Having problems with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5 Digital Camera ?

When i put on the camera the monitor is so dark i can not see what i am taking out


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Please clarify a few things so someone can help you.

1. Are you saying it's too dark when playing back previously taken photos, when recording new photo's, or just all the time.

2. Can you see the camera menu's ok but not the live view of the subject.. or is everything just too dark?

3. Does the Status Indicator LED on the back light up showing that the camera has adequate battery power?


Here are some suggestions (You can quit when you find one that works).

1. Check that the monitor brightness setting is set to medium at least \015\012in the menu's. Go to SETUP MENU and then MONITOR to check this. It \015\012has 7 brightness levels.
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2. Press the display button on the back a few times while the camera is on. This toggles the display setting between various settings such as Off/ On / Info. The display may simply be turned off since that is an option.

3.. Try a 2nd set of new batteries.

4.. If you can read the menu's then select the option to reset the camera to factory defaults. Do NOT select to format or erase your memory card, that is not required and it's not the same thing as a reset. This just sets the main functions back to their original settings.

5. If it works fine for playback but not for recording then check that the main record settings are correct for the type of scene. For example don't use Beach, Snow or Candle mode for regular daylight shots.

6. If the built-in screen has an issue the video output jack should still work since that is a different circuit, So connect the camera to a TV and see if it works then. That also lets you see the menu's to check the settings if the built-in screen has an issue.

7. Check that "AUTO LCD OFF" is not set.

8. If none of these suggestions resolve it then ask a local photographer to take a look at it since there may be more solutions that become evident when you see it in person.

Lastly ...
It could have a bad CCD sensor or corrupt firmware but I can't say for sure since there was so little information provided.

The factory can fix any problem or replace the camera and internal programming issues can often be fixed with a firmware upgrade. But don't do that unless you are familiar with it.
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