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The mirror inside the camera has flipped up and wont stay down I can't see anything through the viewfinder

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The ZX-50 does not have a mirror lock up feature so there are several possibilities for the problem. There could be residue on the foam padding where the mirror hits the inside of the camera frame causing it to stick. In this case the foam may need replacing and the inside frame cleaned. Checking with a camera dealer in your area will answer the question in more detail.

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If this does not work, you may need to take it in for repair.
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