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Dark screen, no image (holiday disaster! Help please)

My boyfriend is on holiday for 7 days and has just discovered his canon MV700i isn't working properly. He says it switches on but the screen is dark and there is no image showing. Has anyone got a helpful solution? He is skiing and is desperate to record his holiday. Any advice or knowledge would be grately received.

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  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    Just got our canon MV700i out to do some filming for a school project and its like the lens cap is still on. Blackness. Tried the Handbook troubleshooting guide but no luck.

    Any ideas? To get repaired probably more expensive than buying a new one these days!



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The CCD problem is a known fault across many manufacturers. Look on the Canon web site for mdetails of where to send it ito get a free repair. That's gotta be cheaper than a new camcorder.

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As far as I know that's a problem with the CCD, and it needs repairing by a specialist :(

Posted on Apr 26, 2007

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