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No display in viewfinder and LCD

The camcorder's viewfinder and LCD are both black when the camcorder is in Tape Mode. And yes, the lens is open. Both the viewfinder and LCD play back video in the Play/Edit mode. I also hit the reset button and that didn't work. Help, please! Thanks! no display in viewfinder or lcd when trying to operate the camera

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I think you are able too see the video in play back mode. so there is no problem in your LCD.
i think the CCD has got damaged in your CAM. that is why you are not able to view anything in shooting mode.
because CCD is the layer which converts the light falling on it to a electrical signal and shows us as a complete image.

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