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Old December 25th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #1
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LCD screen failure

Merry Christmas all:-)

Looking for a bit of help. Got an issue with my Z1U :-( When powered on the lcd screen displays a gray image, although the eye piece still operates normally as well as everything else. Was shooting an interview when the lcd screen flickered a couple times then turned gray. When you initially flip it open, sometimes it will display correctly, but only for a fraction of a second then goes gray again.

On a side note, I have had to repair the above unit twice before for different issues. What a shame....the unit has less than 500 hours on it. I bought it along with an FX1 @ the same time. The Z1U has always been babied heavily while the FX has been dropped, soaked, caught on fire partially, and it still works like a tank with no problems what so ever. I love that unit...knock on wood;-) The Z1U, if you look at it wrong it breaks.......go figure :-(

Just looking to see what the problem might be, possible cost of repair, and if anyone has had similar issues with the Z1U being a pansy. What a shame cause I really like the unit.

Any help is greatly appreciated and have yourself a Happy New Year!

Thanks.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure (from the fact that you see it flick on) it's the flexible ribbon cable that feeds the LCD. Most likely to be the (leadless) solder that Sony's forced to use between PCB and ribbon these days. Shouldn't be an expensive repair.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #3
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Thank you Tom. Much appreciated:-)
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