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My Canon G12 is approx 4 to 5 years old. My viewfinder

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my Canon G12 is approx 4 to 5 years old.
My viewfinder recently started displaying a horizontal split screen image...roughly top 1/3 of viewfinder is displaying the bottom of the menu or photograph being framed.
The bottom 2/3 of the screen is displaying the top of the menu or photograph.
Sometimes, the upper third of color resolution appears pastel or black/white,
bottom 2/3 appears to be color.
Photographs taken appear to be normal.
Is there a hard reset for this camera?
Is my viewfinder trying to go out?
If so, what is the typical repair/costs for viewfinder replacement?
Everything else on camera appears to be working normal.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
Hello my name is***** look forward to assisting and am very sorry to hear that you are having this problem. I want to warn you that it is possible you will need to replace a part in order to fix this. There are a few different things that can cause this and a couple different parts so we would need to troubleshoot to find out for sure. When you transfer the pictures to the computer do they have the lines on them?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, the pictures are fine
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
just the viewfinder
Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
That would mean it is just the screen then, was it dropped or anything recently? A loose connection to the screen can cause this but only if something like it being dropped has happened.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you but I am the only one that uses the camera and it has not been dropped
I will have to take it in to be serviced
Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
Ok if it has not been dropped it would mean the viewfinder is starting to fail and needs to be replaced. The part normally costs between $40 and $50. The labor would be an hour at the shops rate (usually between $65 and $75). If you have any questions at all click on reply to expert and let me know. If not please don’t forget to leave a positive rating for my help - it is greatly appreciated. Please note you are rating me only not this site or your Canon.