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JVC GR-DX97 Zoom Control Button on top

I have this strance problem with the zoom control on the top of the camera (JVC GR-DX97). At times the camera automatically zooms to the max limit without me touching /sliding the button. The only way I can bring it back to wide angle view is to keep slide the button to the left and keep it pressed. It is a great camera and I hope that this issue can be resolved somehow. Is there a part number to be replaced. If so where can I get it. Also, I have tried to look for a parts diagram but have not been able to find it.

Thank you,
Vinnie

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  • vnagarkar Oct 22, 2008

    No there is no "Auto Zoom" or such option in the menu. I have also reset the camera from within the menu function. Now it doesn't do it all the time. Seems like it has a mind of its own. The Zoom option has a setting of 12X, 40X, and 700X. The default is 40X but I have set it to 12X so that it does not go to 40X or further. Thank you for all your assistance in advance.

  • vnagarkar Oct 23, 2008

    Thank you for your reply. Is there a way to get this part and repair the unit myself? If so, where can I purchase this part and what is the part called? Will the part need to be replaced indefinitely or can it be somehow cleaned? Is there a way to download a service manual for free somewhere? Or it is better to give it to an authorized service center? Any idea on the repair cost?



    Thank you once more for all your assistance.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    The camera isn't in auto mode when the zooming is happening is it?

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You have a bad zoom unit/zoom controller. It is common on these units.

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