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Canon XL1s Viewfinder image gone

When I turn my camera on I can see an image then within 1 minute it starts to look like paint running down a wall then just shows small particles of the inmage in very bizarre colours...
was filoming one night at a concert and it started to do this mid way through. The picture on tape is fine and I can monitor externally okay.... is this gonna cost me nearly £1000 to replace????

darren@robertson-cook.co.uk

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  • Stanimal Feb 19, 2008

    Typical eh???.. thanks guys apreciat this... better go and sell a kidney then to replace it.,, bummer.

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Yeah, it sounds like the LCD has cracked at the bottom, or something. Since there is no pressure holding the liquid in the right place, it all settles at the bottom. (Hence the paint running down wall effect) soory to hear this dude :(

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