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Scrambled Screen in Record Mode

Intermittently, and now more frequently, when I turn on the camera to 'record' mode the viewfinder will only show purple lines flickering across horizontally. It will also suddenly show the scene perfectly for a while then change back to horizontal lines. If I press the shutter button I will get a photo of those flickering purple/green lines . Some photos have come out with only a few lines thru a photo, others are almost black. The problem occurs and ceases suddenly and without anything else going on at the time. I have taken 100 photos between episodes, then back to the fault. The viewfinder plays photos back ok, including the faulty ones. I can never know when I will get a good run or miss out on a series of shots completely, or get a few lucky shots between faulty ones. I have tried different batteries. It is only in Record. I have removed and replaced the XD card. Do I buy a new Fuji camera or a camera of another brand. (It also fails to hold date/time information between battery changes - I suffer that!) Thanks

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  • Alvin Coltheart Jun 24, 2007

    I can supply photos of the problem if this will help

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I have arrived at this web page as I have the same problem with my S5000. I have since seen on various websites from 2005 that there has been a fault with many of the CCDs made by Sony. Fujifilm use Sony CCDs and this problem may apply to those CCDs manufactured between Oct 2002 and Mar 2004, which could have been used in cameras for retail sale as late as mid-2005.(see http://news.digitaltrends.com/news/story/8651/faulty_sony_ccds_fail_in_dozens_of_cameras My particular camera was bought in 2004 so this might make sense. The S5000 isn't a model specifically listed but it does say that the list probably isn't exhaustive.

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First step -try pressing gently the casine from all angles around the screen- this may simply be a loose connector problem that rights itself. Do Not Try Taking it apart at this stage Second Step Fuji Technical Support. They may have a recall or replacement situation depend on the age and model of camera. Third Step Camera Store- for the new one- A repair situation will not be an economic proposition- assuming parts availability- often there are none

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