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Black screen can access old pics and menus, but only a black screen appears when i want to take new pics

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This problem is caused by a stuck shutter assembly. Normally the shutter is open which allows light to enter the image sensor and show you the live preview you see on the screen. When you take a picture the shutter closes which allows the image sensor to record what was seen at the exact moment the shutter closed. The shutter is stuck closed, causing the image sensor to always be in the dark. These shutter assemblies are extremely small and delicate. The miniature parts can become jammed with just the slightest bit of oil or contaminant, or the slightest misalignment of components. The problem can sometimes be fixed by gentle tapping of the camera on a solid surface. If you are going to try this be VERY careful, and do not tap the camera on the buttons, lens, or battery door. If this does not solve your problem then the camera is going to have to be taken apart and the shutter cleaned and reset to allow free movement. This repair costs $125 to $145.

Posted on Jun 16, 2007

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PER007 in solution #3 is correct.

  • Follow the URL: http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images/nikonusa/service_advisory/launch_all.html
  • Fill out the form
  • Mail in your camera if it's listed
  • Receive your working unit free of charge
I had the same problem with my CoolPix5400 and this resolved the issue.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007

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