I bought a Pentax Option 555 a few months ago. Everything was fine until one day when I turned on the camera, the Optio startup screen was not showing, and the LCD was black, the lens started ok though.
I was able to select menu, and review the pictures that I stored, but at the ready-to-shot mode, the LCD screen is still black, with brakets on the screen at four corner, when I tried to take pictures, the picture was black of course. I couldn't figure out why it's like this. I tired to turn off and turn on many times, but this black LCD screen never go away.
Did I set the setting wrong? Like didn't turn on the LCD somewhere(but I didn't touch that option)? Or something like the shutter is broke?
I am frustrated. And look forward to hearing some advices.
Thanks a lot.
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Re: Pentax Optio 555 LCD screen blank problem
No I don't believe it is your shutter, more than likely it is a LCD Screen problem. I would suggest you take your camera back to the shop where you purchased the camera and have it serviced under warranty.
I had a customer with an Optio 550 come in and it looked like every shot was taken through 'venetian blinds' and the problem was with the LCD Screen and the camera was sent back to Pentax and repaired under warranty.
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It sounds like you need a new main board.Pentax in Arizona will replace the main board for about $135, or I will replace it for $65. If you just want to get rid of this camera, I also buy all Pentax Option a10, a20, a30, a40 cameras. Contact me at: mrfixitmark at comcast dot net
You need a new LCD display. I can replace the screen for $40, or you can buy the parts on eBay for about $25 and do it yourself if you are very handy, and very skilled with small delicate parts.You could send it to Pentax in Arizona, but they charge about $90 for an LCD replacement.If you just want to get rid of this camera, I also buy all Pentax Option a10, a20, a30, a40 cameras. Contact me at: mrfixitmark at comcast dot net
Ok here it is open the camera and re insert the fine lcd ribbon into is holder problem solved. Your camera must have had a sharp knock to dislodge the lcd screen and pulling out the ribbon. Worked for me. Cheers