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My zoom acts wierd

Hi, The zoom acts wierd on my Elura 70. It automatically zooms in !! In the record mode (still or video), the small magnifying window appears permanently on the bottom right cornder of the LCD. If somebody can help me to resolve this issue, it will be really appreciated. Thanks.. Pradeep

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  • mpspark Nov 08, 2007

    I have the same problem with Elura 65. Called Canon and their tech support says they've never heard of that problem. Funny I can Google to find the same problem all over the internet. I used it only about 10 hours total since I bought it a few years ago. My Canon digital camera also crapped out within a year. I wiill never buy another Canon.

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2008

    been suffering with same malady of elura70 zooming on its own. busy athletic children, did not want to be without so have been taping for at least a year, a major pain and not one that should occur as often as appears to on a canon product. have asked shop where i purchased but they would send away and had no suggestions. very frustrated and have lost respect for canon quality, will be looking for another video cam soon, just another $1000!

  • PRADEEP NAIR Jan 18, 2008

    you know what !!! I've contacted the tech support of canon. They asked me to send the camcorder to their service center. And it will almost cost the price of camcorder too. Finally I decided to use it as it is. After a while (long while) the problem got rectified by itself :-) Now the camcorder works smooth :-)

  • ChadP56 Jan 26, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with my Elura 85. There must be a design flaw. It sounds like Canon isn't going to help so I will have to live with it until I can buy another one, of a different brand of course!

  • RakeshJena Feb 10, 2008

    Well I have a Elura 70, bought it while I was at USA 4 years back. It was working great untill 2 years back, when this weird zoom problem started tickling in. It started zooming in-out on its own and wasnt consistent in its behavior. It used to recover on its own. Sometimes, I used to play around with the settings or just get the battery pack out and reinsert the battery pack and it would work fine. But in the last few months, its just in its zoomed state, which is definately irritating. I spoke to Tech support as well and they didnt have any clue to such a behavior, as somoene stated that the tech support was unaware of the problem, I too got the same response. If anybody gets a permanent solution from Canon, please pass it on

  • kclairch Feb 11, 2008

    clearly this zoom problem is a design flaw. Canon's support staff also told me they "never heard of this issue." What a lie. I barely used the camera, maybe 10 to 20 operating hours. I was able to temporarily fix it by unscrewing the casette door and applying slight pressure to the connectors. but it has returned and now the 70 also refuses to accept tapes. What a piece of junk.

  • sorrydog Apr 13, 2008

    I too have this problem. It started over a year ago. I've read the solutions here, so tried the push up bottom of camera one and so far it seems to have corrected the problem. If it comes back, I'll try the pushing down of the zoom switch to see if that helps. Finally if all else fails, I'm tearing into the camera to see what is loose. Hopefully, I won't have to be that drastic as it will be a last resort before it take it in to a service center. Has anyone else tried to take the camera apart? If so, I'll like to hear about their experience.

  • Anonymous Jun 18, 2008

    J'ai moi aussi un problème de zoom, je pense que c'est du au bouton poussoir qui réagit comme s'il était poussé tout seul, le réparateur n'a pas pu me rendre mon elura en état de marche normal et le problème persiste

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    My canon Elura 90 has had the zoom in problem. I tried the slap on the bottom and it now works again--at least temporarily.

    behill


  • Discipline W Aug 29, 2008

    I could not believe that a firm spanking on the bottom of my Elura 70 would fix the self zooming condition. 
    So I tried it, after all what did I have to lose.
    I hope that no one will report me. This disciplinary action worked as described. 
    No more self operation from the rebellious Elura 70 zoom, I am back in control
    I only recommend this action for you camera. My wife spanks back.

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2008

    Get outta town!!! I've been having the same problem with my Elura 70 for over a year now, and I just tried whacking the bottom of the camera on my hand 3 times like suggested. Worked like a charm!!! Not only would it zoom on it's own unless I continually held the zoom button to the left, it also zoomed painfully slow. Now it only zooms when told, and it zooms quickly, like it did when it was new. Wish I'd read these posts a year ago. I have no video of my little girl's first year - bummer! Thanks for the tip!!!!

  • drusek Feb 22, 2009

    I turned on my ELURA 70 yesterday to find the zoom was stuck full on! I immediately tried to blame it on my teenage son who used it last and typically gets blamed for everything (poor kid!)

    Like everyone else here, I found that if I pushed and held the zoom button to pan out (left) it worked but this was not a long term solution. Being a geek, I decided to try to disassemble the door/cover assembly to get to the switch. After removing the four easily accessible Phillis screws and then discovering there was a very hard to reach screw on the upper internal surface of the cover, I decided to resort to Google.

    I am forever grateful to those who took the time to post this fix. A solid rap to the bottom of the camera resolved the problem!!! THANK YOU! I hope it lasts!

