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Mode Switch I have trouble switching from video to camera mode. The switch moves ok, but the camera stays in video mode. Sometimes it will switch, but may not stay there very long. Is this a dirty switch? Can I clean it?

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I have this used camera and have the same problem. Does anyone know what the solution would be? I don't want to spend moneyy on this but would like to know if there is a DIY fix that I could try... Thanks

Posted on Nov 11, 2012

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I Have the Same Problem. it is very Annoying I find it sometimes Helps To push down on the mode button while moving it a across. I think maybe there is a plastic catch that is worn or something. I am thinking of taking it apart and having a look to see if I can fix it.

Posted on Oct 06, 2007

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