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I cannot see subjects to be photografted through the viewfinder or the lcd panel. THe lens acap is off and the battery is full. The lcd panel shows the time and date , etc.

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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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