivitar.com/en-us/Support.aspx
Ask for your model.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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