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Cannot see screen or what has taped after taping it. What can I do to see the screen or to watch this tape? Any solutions? Sounds like it is taping and shows through screen like taping, just won't play back.

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The most likely cause for this is a damaged or defective flexible ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the camera body and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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