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I have an HVR-Z1U camcorder that has been working fine until last week. The LCD icons work and it records sound but there is no image from the lens showing on the tape, lcd or viewfinder. It's as if the lens cover is closed. Any ideas of what could cause this? or how to fix it?

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This is usually caused by a defective CCD image sensor and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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