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Nikon s6 coolpix

The camera turns on fine, batteries are charged and everything. but the screen is black. it acts as if it was going to take a picture but the screen does not change from a black screen as if the lens cap was on. and when i take the picture, it takes a black image. still a black screen. what do i do? i dont have insurance for it. my camera is a nikon coolpix s6. i bought six months ago. will i still be covered under a warranty?

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  • prodigy18 Jun 14, 2008

    yes i get the same black screen.

  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2008

    camera screen black, camera turns on but no color or picture. have tried resetting the camera and have checked all settings. still no picture and a black screen

  • Meysi Sep 03, 2008

    I have the same problem what can I do

  • rmp215 Dec 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. I am able to view pictures that were previously taken but when I take new pictures they are black. Have you had any luck finding a solution?

  • Lincoln99 Jan 05, 2009

    Hitting works!!! Unbelievable, thanks guys!

  • yocdier Feb 08, 2009

    My camera is fairly new just a few weeks old and i found out out of the blue that the screen has gone blank. I have tried the hitting. It came on for a short while and then its back to the same blank screen. So the hitting was just a placebo for a while. I need a real fix.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Check with Nikon.com on the warranty. They should be able to answer that question for you.



    If you plug it into an electrical outlet, does it do that same thing?

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Oh double my gosh! I had just finished reading every horrible posting on different websites regarding the Coolpix S6 and was about to just trash the camera when I found this posting. THANK YOU so much for taking the time to post this solution. I thought it might be a joke but then again, what could I lose? It absolutely worked. Unbelievable! My screen has been black for almost a year now and have been intending to try to get it in somewhere to be fixed, just haven't had time.

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This is amazing! at first I didnt believe the whacking would work. I tried hitting it with my fist/elbow etc but that didnt work, what worked for me:
1) with camera off lay it lcd side down on some carpet
2) fold a few pieces of newspaper up and cover the top of the camera (acts as a soft cover)
3) hit the camera(under the newspaper) with short sharp blows (i used my fire poker long ways)
this totally worked!!!

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

Oh my gosh please try hitting it!  Totally works!!!

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I would check with Nikon and see if it's covered under warranty still. There could be something going on with the CCD unit

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

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