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Check whether the LCD screen is bad or not. The best way to do this is to take a picture and download it to PC. If the picture is good, then LCD is bad. Replace LCD. Cheapest way to replace is to do it yourself. Buy a junk camera through EBAY, which has good LCD. You may be able to find one very cheap. Buy a screwdriver set for $1 from dollar store. Remove the case by removing a few screws. Once the case is opened, LCD can be removed easily.
Screens for the Z1275 can be found on Ebay for as little as $20 w/shipping. The rear case of the camera is held in place with 5 screws, one of which is under the left side panel (looking from the rear). Make sure the battery and SD card are removed before starting. Remove the right side panel by removing the two black screws and by opening the battery door it will help give you access to lift it away. Remove one chrome screw on the bottom back and one black screw the bottom left holding the left side panel in place. Slide the left side panel downward and remove the last screw underneath. The rear case is now held in place by several snap-fit points around the edge. Using a small nylon pry tool, strong fingernail, or a small flat screwdriver, work your way around the case and carefully pry the sides and bottom enough to release the rear case. Once the back is removed you can release the LCD from its frame by gently prying the frame around the LCD and lifting it up to gain access to the ribbon cables attaching it to the circuit board. The larger cable is held in place by a locking bar on the socket that has to be lifted to release it. Using care not to break it, pry the bar up so that it pivots 90 degrees. The smaller cable uses a slider that can be released by pushing the two tabs on either side of the socket toward the cable until it stops (only a millimeter or two). At this point the cables should slide out quite easily. Reverse the procedure to install the replacement LCD.
This is new.
I see that according to the illustration, there is no Optical Viewfinder- thus you need the the screen to compose the images -
Is this correct?
As this camera is new to you carefully read up the instruction manual - especially the set up routine.
If after a day or so you are still in trouble - take it back to the store for replacement.
Do not interfere with the camera.