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The most likely cause for this is a zoom or focus lens out of place or impaired in some way andcan be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repairedby a qualified service technician.
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It sounds like you are either too close to the subject or you need to flip the focus switch to automatic.
The Auto/Manual focus button is located on the left side of the camcorder under the LCD monitor flap. Other than that, does this happen only in low light? The camera will have trouble focusing in low light usually.
Optical VF Type
LCD Size (inches)
Battery Form Factor
2 x AA or 1 x CR-V3
Usable Battery Types
Alk. / Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
2 x AA Alkaline disposable
Battery Charger Included
No of Flash Modes
Automatic, Fill (On), Off, Red-eye reduction
Flash Range Description
Video Mode Switchable
Usable Memory Types
Other Memory Types
Built In (8MB)
Memory Included (MB)
CCD Raw Format
JPEG (EXIF 2.1)
Movie File Format
CCD Sensor (Megapixels)
Digital Zoom Values
Normal Focus Range
120 cm to Infinity
49.0 in to Infinity
Aperture Range Description
Lens Thread Type
Number of White Balance Settings
White Balance Settings
Auto, Sun, Shade, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Manual White Balance
Longest Shutter Time
Shortest Shutter Time
Exp Adj Range
Exp Adj Step Size
Full Manual Exposure
Price Update Date
Tripod Mount Material
Weight With Batteries?
108 x 59 x 36 mm
4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 in
Warranty in Months
If your unit has a switch for manual focus, put it in manual. If you cannot focus the unit in manual you have a problem with the lense and it will need repaired and/or replaced. If you do not have manual focus you will not be able to troubleshoot the unit. It could be a lense problem as stated before or a problem with the Auto Focus system, perhaps just out of adjustment, or something more serious. Either way if you are not capable of camcorder repair you will have to seek the help of a reputable repair shop. Good luck.
AF/MF (Auto Focus/Manual Focus)
* The AF/MF function works in CAMERA, M.REC mode only.
* In most situations, it is better to use the automatic focus feature, as it enables you to concentrate on the creative side of your recording.
* Manual focusing may be necessary under certain conditions that make automatic focusing difficult and/or unreliable.
* If you are inexperienced in the use of camcorders, we recommend that you make use of Auto Focus.
In the following situations, you may obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually:
* A picture containing several objects, some close to the camcorder, others further away.
* A person enveloped in fog or surrounded by snow.
* Very shiny or glossy surfaces like a car.
* People or objects moving constantly or quickly like an athlete or a crowd.
Follow These Simple Steps To Set The Manual Focus
1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode.
2. Turn the MENU DIAL up or down until the FOCUS is highlighted and then press the ENTER button. M. FOCUS(MF) will display.
3. Turn the MENU DIAL up or down until the object is in focus. Zoom out a little if focusing is difficult.
4. To return to AF (Auto Focus: ), press the ENTER button again.
Since VHSC camcorders feature only analog outputs: it is not possible to connect the camcorder directly to a PC (unless a computer video card is equipped with analog inputs). The only way to transfer images from the camcorder to a PC will be using an external device capable of analog/digital signal conversion. JVC has released a capture device model, GV-CB3U which has the capability of video capture of a single frame in either Bitmap or JPEG format. The GV-CB3 can be connected to any video source through a standard video or S-Video connector and download single image to a PC using serial port (RS232C communication port). The JLIP Video Capture software necessary to transfer images to the computer as well as connecting cables are supplied with this product. You can also use 3rd party hardware (Video Capturing device) to send information from your camera to a PC. Visit your local PC or Office store for more information on other video capturing devices.