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My camera's screen went blank just recently. It turns on and the screen icons come on but it seems there is no connectivity between the lens and screen.

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The black screen problem means the lens sensor is spoiled due to over exposure to heat. Its better to give it to Nikon service centre. If your camera is under warranty period its well and good they will replace the lens sensor for free of cost.


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Posted on Aug 01, 2010

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