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Nothing appears in view finder or on screen when recording

We turned on our Handycam and nothing appears in the view finder or on the screen. There are no error messages appearing, and it will record and take pictures, but we can't see anything - almost like a lens cap is covering the lens, but there is no lens cap! We tried adjusting the brightness, but that didn't help. Any ideas? I have a TVR245E Sony Digital Vidio Camera Recorder. All funtions working. Sound, Playback, Pre - Recorded Tapes. Now no vision when recording although the lens reads Standby and Rec. read operating instructions on Types of trouble and how to correct but none of them apply to my problem. Charged battery, Set the clock, and pressed the re-set button. Look at the menu. Can not discover or solve the problem. PLEASE HELP ! !

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  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    We have the same problem with our Sony. We turn it on and it looks like the lens cap is on. Now and again it will operate properly and then back to blank. This is both in the viewfinder and the LCD screen. There are no error messages

  • jijumann Jan 01, 2009

    No images appear in viewfinder or lcd when recording, which is exactly what is recorded- a black screen- sound works, all other camera function seem to operate OK

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    I've recently had exactly the same problem with my Sony camcorder. It's worth contacting them because if the fault is with the CCD they will repair free of charge - even the cost of returning the faulty item is free (freepost address)

  • shane_88 Apr 11, 2009

    My Sony DCR-PC101E also have the same problem.Sony recall because of the ccd failure. we should contact them.to find out more just search Google for Sony recall and type the camcorder model.

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Can you record images but not see them in the viewfinder, or are your recorded images blank? Can you see prerecorded stuff? Sounds like a CCD malfunction, Sony had a recall, look into it as it affected hundreds of different models of digital cameras and camcorders.

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