    (Sorry for the draw out post, I wanted to describe the whole process and add a little drama)

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    I had the same problem with my Elura 70 for couple of years now. I have tried everything. Finally, I google and found the solution for it. I did not believe that whacking it would work. At first, I whacked it, and it did not work, I continued to whack some more. Then it worked. I am very grateful for this support. It's free and really resolved the problem. Thank you. Please, keep it up with any post this fix.

  • robrot May 02, 2009

    i dont believe it!! ive been dealing with the broken zoom for 2 years, last time i googled, there was no solution. my wife has had me shopping for a new camcorder for my daughters 3rd birthday this month. ive been looking for days for a deal, then decided to google the zoom problem again. found this thread, whacked it twice, it works again. i never would have believed it ...... wow.

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    UN F****NG Believable the whack really did work. I used about as much force as one would use to clap. Not much. And sure enough works fine. All I can say is I figured it was gonna have to be replaced anyway so WHACK and I'm in business!

  • Andrew S May 16, 2013

    I have an Elura 80 that decided to start this trick of slowly zooming in by itself the day (TODAY) of my sons 2nd grade musical. I shook the zoom button fully from side to side many times and only in frustration did I smack it after reading this page. It WORKS now. I don't know how long it'll stay working but I need it to go for at least one more hour!

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Banging the camera solved the problem on my elura 60! I have whack the camcorder three times again the other hand. It worked.

I had this trouble for two years!

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  • Andrew S May 16, 2013

    I have an Elura 80 that decided to start this trick of slowly zooming in by itself the day (TODAY) of my sons 2nd grade musical. I shook the zoom button fully from side to side many times and only in frustration did I smack it after reading this page. It WORKS now. I don't know how long it'll stay working but I need it to go for at least one more hour!

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Holy ****! just whacked the bottom once with the palm of my hand like mr. mousemaniacs suggested & the problem vanished!

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Whacking mine worked too!

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

Holy ****2! It worked for me also. One good whack on the bottom with your hand does the trick.....

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

I also had the same problem but when i did the best solution which was posted last jan 18, that is by smashing the bottom of the camcorder, my camera's zoom in problem got fixed! thanks a million to the person who posted that. i hope all the others with the same problem try it. it really worked!

Posted on Mar 22, 2008

I have the same problem with the zoom. In my case it helps to sligthly smash the bottom of the camcorder with the hand. It seems that there is some loose connector inside...If it help you also - we have the same problem.

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Awesome !! That worked

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OUCH... .but FANTASTIC!!!! I thought this thread might've been a hoax, with everyone talking about the ol' hit-the-vending-machine approach... but I've been converted and my camcorder healed!

For years we've given up using our Elura70 100% because of the crazy zooming problem in Camera or Play/VCR mode. What a miracle cure to find this free-- and funny-- fix!

My hands aren't too strong, so moments ago I put extra effort in giving three good whacks to the rump of the machine. I may have undone the carpal tunnel corrective surgery on my R wrist... ah, but all for a good cause!

Many thanks, FixYa experts and fellow fans!

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The wack worked for mine as well, thanks for this posting

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Was skeptical, figured the same person posted this solution 14 times. Nope, 3 whapps to bottom and I'm in business. Question.... would you buy Canon again? Seems several models are having this problem. Elura 85 for me.

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Unbelievable! Whacked it three times with my fist on the bottom of the camera and it works now. Too funny!!! :-)

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  • roger2bear Feb 28, 2010

    Holy toledo! Smacking it on the behind worked!!! THANKS

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I whacked the side first. The problem went away, then came back. Then I whacked the bottom 5 minutes ago, so far so good. What a genious!

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I experienced the same on the 70 and did the shocks treatment for a temporary solution.

Because it had this behavior for both shooting and playback zoom, I deduced that it was the zoom slider.

A quick shot of electronic contact cleaner under the slider instantly solved the problem! This makes sense since it is likely much like a sliding volume control and they do get messed up over time and respond to cleaning!

I would be safe and cover all but the slider with a paper towel so that you don't leak into some other component, such as the tape drive.

Hope this helps.

Ron

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

OMFG the slap works!!!!! Thanks for the help with my elura 65!

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

I had the same problem and sent it back for repair. (it was under warranty). 6 months later problem appeared again, but my warranty expired. Whacking worked and problem is gone!

Thanks so much to whoever found this solution!!!!

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

Thanks it worked for me too!

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

Same zoom problem. I was about to send the camera in for repair but decided against it, because I figured they'd charge to much for a repair. Tried the whacking solution - gave it 3 good whacks on the underside of the camera and the problem of 1 year has gone away. When the problem comes back and the whack doesn't fix it, then I'll start working on the zoom button.

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I have the same problem. It is intermittent and unpredictable. Recently it started zooming out automatically. I don't have a permanent solution, but here's a hack: Shove a twisty-tie under the zoom button to force it always to the left. That way it'll at least stay in the zoomed out mode. You won't be able to zoom in and out, but at least you can record normally (otherwise).

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  • mousemaniacs Feb 12, 2008

    My zoom is working again. I pulled out the twisty-tie, and just
    applied some strong downward pressure to the zoom slider. No problems
    since. Something must be loose in there.

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