Playback mode is Ok but I can no longer see anything on the LCD screen when in shooting mode.
The screen shows some white light flashes when first turned on and then it goes black. Changing from Auto to any of the other shooting modes makes no difference. Changing the display produces white/purple horizontal flashes which soon settle down to a black screen.
Taking a photo results in a black screen or one with varying numbers of random horizontal lines in pink or purple.
All functions seem to be OK on playback eg zoom, index playback and download.
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Re: Shooting mode will not operate
Your camera has a defective CCD imager. Please return the camera to Canon in New Jersey and they will replace the CCD at no charge to you.
This is a known issue and should be covered under extended warranty.
Good luck my friend.
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Solved the problem by going to the Canon product support site. It seems that there is no problem at all. The way the camera is designed is the problem. To be able to use the rear display lcd as a view finder, the camera needs to be able to lift the mirror to allow the sensors to pick up the image and display it on the screen. The 20D does not have this abilitiy. Apparently some later models do allow you to raise the mirror. It was this feature on those models that led me to believe that the 20D should do this too.
You mean the LCD on the back of the camera right? The image that shows up (playback) can have the duration changed in the menu settings, it may have been turned off which is a choice as well that mode (not having the LCD on) extends shooting time which used to be a problem with the earl D70 and the earlier battery type. The D80 doesn't have that issue, try experimenting with how much time you really need to have the display on, if you shoot and like to show the image to people set it longer or just hit the playback a couple of times as you are showing people.
With the camera in Playback mode (reviewing pictures you have already taken), press the DISP button until the LCD shows what you want -- no information, basic information, or full shooting information.
Try playing back pictures you know were captured properly ( either with another properly working camera or with your camera before the problem with quality has appeared ). If the image is ok in playback but 'noisy' in capture mode then the CCD sensor is faulty /on its way out. Ask Canon if they repair CCD faults on this model free of charge.