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LCD viewfinder When I turn on the camera to shoot video footage throught the LCD, the picture is black. It used to be like looking through a piece of glass at what I was shooting. I replaced the batteries and it is same. This happened once before and I starting playing around with it and it starting working again but now it is doing the same thing. It works fine on the playback function so I know the screen is working. It is a button or a specific setup feature that maybe I did something too? The battery is old and is drained but it still has a little life to it.

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  • jessedakota Nov 25, 2008

    I too have a similar problem. With the lens cap off, the camera displays look as though it is on. Playback is fine and when I try to record video the audio is recorded but there is no video. The only other funny thing is that the 'replace backup battery' light comes on. I doubt that would cause this kind of issue.



  • ccre04 Dec 05, 2008

    I am having the same problem. I can play the video on my tape, but if I try to record new video the screen is black and it only records sound.

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