How to Fix a Digital Camera that has a White Screen

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Updated February 13, 2023

Although there are several causes for a white LCD screen on digital camera models, one of the common causes could be solved without sending the device to an electronics or camera shop or service center. If you have encountered this issue, you may want to know how to fix a digital camera that has a white screen outside of picture taking, even if you have the best digital camera available. You should also check your exposure settings to make sure they are not too high, as this can affect image quality.


  • Be careful when attempting to fix your camera because you could damage it further or void your warranty.
  • You will need a precision screwdriver and a small prying tool to disassemble your camera and reset the LCD screen connection.
  • To reset the LCD screen connection, you will need to remove the outer camera case, LCD screen, and potentially your camera lens.

Safety Warning for Fixing a White Screen on Your Digital Camera

As with any device you are trying to fix, you will need to remove the power source from your camera. If you do not, you could end up electrocuting yourself. Additionally, you should remove the memory card. Finally, if you accidentally touch the circuit board, you may damage the camera further. In some cases, you may receive a shock from the residual energy, even after removing the battery. This method may not work for all models, and GadgetReview is not responsible for damage done.

Fixing a Digital Camera with a White LCD Screen

  1. Remove the battery (or batteries) and the memory card. The battery compartment typically contains the memory card in addition to the batteries. Often, it is on the bottom or side of the camera. There may be a button or switch to open it, or you may need to press the compartment. Make sure to put them in an easy-to-reach location.
  2. If you had been using a memory card, check your recent picture quality to determine whether the problem is the LCD or the lens. If the problem is the lens, the photos should look the same on the computer as they do on your camera. You can also check the image files using a cable that connects your device to the TV.
  3. Remove the screws on the outer case of the camera. By doing this, you make it so you can remove the casing to show the inside of the camera. These screws should be tiny, so they can be easy to lose. Make sure you place the screws where you can find them. You may also need to remove some additional aspects, including the shutter button, optical zoom, and wriststrap attachment.
  4. Use the spudger or prying tool to separate the front and back of the camera case. Once you have completed this step, you should make it look like it did after removing the screws but before disassembling the camera further.
  5. Use the screwdriver to put the screws in place and tighten them. These will hold the camera together, so make sure they are screwed tightly.
  6. Replace the battery and memory card. Once you have done so, you can check the LCD screen to see whether it is still white outside of picture taking.
  7. Take a picture or video using the camera to see whether the picture is still white. If this method didn’t fix the white screen, you would need to send it to a camera shop or service center. It could be a problem with the lens in this case, causing the photos to appear white due to glare or a loose connection.

For more maintenance and how-to articles check out our info guides on how to do timelapse on a digital camera, how to fix flash on a digital camera, how to convert analog camera to digital camera, and how to fix bent pins for an SD card in a digital camera.

Insider Tip

Try to avoid touching the circuitry on the camera, as these parts can be damaged easily.


Why do my flash shots keep coming out dark?

Try moving closer. If the flash can’t reach the subject, the image will still be dark. Additionally, you should check your shutter speed and aperture settings. The shutter speed may be too fast or the aperture too low.

Will changing lenses mean I end up with dust on the camera sensor?

You may not end up with dust on your camera sensor when you change lenses if you do it correctly. Make sure to clean off the sensor before attaching the new lens.

Why is my camera starting without a display?

If you have a button to switch between the viewfinder and LCD display, try pressing the button. You may have forgotten to switch it from the viewfinder. If that doesn’t bring up the display, it could be an issue with the display or a connection problem. You should send it in for repair in that case.

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