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Sony DCR-TRV22E - no picture or sound on screen or viewfinder

In CAMERA mode, i get a black screen/viewfinder (with display information shown). When I record and use VCR mode to playback all I get is a black screen (all the on-screen controls work as normal).....any ideas ?

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  • ewmclean Jul 19, 2008

    Thanks, yes...lens is off.

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  • eriasterrell Nov 08, 2008

    I cannot see anything on my LCD nor can I see anything in my view finder?

    But everything works on touch screen and the VCR mode. Any suggestions?

  • nataliegriff Nov 10, 2008

    I have the same issue with my camera - did anyone get a resolution or get the camera fixed? If so how much did it cost?


  • milelk Nov 15, 2008

    I have the same problem, I didn't do anything to my camera - no dropping it or the like. One day I turned it on and it would only show black in the camera (record) mode - but plays any tape back fine in playback. All the settings are normal, my exposure is not turned all the way down, lens cap is off - all other settings on 'auto'.

    I'd love to know if there's a fix!

    Another forum had a user who mentioned that it might be the CCD chip degenerated - was an expensive repair - $AUD500 to replace the chip on a Sony DCR-TRV33E.

    I will try getting my camera checked out, but may as well buy a new one at that price - the DCR-TRV22E was not a very expensive camcorder.

  • Joe Coffaro Dec 03, 2008

    My problem is with black screen only no sound. I have no picture in record or play-back mode. Is this a simple cure?

  • sjenirah01 Dec 14, 2008

    Same problem, i wonder if its the manufacturer defect or someting, because I'm very careful with my things and I never drop it and it seems that just one day it didn't work as it supposed to be. please help! thanks!

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    The camera lens is off? I've done that before.



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I thought so. Do you have a DV tape cleaner?

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