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Viewfinder is black---no picture - Sony Handycam CCD-TRV68 Camcorder

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  • hoshlj61 May 26, 2011

    I may have a defective CCD, but what do I do to fix it? I want to continue to use the camera if I can. Is there a replacement part? Can I buy this part and repair it myself? If not, can Sony repair it?

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Connect the camcorder using the external video RCA output to a TV. If there is visual available of the live shot and also the playback of the recorded section, then it is possible that the LCD had failed.
Now in most cases the LCD has a FLEXIBLE STRIP which is the wire feed to the LCD unit. So in usage the LCD can fail and so that there is no picture.
Please check this out.

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A CCD problem would explain the lines on pictures, the lines on the LCD (since the CCD is used to feed the live image) or black view screen in the cameras. CCD (Charge Coupled Device) is one of the two main types of image sensors used in digital cameras.

When a picture is taken, the CCD is struck by light coming through the camera's lens. Each of the thousands or millions of tiny pixels that make up the CCD convert this light into electrons. The number of electrons, usually described as the pixel's accumulated charge, is measured, then converted to a digital value. This last step occurs outside the CCD, in a camera component called an analog-to-digital converter.

When a picture is taken, the CCD is struck by light coming through the camera's lens. Each of the thousands or millions of tiny pixels that make up the CCD convert this light into electrons. The number of electrons, usually described as the pixel's accumulated charge, is measured, then converted to a digital value. This last step occurs outside the CCD, in a camera component called an analog-to-digital converter.

Some symptoms of a defective CCD include distorted images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures, and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash card. A CCD problem would explain the lines on your pictures and the lines on the LCD (since the CCD is used to feed the live image).

No service forms or mailing addresses are provided on the Sony US site. Rather, owners are instructed to contact the Sony Customer Information Services Center for further assistance at 1-866-703-7669.


For your easy reference, here is a link to the original IR news story on the Sony advisory, as well as one to the expanded Sony advisory IR news story.

Check this links that could give you additiona details:
- Imaging-Resource/bad-CCDs
- Powershot-S1-CCD-Problem


Hope this helps.

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