I've had my 3000z for about a week now and I just love everything about it EXCEPT the lcd viewer screen.
I took the camera out today which is the first day that the sun is out this week and it's bright outside. So bright that I cannot see anything on the LCD viewer. I can't use any of the menu's because they are on the LCD screen which I can't see!
I have adjusted the brightness of the LCD screen and placed newly charged batteries in the camera, but still cannot make out which modes the camera is in, or change anything because the LCD programming information is not viewable.
I tried to shield the LCD screen but that did'nt work either. I called Epson support, but they said it's an inherent problem with a LCD view screen. Makes me wonder what Sony camera owners do in the light of day?
Does anyone know of any aftermarket shield for this LCD screen?
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I tried a hood from the HOODMAN and it was better than nothing but the best solution comes from http:\www.photosolve.com. They have a very reasonably priced metal hood that attaches with velcro. In addition it gives 2X magnification which is great for focusing macros, etc. I use mine with the Eagle Eye 5X lens and I get some really sharp shots because I can focus accurately. Try it. You'll like it.
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I have a sony cybershot DSC-S650, the LCD was very dark and could not
see anything except if I pointed it at a bright object, everything else
worked ok. I could take pictures but could barely see them in playback
I took it to Sony authorised repair outlet and was told
the CCD was damaged, they charged me USD $55 to repair it (in Quito,
i`ve heard about this, but in the other 2 situations the cameras were dropped on water, the problem is that the, lcd connector is not making the proper contact with the main electreonic board, maybe your camera was dropped or something hit it, you just have to open it, and check the lcd connector and adjust it.
You also may have a faulty hot shoe adapter or pc cord. Check them with an ohm meter, or with an old 35 mm camera. Or just short out the hot shoe contacts with a piece of metal and see if the strobes flash.
The spot meter area is small because I have photographed 2 people side by side many times, focused on ones chest then found that the "spot" had slipped into the little space between them, the bad focus not really showing up when I checked the LCD. (My eyes are old and so are my glasses.) Got home and found useless pictures. Sometimes I was outdoors in the sun and couldnt check the LCD. Some of the threads say the focus spot is "off center" with no acccurate way of finding it when using the viewfinder. I take some beautiful, wonderful pictures but these errors really tear me up. I've got to get the LCD box viewer with the 2x lens viewer I guess. All those years as a 35mm Canon F1 user I would long for a spot meter almost daily. Now I see that a matrix meter AND a spot is the real choice. I hope eventually to learn to outwit my 3000Z because it does give me such excellent pictures. Sometimes there is noise on a face, sometimes it is the focus and at functions it is so embarassing to ask a principal subject to wait because the *** or ***H procedures take so long. A wedding, other than the reception, would be near impossible in *** or higher. Good Luck, Dav.
My camera also has a one bad pixel in the LCD; my pixel is green. My camera was also ordered from Buy.com. They have been very helpful and my story is almost identical to yours for their return/replacement practice. It is really nice to see online companies that continue to offer 'great' prices and also provide great customer support.