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LCD Screen Okay, Like an idiot, I turned off my LCD screen, long ago, so that I could use the viewfinder since both cannot be used at once. I would simply like to know HOW TO TURN THE LCD SCREEN BACK ON!!! it has driven me crazy, the book doesn't help, I have gone through resetting to default settings and nothing. I think I have really changed something in the setup and I hope I can reverse it. Anyone with a solution??? Please??? Driven Crazy by cam Rebecca

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  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    I'm afraid the problem is MUCH deeper and more like a setting issue....need real technical support. I have removed the battery MANY times because I still use the camera, just need to use the viewfinder, arrrgh, Would Like The LCD Screen back. Anyone else have a suggestion?

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    I have reset this camera to default settings hoping the screen would come back but it did not even when returned to default settings....No live View Option - it seems to be much more of a complex camera, than that....

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    thanks for pointing me toward site but that is not the problem.

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    I did that, both regular settings and custom settings - screen still did not come back but all other settings were returned to normal.

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    no That is not what I am trying to do, I am well aware that it needs to be one or the other when taking pictures. There is a series of settings that shut off the screen so the viewfinder can be used. I did that but I can not reverse the process so the screen comes back.....

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    On this model, I know I cannot use the viewfinder and the screen at the same time, when I first got the camera, it was set up with the screen working. i went through a series of steps explained in the manual in order to use the viewfinder, shutting off the screen. Now I cannot get the screen back!

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    why would the computer software have anything to do with the settings on the camera?
    And holding did do NOTHING.

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    i am speaking about the screen viewer

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    it is a setting issue because I was able to turn off the screen to use the viewfinder but not able to reverse the setting process and there seems to be no help in the manual.

  • Rpalay Jul 07, 2008

    yes, I have found that also, unfortunately, this is not what I am trying to accomplish. I just want to turn the screen back on so that I can say...film movies and watch what I am filming w/out having to hold the camera to my face. When I first bought it I was able to use the screen and then I did a series of steps because I wanted to try with the viewfinder...now I only want to turn the screen back on for view purposes not picture taking purposes.....It is very confusing.

  • Rpalay Jul 08, 2008

    I really have tried everything that the manual says, restoring default settings, restoring custom settings and it is rather distressing because I know that it is a setting that I set and I can't remember the sequence nor reverse it...

  • Rpalay Jul 08, 2008

    and to fix I would need to bring to a repair shop?

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See this knowledge base article at Canon: http://canoncanada.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/canoncanada.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=5512&p_created=1159803947&p_sid=8S1Ukf8j&p_accessibility=0&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MTImcF9wcm9kcz0xMywyNzEmcF9jYXRzPTAmcF9wdj0yLjI3MSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX2ZubCZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PWxjZA**&p_li=&p_topview=1

Most dSLR cameras from previous generation cannot use the LCD to compose shots as the imaging sensor in the camera si CMOS based and not CCD like most point and shoot cameras. I beleive newer dSLRs have rectified the problem but not in your EOS-20D. So you may think you changed a setting but in fact what you are trying to do is impossible.

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Please use these links:


http://www.advancecamera.com/repair/

http://www.precisioncamera.com/


Good luck.....

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The solution provided by voodoomox must help i think

have you tried pressing the DISP or DISPLAY button once or twice??

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Your computer may be in powersave mode, try typing something or moving the mouse

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See this link from canon support under EOS 20 D support:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=215&modelid=10464

Issue: How do I use the LCD as a viewfinder?
Solution: Due to the design of the camera, this feature is not available.

Due to the design of the camera, this feature is not available. For this feature to be available, the camera must be capable of flipping the reflex mirror up, open the shutter, and read a live signal from the camera's LCD. Unfortunately this is not possible on this model.

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    Patrick McGee Jul 08, 2008

    You are trying to do somehing that the mechanic's of the camera won't allow, there is nothing wrong with the camera so bringing it to a repair shop will do nothing other than waster your time. Your model of camera is not designed with that feature as many experts have already stated.



    Due to the design of the camera, this feature is not available. For this feature to be available, the camera must be capable of flipping the reflex mirror up, open the shutter, and read a live signal from the camera's LCD. Unfortunately this is not possible on this model!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hello Rpalay,

Did you already tryed changing the battery? Or recharging the current one?

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    Santiago Vallejo Jul 07, 2008

    Rpalay,


    follow this link.
    If it dosent help you, let me know and i will further assist you

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/contro...

    Dahaka

  • Santiago Vallejo
    Santiago Vallejo Jul 07, 2008

    I think your current problem is that your LCD panel backlight is turned to 0.


  • Santiago Vallejo
    Santiago Vallejo Jul 07, 2008

    From canon's website


    The LCD panel is provided with illumination.
    Each time you press the <> button, the LCD panel illumination will turn on () or off. Use it to read the LCD panel in the dark. The illumination will turn off automatically after the shot is taken.

