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When I turn on the Z1U, the LCD shows no image but

When I turned on the Z1U, the LCD shows no image but all the on screen info is working on a black background as if I left the lens shade shutter closed. ND filters are off. The Z1U has shot over 70 weddings without any problem. It was tipped over from the tripod 2 years ago and cracked the audio input housing. It was repaired and worked fine until now. Please help.

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  • Dave Gardner Jun 22, 2013

    Mine has just begun to exhibit the same symptom. Shows and records black. Shows and records bars. Just won't make a picture. Did you ever resolve this issue?

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It's the flexible ribbon cable that feeds the LCD. Most likely to be the (leadless) solder that Sony's forced to use between PCB and ribbon these days. Shouldn't be an expensive repair.
It happen to me in few of my Sony cameras .

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The Sony has had some problems with the LCD screen since models made about 2004, so if your camera was made since that time.

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  • londi_m Feb 14, 2014

    it's the flexible ribbon cable that feeds the LCD. Most likely to be the (leadless) solder that Sony's forced to use between PCB and ribbon these days. Shouldn't be an expensive repair.

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