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Your camera is working exactly as SLRs have worked for the first half-century since their invention. You frame the picture through the viewfinder then take the shot. The display is for menu settings and reviewing pictures after they've been taken. Newer DSLRs will let you use the display for picture-taking (and take videos) but the A200 belongs to the previous generation.
The movie camera icon means that you have put it into video mode. I don't know how you do or undo that on your camera, but on my Canon there is a slide sitch that selects still shots, video clips, or review pictures taken.
Does the screen play back the pictures ok but not during record mode? Or is it off all the time and you used a computer to review the shots that were taken?
Check the basics listed below:
1. The screen may be switched off. Press the display button on the back while the camera is on.
This toggles the display setting between various settings such as
Off/ On / Info. Keep pressing the button to try the aternate modes, it just goes round and round to 2 -3 different modes.
2, Check that the monitor brightness setting is set to medium at least
in the menu's.
3. If the problem is only affecting recording then check that
the main record settings are correct for the type of scene you are taking. For
example don't use Beach, Snow, Candle or manual with a high shutter speed while taking regular daylight shots with minimal lighting.
. 4. If the LCD display has a hardware issue you could connect the camera
to a TV using the video output jack and look at it that way. Then
you'll know if the built-in LCD is ok or not.
5. Having a
damaged or stuck video output jack COULD cause this problem also since
that circuitry is designed to automatically shut off the built-in LCD
display when you connect a video cord to it. Note that having a video cable plugged
in to the video output jack would shut off the display also. Such as when you have it connected to a TV.
1. Turn off the camera.
2. Remove the memory card.
3. Remove the batteries.
4. Wait at least 3-5 minutes.
5. Place the memory card and batteries.
6. Turn on the camera in any mode except review mode.
7. Take any ordinary picture.
8. Change the camera mode to review.
9. What happened now. Is everything normal. if not please write a comment to explain the situation.
Turn the camera on. Press the display button (second button down right next to the LCD (Labeled LCD/info) to turn on the LCD. Make sure you are not in review mode. Here is a link I am sure you will find helpful (its what I used to solve this problem) http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/publications/urg00714toc.jhtml
Let me know if this works
Nonononooooo fotomohamed, he can review just taken pictures on the LCD. The screen is working.
Actually, it sounds like you just accidentally pressed the DISPLAY button on the back of your camera. This manually turns the screen on and off in picture taking mode to save batteries (you would then use optical viewfinder). Just press it once and it should turn back on.
CCD sensor fault ( not outputting anything so no pictures captured ). Have the sensor replaced but try to have it done free of charge. Sony does replace them free of charge but you have to check with them ( not all models with this fault are repaired free of charge ).