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Auto Exposure I cannot see anything throught the viewfinder or LCD outdoors unless I change to manual exposure and decrease. The image is too bright in auto exposure. My NightShot is not on and I have tried to vary the LCD brightness. I truely believe that the Auto Exposure function is not working. Does anyone have a fix?

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  • wayne bruce Jun 17, 2007

    I give an excellent rating just because someone actually tried to help, but I'm not sure that this solution is for my problem. My problem is with the Auto Exposure and I'm not sure if the free repair has anything to do with this. I think I will try it anyway. Thanks.

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