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Anthony Bonaventura Posted on Feb 20, 2007
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No Picture in LCD or Viewfinder

There is no picute in my view finder or LCD screen. I have all of my display menu's and such, but no picture, and yes the lense cover is down. There is a small eye looking icon in the screen, and I can view old videos, but when I try and record the screen is pitch black even though audio is recording. What can I do, seriously only used this thing about twenty minutes since I got it????

  • GKC34 Nov 11, 2007

    yes i have exactly the same problem with this model however i have had my handycam now for 3years but still not happy as i have just bought a sony dvd handycam and the picture quality on my dv tape one is far superior.

    i wonder if it is worth having it repaired?

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    i HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY CAMCORDER

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