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Viewfinder and LCD screen only show black and record black

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If camcorder shows old recorded tapes picture with correct colors in LCD but does not show live view in camera mode to record new movie then its ccd imager chip failure.
And if camcoder shows live view and old recorded tapes in its eye piece view finder but does not show any thing in LCD the its problem of broekn/ cracked flexible wire between lcd board and main board of camcorder.
Let me know your finding with bit detail to provide you solution/ helpful info.

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  • fenglang Jan 26, 2011

    I have same issue with my DCR-HC30 which was bought in 2004. After about 2 years it went black screen, but menu and arrows are work fine, able to see pic in flash memory card but unable to record anything just black screen.

    After I look up online and believe its ccd imager chip failure.

    I called SONY at 800-282-2848, and press 4 for TVs, cameras and other consumer electronic support, then press 2 for digital cameras and camcorders, then press 2 for A handy cam camcorder, then one tech support talked with me, I explained to him that my DCR has black screen issue and request for shipping back to texas for repairing. He said that it will cost $169. I told him that it should be free because onine shows that lot DCR which has same issue and got repair for free, so I should get my DCR to be repair for free too. However, he said: "NO THERE IS NO PROGRAM THAT IS FREE FOR MY DCR, IT IS EXPIRED ALREADY, AND I MUST PAY FOR REPAIR OR THEY CAN NOT FIX MY DCR." (sound like he is ill-mannered) and hang my calling up quickly after I told him that well I would not buy SONY again ever!

    Oh! That is really bad experience with Sony tech support. I will swear that I will never buy damn SONY stuff again!

  • odalmyc Feb 16, 2011

    i just call them to that number because my camcorder has the same problem , and they wanted $193.16 to repair it . they are crazy. its all i can say sony you will go down if continue like that!

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    hassan alfadel Mar 26, 2014

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SOURCE: In Camera (Record) mode, does not show video at all, black screen

THIS IS YOUR CCD.. SAMSUNG IS VERY AWARE OF THIS BUT STILL CHARGES A ARM AND A LEG

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Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if there is no picture or a black screen appears in the viewfinder or LCD when attempting to record.
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* Because each of these steps represents a possible solution to this issue, check the viewfinder or LCD status after completing each step.
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I just had this issue with my camera (my 15 year old son solved it for me ;-) ).

The viewfinder was active in "record" mode and the LCD was "active" because you could see a little back light but no image. The "playback" mode would let me review pictures in the LCD though so I know it is capable of showing information.

If you push the display key/button a couple of times you can see the picture move from the viewfinder to the LCD and have just a picture and or a picture and information.

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