    Following this link you will see a detailed picture.
    http://usa.canon.com/app/images/service_...

    Dahaka



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    Santiago Vallejo Jul 08, 2008

    @ maklean.

    i doubt that is going to work since i posted that solution here first, and he say "thx for trying"
    why do you come back again with the same solutions other have already posted?

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Well if this is a canon point and shoot or dslr, you may press the display button twice and that should turn the LCD back on.

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Its in your tools options. I'll look it up on my Canon and post back.

Worldvet

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    Glenn Rogers Jul 07, 2008

    It is highly likely that your camera is SLR only, and this my explain why you can't find a compose via LCD panel. My Canon EOS won't, even though I was confused as we have three digital and two SLR film cameras here. We're outdoor photographers and shoot for magazines by assignment in Nevada.

    Sorry, but until these camera have OLCD or organic liquid crystal displays you will still always face the washed out LCD panel in daylight conditions. Kodak (naturally) bought into the patent for OLCD technology but the military is still using it in military fields. OLCD is not affected by sunlight, it is like looking at a photo in a magazine in daylight conditions because the organic molecules that make up the red, blue and green pixels are not back lit.

    Sorry.
    Worldvet


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    Glenn Rogers Jul 07, 2008

    Hi,

    If you would be willing to give me/us some time we can get you an answer. Sorry, I thought your camera was close enough to my EOS to be the same, but apparently not.

    We/I will get your problem solved.

    Thanks for your patience,
    Worldvet


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 07, 2008

    Sometimes our category selector doesn't always offer the actual models someone's has.

    Are you actually referring to the EOS 20D camera?

    The Canon web site at this page. Is resulting in this messge when I asked "How do I use the LCD as a viewfinder?

    Issue: How do I use the LCD as a viewfinder?
    Solution: Due to the design of the camera, this feature is not available.

    Due to the design of the camera, this feature is not available. For this feature to be available, the camera must be capable of flipping the reflex mirror up, open the shutter, and read a live signal from the camera's LCD. Unfortunately this is not possible on this model.


    If you feel this answer from Canon is not correct based on what you stated to us above you may contact Canon support at the below phone number.


    For toll-free technical support, please call 1 (800) 828-4040 during regular business hours (currently Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. EST, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., excluding holidays).


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There should be a live view option in your settings. Turn this on to have the LCD on to take pictures.

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    Frank Gant Jul 07, 2008

    The manual states on page 32 "The LCD Monitor Can Not Be Used As A Viewfinder For Shooting."

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    Frank Gant Jul 07, 2008

    Is this what you're trying to do? Use the LCD as a viewfinder? With that model that function doesn't exist per the manual on page 32.

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    Frank Gant Jul 07, 2008

    A new use for the rear LCD is previewing your shot in Live View mode. We first saw this excellent feature on the 1D Mark III. Basically, you can preview your 40D shot just like on a typical point and shoot camera. Enable Live View (a menu option - I leave mine enabled), press the "Set" button (which raises the mirror and opens the shutter) and see the image live on the LCD. Live View focus is manual-only with one exception. During Live View, the "AF-ON" button can be pressed to enable autofocusing (the mirror temporarily lowers to make this happen).

  • Frank Gant
    Frank Gant Jul 07, 2008

    that info is for the 40d. The 20d does not have the ability to do that as the mirror doesn't move.

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Try removing battery, it reset many models

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    Ginko Jul 07, 2008

    check the option for superimposed display as illustrated at page 144 of

    INSTRUCTION MANUAL
    do also reset all custom functions as in page 140 of the manual.



  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 07, 2008

    Check bottom of page 140. Resetting all custom function should fix it. Follow the instructions.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    Did you reset custom functions?
    If you tried all suggestions and display is not working at all it can be a faulty lcd display, in this case you need to contact a service, in this case follow instructions on the last pages of your owner manual to get a service in your area.


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    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    also copy and paste, or type here the instructions you followed to disable display, it can help us to understand the problem.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    try also restoring camera default settings procedure, at page 32 of user manual.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    If you do not try procedures in the manual we are not going anywhere. do both reset suggested at page 32 and page 144 of this manual.
    If they do not work, it is not just a matter of settings, there is not much else to say.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    If you reset both settings, then there is a fault, or the lcd or one of the buttons, it coincided with your setting change by chance.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    Also check that the display button is not stuck, eventually keep it pressed for ten seconds.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    If there is a part to diagnose and eventually replace, then it is better to take it to a repair shop. Taking apart the camera require experience, unless you want tto risk causing further damage to the camera.
    In case the problem it is just a matter of settings (it should not at this point), you can try having it done at the shop bank, sometimes even for free. Unfortunately if I do not think this can be fixed just by pressing a couple of buttons.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 08, 2008

    Let us know if you need further help.

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