Cameras forum


Canon 550D: Can't view on TV

by Tunathedog / November 5, 2012 5:58 AM PST

When I attach the Canon AV cable (the one that came with the camera) from the camera to an ordinary TV, the camera image appears momentarily on the TV - with the LCD blank - but then the LCD comes on and the image on the TV disappears. Does anyone have an explanation?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Canon 550D: Can't view on TV
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Canon 550D: Can't view on TV
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
A thought
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 5, 2012 12:11 PM PST

Try a camera reset.

You may have inadvertently set something that is causing the problem.

Look in the Index at the back of the User Manual.
Look for "Reset All"

See if the reset cures the problem.


Collapse -
Canon 550D: Can't view on TV
by Tunathedog / November 5, 2012 3:09 PM PST
In reply to: A thought

Thanks for the tip, but it didn't fix the problem.

Collapse -
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 5, 2012 11:15 PM PST

There is a setting that must be set correctly on the camera. NTSC or PAL.
USA set to NTSC
Europe set to PAL
If you are another country, look up NTSC/PAL on Google search to see what your country uses.

You said "ordinary TV" - I assume that to be pre-flat screen with no digital input.


Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Free trip to the Grand Prix

Don't miss your chance to win a trip to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco for you and a plus-one.