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Black screen cannot view picture i am taking on screen--solid black

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  • Soccermom1 Mar 14, 2008

    I am having problems with my camera also. When I turn it on only a black screen appears.


  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    hi, i turned on and i got black screen with number 62 at the right lowest part of the screen. if i take photos without using LCD, it's recorde but nothing in it




  • jondi Apr 12, 2008

    When we turn on the camera the screen is black & the # 181 appears on the bottom right of the screen. You can view any older pictures on the memory card but the new pictures come out black. I have removed the card ,put in new batteries, and tried turning the camera in various different positions. flat on it's back -upside down etc.

  • Jenny Witcraft
    Jenny Witcraft May 11, 2008

    Contacted tech support today. He agrees that sensor is probably bad but claims mine is not covered by their CCD Sensory Image Advisory and I should send it in for repair evaluation. Camera was purchased 6/11/06. I'd appreciate help getting Canon to repair what I'm sure is a faulty part.

  • herblady May 12, 2008

    The screen is black except for the setting icons and #1043 in lower right corner. No image on the screen. The camera takes the picture and I can view it in playback. I looked through the user guide, I asked some friends, I went through the menu and other manual settings, and searched the web for answers. Only found "a completely black screen indicating it might be a cracked LCD". This doesn't fit my problem.

  • hornet rab May 16, 2008

    my is

  • hornet rab May 16, 2008

    my lumix dmc-fx8 has a black screen when i switch

    it on,it works fine and still takes pictures but i cant view my screen,can anybody help


  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

    cannot view thr the screen

  • Party of 6 May 21, 2008

    Have loved my DMC-TZ3 until now! I turn it on and it just show a black screen. I am able to take a picture, but have no visual of what I am shooting. Pictures show up on computer when I plug it in. I'm at a loss - purchased camera in summer of 07. Any advice?

  • happyhnybee May 23, 2008

    I have Canon Power Shot A300

    The LCD monitor is blank and it will not zoom in when taking a picture.

    The pictures when printed, turn out fine.

  • filelus May 27, 2008

    My Panasonic Lumix DMC- FX9 screen went black. No images are visible. Is this the back light? if so, how expensive is it to fix?

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008


  • keady4 May 31, 2008

    the screen stays black on my canon powershot sd630. menu and setup display when prompted, but no picture. tried snapping a few photos anyway and all turn out black like the screen. is my camera shot? any suggestions?

  • kcampbell22 Jun 02, 2008

    the screen stays black on my Nikon Coolpix S4 Digital Camera, menu and setup display when prompted, but no picture. tried snapping a few photos anyway and all turn out black like the screen. is my camera shot?

  • Geen 50 Jun 02, 2008

    In shooting mode the display screen is black and pictures taken are black. This problem does not seem to be covered by the trouble shooting part of the manual and I do not have the know how to fix it.


  • dindyewais Jun 20, 2008

    When I'm trying to take pictures the screen shows upp black I don't know what I'am taking pictures off

  • vfoster26 Jun 23, 2008

    When I turn on my camera in shooting mode the screen is solid black except for a square in the middle. Any suggestions? I have tried everything I can think of to rectify the problem. If I take a picture anyway the picture comes out black.

  • erikrandal Jul 04, 2008

    When I'm trying to take pictures the screen shows upp black I don't know what I'am taking pictures of

  • texas_picass Jul 12, 2008

    I can see the pictures that I have previously taken, but I can't see the picture that i want to take. It is only a black screen.

  • KAPGuy Jul 14, 2008

    Screen is black when I turn on camera. Pictures taken are black.

    Called Olympus. They said send it in, but I don't want to pay the shipping and find out it is an expensive repair. Over a year old and out of warranty. Looking at new cameras, since don 't know what it costs to repair.

  • Anonymous Jul 18, 2008

    Black Kodak EasyShare M753. When i turn it on the screen is black. The pictures also turn out black too. I dont know what happened to it and i dont know when the warranty ends or how i can get it fixed. Help?

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  • cluffy Jul 20, 2008

    black screen when turned on. No image in viewfinder after taking a picture. When in playback mode it will show previously taken pictures but nothing when a new picture is taken? I have tried taking a 15 second exposure and removing the batteries after 7 seconds and putting them back in again, as recommended but it doesnt work for me.

  • maezette Jul 25, 2008

    i also have this kind of prob. my ixus seems to work fine with all of the menus except in shooting, that black screen. please help.

  • bobbywho_4k Jul 30, 2008

    Seems like the iris doesn't open. Turns on, makes noise, can see the setup screen, but no picture in view finder or screen.

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    i have the same problem.  the display is black in picture mode but i can review previously taken photos and all the menus seem to be ok.  Please help!

  • korolev Aug 05, 2008

    my goodness.. i have the same problem with my lumix fx8 and i'm pretty sure that it's the backlight which went bad.

    can we all have a petition or massive complain to get some attention. i've always believed in panasonic products and unless they do something... consumers should boycott them!

    they are selling products with very short lifespan and the cost of repairing them would get you a new camera.

    kevlin (singapore)

  • Anonymous Aug 10, 2008

    my fx9 also has this black screen issue ... how to take pic if we cant see wat we are taking?

  • stevedrums Aug 20, 2008

    i'm able to view the shot i'm about to take on finepix f30 but after taking pic, screen goes black. cannot see pictures or menu. to get screen lit again, have to press up button and then same thing occurs time after time.

    any ideas?


  • nezsy0408 Sep 01, 2008

    Cannot view picture i am taking on screen--solid black, i already have it diagnose in Sony Service Center here in our place, and they told me that it is its motherboard? Just want to hear some second opinion on this matter.. tnx


  • zizou_31dz Sep 26, 2008

    I have the same problem. the display is black in picture mode but i
    can review previously taken photos and all the menus seem to be ok. I sent it to canon in Paris in order to change CCD default (as they explained in Canon website), but they told me that powershot S2IS is not concerned by free reparation, they repair just S1IS model. What should I do?Please help!

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  • daves1734 Sep 29, 2008

    Screen is Black, but I can see the pictures on my storage card, Cannot take a picture. Nothing I do gets me a clean screen.

  • rdbb Oct 01, 2008

    I have the same problem. Screen is black for taking a picture or recording movie, review is black. if recording a movie i can here vocals replay, but screen black. I can review older pics, show slides of older pics.. Also had E:91:01 error, but ran initialize and the flash now works. Screen still black for pics. Everything seems to be ready to work except the actual picture taking. Assistance? (Sony Cybershot DSC-T100)

  • laquana_prin Oct 04, 2008

    My screen is black also. I can view old pictures. Does anyone know how to fix this problem or should I just bite the bullet and buy a new camera?

  • abustaif Oct 12, 2008

    I have the same problem. Screen is black for taking a picture or
    recording movie, review is black. if recording a movie i can here
    vocals replay, but screen black.

  • kayecee1111 Nov 29, 2008

    what if i lose my receipt?can i give them my camera to fix it the black screen problem?

  • xeroxinsider Mar 09, 2009

    I have same problem with A540. I called Canon and they said the CCD is not under warranty for this model. i am sending it back to them for review

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    Same problem. Black screen while trying to take a photo, but can still review photos in memory.



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Hi, I had the same problem, there is a little button at the bottom that says DISP, click on that and the black screen disappears. It worked with me.

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I had the same problem and sent it back to canon. They replaced the faulty CCD under warranty as there has beem a manuf. fault, even though the camera is two years out of warrenty...... GO CANNON!!!

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