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Nothing in viewfinder or on screen

I have aSony Handycam DCR-HC20 and it recently will only playback video. If i go into record mode nothing is visible through the viewfinder or on the lcd screen... Junk it or possible repair?

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Same thing happened to me. Seems to be 'common' although Sony says they have no recall on the CCD. Look around the forum and you will find others with the same problem.

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When I turn my camera on and try to record, nothing shows up on the screen.


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u need to rate for that ...ok dude

does your camera ..fall some where ?
huhhh

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get it checkd by some proffesional person only.

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