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Auto Focus Not Working

While taking pictures the other day, the Auto Focusing stopped. I didn't change settings or anything. I tried to reset the camera. I tried turning the camera off and then on again. I changed the batteries. I tried all different settings, i.e. children, portrait, auto, movie. The picture on the LCD sceen is blurry and so are all the pictures I've tried to take. I did not drop the camera, I did not pour water on it. I was just taking pictures of my child and one picture is fine and the photos after that are blurry. I need help before Chistmas. Is there anything that I can do short of throwing my camera against a wall? Please help. Thank you, Mary

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Re: Auto Focus Not Working

Mine did the exact same thing and i hav only had it for 3 months; there is nothing i could do exept for taking it to the professionals

Posted on Mar 16, 2007

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