First problem, you have a Nikon which isn't built anywhere near the quality of the manual focus Nikon's & Nikor lenses of three decades ago.
It's not worth repairing unless you have some sort of warranty that is still active.
If you invested in various lenses, you will most likely want another Nikon digital SLR in which I would recommend you pick up a D200 off ebay. Keep in mind the D200 does not have a full size sensor 35mm x 24mm like the Nikon D700, Canon 5D & 1D bodies.
You will be amazed the visual perspective difference between the small (undersized) CMOS (complimentry metal oxide semiconductor) and the 35mm x 24mm. Then again, you get what you pay for...
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The D200 works as SLRs have worked for half a century. You compose the picture through the viewfinder. Only more recent dSLRs have the live view capability, allowing you to hold the camera out at the end of a wobbly arm instead of tucked in against your body. In the case of Nikon, this capability came out with the D3 and the D300.
Does the menu in the camera work?
You may need to activate some Postview function in the menu. If the camera takes pictures, you should be able to view them in playback mode. There could also be a Preview mode, which requires pressing OK before storing pictures. Preview/Postview should cancel each other though...
I'm not sure if you are talking about the quick view of a picture just taken, or using playback mode to view shots taken. Either way, I suggest changing batteries so they are fresh.
There are 3 different LCD choices when in "Shooting Mode."
The display mode will change each time you press this button.
1- Standard (no info displayed, just pic)
2- Detailed (infor displayed)
If you have tried this, then you may want to perform a reset to the cam. This will reset any screen/LCD settings that may have been changed.
Goto the Setup Menu and select "Reset All." Select "OK" and press "Func. Set."
This reset WILL NOT reset the following:
-Current Shooting Mode
-Date/Time, Language, & Video System settings
-White Balance Data (of you have custom settings changed in the custom white calance function)
This is normal for this camera. Think about it. The CMOS chip can't see through the mirror. After the shot is taken the electronic shutter exposes the CMOS chip and makes an image just like exposing film on a film type camera. Once you get used to it you may like it better. In outdoor or bright light situations it's difficult to view the LCD screen to frame the shot anyway.
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,
Your camera works just like a film camera SLR,. You use the eyepiece
to frame and focus your picture. The LCD screen is for reviewing
pictures taken or menu operations. You cannot preview a shot on screen before it is taken with the camera.