The LCD on my Z1 is blank or presents half a distorted image unless I face it towards the subject. When I face it towards the subject the picture is perfect. I I prefer using the viewfinder, but in certain situations it isn't my best option.
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Most cameras and video recorders now display picture either through the viewfinder or the LCD screen.
Your camera model allows the same. Although if you turn the lcd screen towards the subject (screen faces the same direction as the lens) then the viewfinder switches on.
Does your camera playback old recordings fine? and just can't show live view to record? If yes, then camera has problem of bad ccd imager and this part will be replaced. Sony announced free of cost repair scheme for subject problem. DCR-HC20E is PAL system camera so Sony Support UK can be visited for free of cost repair details as your camera model is listed there. If you live in different country, let me know to guide you further. Thank you.
Your Sony DCR-HC20E camera has defective CCDImager and needs to be replaced. Good news Sony UK (if you are in UK) will repair it free of cost. Please click Sony UK for details.
If you are some where else, please let me know to guide you.
you will ruin the video head for doing that the cleaner is very rough...forward a blank new tape 5 times as you needed......if nothing happen check the video head appearance maybe have crack or weak already....
i think i have a solution, still experimentinh on it. i have a drv model of sony handycam. it was showing a blank screen for quite few days. Sony service centre asked for 16,000 rupees to replace major parts.i declined and kept experimenting at home. i played the video and kept accessing the memory stick through lens and lcd screen simultaneously and switch off and on giving time gaps.
day 1- it was still blank.
day 2- ther was flickering when i switched on the cam. but i kept repeating this process of playinf video and turn it off wen it was getting very hot.
day 3- camera started showing images very wide.
day 4- it started capturing images properly. Voila!
but the images were dark and grainy.
this is the current status now. i hope it becums better.
i wish this works for your camcorders too.
All the best!