Megxon C480 Digital View Camera - Zoom does not work
When I turn the camera on, the zoom just "rattles inside" but does not come out or allow me to focus. Details below. Please advise.
Megxon C480- Digital View Camera
8x zoom Optical
4.0 Mega pixel
4x digital zoom
When I turn the camera on, the zoom does not function. It sounds like it is trying to work, but all I hear is a rattle inside.
Display reads Zoom Home! Errow SW1
Please advise. Janet
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Re: Megxon C480 Digital View Camera - Zoom does not work
Camera lens mechanism got problem with loading gears.
Rattle sound shows gear is worn out and afraid that you need to replace complete lens assembly.
Please ask an estimate from local camera repair shop.
It will cost you more then camera worth.
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Your camera is not broken. That's by design. Canon cameras do not allow optical zoom use while in movie mode. Canon claims that using the optical zoom in movie mode would cause excessive noise in the movie. However, you can use digital zoom in movie mode. You'll need to go into the menus (press the menu button) and turn digital zoom "on" if it's currently off.
This camera does not allow the user to actually turn off the optical zoom, but does allow the user to shut off the digital zoom. If you are talking about the digital zoom make sure it is turned on in through the menu system. As far as the optical zoom goes make sure you are not in playback mode. If this doesn't work you can try having the camera reset to the original settings every time you shut off the camera by choosing this option under the setup menu in playback mode. If none of this works have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician.
It's important to understand this difference, as you could be disappointed with the results if you use one rather than the other.
Optical zoom works like the zoom on a traditional film camera. When you push the button to zoom in or out, physical lens elements move inside the camera, reducing the field of view and making the object you're shooting appear closer.
Digital zoom, on the other hand, has no moving parts. The camera interpolates a small portion of an image to artificially restore the file to its original size. Using its electronic brain, the digital camera analyzes what it sees and digitally zooms in, usually two or three times closer.
Unfortunately, digital zoom also reduces the resolution of an image, so your picture will tend to be more pixilated than the same image taken with an optical zoom camera. If you're just snapping an image to e-mail to a friend, this loss of resolution won't be so noticeable. But in situations where the highest quality counts, skip the digital zoom and use your PC's image-editing tools to zero in on your subject.