I have the exact same problem as Jim
when i switch my camera on, i can see all the settings displayed but it is on a black backround, i.e. no image appears on the lcd screen or through the viewfinder, yes i have removed the lens cap.
i therefore cannot record any images but i can record the sound. i can replay and view previously recorded stuff on the screen, through the viewfinder and onto the television.
The camera has been used a maximum of 6 times since bought new about 3 years ago
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Has the camera been dropped or had a liquid spilled on it? Sound like a circuit failure. However, if it has been dropped it may indicate that one of the flexes has come out or the little flipper on the flex connector has popped up and the connector is not working.
when you connect the camera with a cable to the television the screen is blank because that the default settings what you get in camera the television screen acts as a LCD of the camera , when u move your camera to click pictures you get the display on the television screen
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,
If the LCD screen is blank or black when you have your camera in the Camera or Play mode, the camera may need service. To determine if this is the case, follow these steps:
1. Press the Menu button to see if the LCD screen can display the OSD (On Screen Display).
2. Set your camera to Play mode, and then see if the LCD screen displays a picture.
3. To eliminate the possibility of a user setting causing the problem, put the unit into Auto mode by rotating the dial on the units exterior to Auto Mode.
Note: The word "Auto" appears on the screen when this mode is activated.
4. If putting the camera into Auto mode does not resolve the problem, test the unit in Play mode. If the unit operates normally in Play mode, but the screen in Camera mode is blank, your camera requires service which you can arrange by Creating a Service Ticket below.
Note: Because your camera has an automatic LCD display shutdown feature, its normal for the LCD to stop displaying when the camera has been on for along period of time. This feature prolongs battery life.
The Display button manually turns the LCD display on or off to save batteries. If you accidentally had turned the LCD off, It should only take one press of the button to turn it back on and leave it that way. As such, it's not you but the camera. The A570 IS is relatively new. Your camera is likely still under warranty. If so, contact Canon for warranty repair (see the following link):
CCD malfunction, common with Sony manufactured CCD chips. You are in luck, its a free repair regardless of warranty date. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044#
Does it still take pictures and you can see them by downloading them to a PC? If so, your LCD screen is probably bad and will need to be replaced. I have replaced these before, its not hard to do if you can purchase a replacement screen.