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Image does not appear on screen or viewfinder ,, menu items do come up backup battery is dead ,, does it need back up battery to see image?

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The purpose of the back-up battery is only to provide power to the Date/Time feature and to keep the cameras settings while you change the main battery. It will not affect the cameras basic operation.

The problem you describe is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. Try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be repaired qualified service technician.

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