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I have no picture on 'Record' either through the view finder or LCD screen on my NV-DS65 camera. Recording comes out blank. Replay works fine.

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  • Steve Lowe Sep 05, 2011

    Thanks for your comment. However I received another explanation that the iris was stuck as the camera had not been used for a while. A sharp tap was suggested and 'bingo' all is well!



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CCD Imager chip is defective in your camcorder that is why no live view in camera mode for fresh recordings.
CCD Imager is electronic device that converts an image into electronic signals and its necessary part of any digital camera/ camcorder, it should be replaced by technician because camcorder will take apart and soldering work is required.

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    Shahid Electronics Sep 05, 2011

    Good, stuck iris / aperture is another cause but very rare.



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