I have a Nikon Coolpix L12 that is a few years old now, though it wasn't used much, as I'm writing this post long after the problem arose. I had the camera for about a year and a half when the problem began, but am now getting around to researching it :blushing: The menus and playback all work fine. I can see menu options and view previous photos. But when taking a picture, I only get a black screen. However, the black screen is "live", so to speak, in that the battery icon, iso, and any other relevant icons are present, but its as if the lens isn't actually picking up anything other than blackness. I can snap the photo, and I even hear it try to autofocus or do something with the lens, and it saves, though only as a black image. So in a nutshell, the screen itself works, the shutter button works, the memory works, but the lens only sees blackness, thus only blackness is saved when snapping an image. Has anyone ever had this happen? It seemed to have happened suddenly, almost like something shorted out? (Poor lingo, I know). I tried to research this at the time and found nothing. So now that I have discovered this forum, I thought I'd give it a shot. Couldn't find a tech support forum, so thought I'd try here. I am sorry if this isn't the right spot to post Thanks!