My camera is only 5 months old and worked perfectly fine 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, I tried using it but only get a black screen (both lcd and viewfinder) when in camera mode. When I press the record button, the screen is still black. Then when I playback what I just recorded in vcr mode, the screen is still black but the sound from when I recorded works. Otherwise, I can see and use all the touch screen functions on the lcd (the tape minutes, battery life, fn button and camera mode), and I can play back a previous tape and see the picture in vcr mode. I guess my question is, Can I fix it? How can I fix it? Is it a setting problem? Everything works fine EXCEPT I get a black screen (no picture) on the lcd and viewfinder when in camera mode. Please help!
Fixed it, at least temporarily I had the side off my trv250 examining it, especially the CCD connection. I had read the post about soldering a capacitor to pins 1 and 3 (from the left) on the bottom row. I didn't have the specific capacitor on hand, but I started touching some of the small ones I did have to those pins. I found that after I touched a 100uF, 10V cap to pins 1 and 3 the picture suddenly came back to life and stayed that way after removing the cap. I have no idea how long this will last, and I've set up the cam on a tripod in the livingroom with the LCD display facing me so I can monitor it. If you, like me, figure you have nothing else to lose, you might want to give this a try. Note: my camera was suffering from the green smeary horizontal lines problem, and wasn't completely black. I'm not sure if this makes a difference or not.
My cousin gave me his DCR-TRV250 to try and fix since his viewfinder and LCD display would only show a garbled greenish screen and would only record this also. It played tapes fine and you could hear audio perfectly, but the display was crap. I found this post and some others on the web and decided to see if I could find some kind of fix. After a couple of hours of measuring and testing I found that a 25v 47microFarad capacitor installed on the CCD board seemed to rectify the problem. Now his problem was slightly different than posted in that his display was not totally black, but showed some type of video, so this may or may not help some of you. Since this thing was basically junk I was at the liberty to try anything with nothing to lose.
Did you remember to take the lens cap off? Happens to me all the time.
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