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Canon ZR300 record button no longer works

05/07/2007 - I own a Canon ZR300 camcorder purchased in April 2005. The start/stop record button on the camera no longer works. Usually when you press it the camera makes a small ding noise and begins or stops recording. When I press the button now there is no ding noise and recording does not start. The camera DOES record when I use the remote to start or stop recording. Seems like all that is needed is the button to be replaced, and if so, how much would Canon charge for that service? Any ideas?

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  • RIOSTOUCH54 Dec 31, 2007

    record boutton doesnt start when depressed

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    putting camera onto play VCR press the focus button film starts to play. when trying to move the forward button or the reverse button no good. start from the remote control OK

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Hi sir just two things to do first 1- restore to factory setings from the menu and check if it is solved 2- if not just try to see does the knub is in its reguler state if yes so you need to replace it

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