Video of the a55 black screen workaround

Started Jun 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Video of the a55 black screen workaround
Jun 15, 2011


The black screen issue regarding the SLT cameras comes up from time to time. (Most of our brethren are interested in cameras and the number 7 and lenses... interesting how lighting conversations are practically non-existant here considering we're practically the black sheep in studio environments.)

ANYWAY -- this is the black screen issue visualized:

The workaround shown here is the popup flash method.
Limitations are:

  • Max shutter speed is 1/160.

  • Shooting speed limited to the charging speed of the built in flash.

  • Light must be obstructed.

  • An off camera cable for the hot shoe is required if the radio trigger interferes with the popup flash.


  • Simple menu item to toggle between WYSIWYG and ambient metering for the screen and EVF. (Firmware)

Resulting image for quick experiment:

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