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Please tell me a little more about the problem... I'm not quite clear as to what was being viewed when you put the camera into 'opened the viewer'... ? clearly the screen itself was working if it displayed settings.
Try removing the batteries, and leaving the camera on a (dry, non-humid, non-dusty) shelf for overnight. Then put the batteries back in and try the camera again.
Then try cleaning the terminals in the battery compartment, after removing the batteries, first by rubbing off with a fresh pencil eraser, then by wiping the terminals off with cotton swabs moistened in rubbing alcohol, then letting them dry off for 5+ minutes with the battery compartment door open, then try turning the camera On again.
How old is the camera? in months or years since you bought it.
Has the camera been dropped or otherwise subjected to mechanical shock(s) in its lifetime?
Has the camera been operated in or subjected to, temperatures below 32 degrees F (freezing point) or above about 100 degrees F ?
Has it ever been subjected to a humidity higher than 85 % or gotten wet ?
Thanks for posting the pictures.
That looks very much as if the lens-cap were on, but I suppose that cannot be the case.
If the lens is not blocked nor covered, then unfortunately the image sensor might be dead. Have you tried taking any test pictures or test footage? If so, how do they come out (when viewed on a computer, at least, if you cannot review them on the camera) ?
That's fine. Let's continue tomorrow.
OK, I'm sorry to hear that it was not fixed by that means.
Have you tried taking any pictures with the camera, since the problem occurred? I would advise taking test pictures or a short test video, then downloading to a computer and seeing whether there is anything but black in the pictures/video.
That's the next thing to try, though it probably won't fix the problem. It will reveal useful data. Let me know how it goes - at your convenience, of course!
That's bad news. The image sensor is presumably defective, or in need or some form of remedial repair if not simple replacement.
If you think it is worth repairing - I cannot judge that for you, I don't think - then you can either contact Nikon Repair:
or locate a nearby Nikon Authorized Repair location near you with the facility linked to from the lower left part of that page.
Or you could contract United Camera for the repair, also. Their page at
quotes a price of $137.50 for an 'image problem' (near as I could get to 'image sensor' in their estimates list) for this sort of camera and this sort of problem... which should give you an idea, roughly, of how much Nikon Repair would cost, also.
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