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Automatically zooming in

My Elura 60 camcorder zooms in tight on what I want film.  I can zoom back out but shortly after i take my finger off the zoom control the arrow points to  T and starts zooming in.  I can get it to stop by holding the button a little toward the W but when I let go it zoom in again.   The botton moves freely to T and W  it just wants to zoom in by itself.   Is this a setting that has been turned on or is broke?

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Re: automatically zooming in

My Elura 65 has just started to do the same thing, it just zooms at its own; I counteract this problem by sliding the zoom control the other way until it stops, it feels ackward though; Has Canon found out the root cause of this apparently common problem? If so, please advise how to repair it. if(typeof(dstb)!= "undefined"){ dstb();}

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Re: automatically zooming in

I laugh out loud

I too have recently experienced this very condition with the zoom (circa May 16th). I tried the advice of hitting it and it worked! Just a light tap.

This tapping method also cured a previous speaker issue I had....

...Looks like they still build things the way the used to

: 0 )

Posted on May 28, 2008

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Those who suggest hitting the camera right where the zoom button is are correct, oddly enough.  I cant explain it, but it worked in a real jam.  Maybe not a good long-term solution, when you need things to work.  But in the short-term, it really saved me from big problems.   I just removed the battery and cassette, then slapped lightly the camera on the offending area.   It may be useful to note that my "remove cassette" message was also accompanied by a zooming in, which could only be stopped by pressing the zoom button to one side.
Thanks to the person who recommended the hitting method.

Posted on May 15, 2008

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I contacted Canon about this same issue in my Elura 65, and they said to send it to them, they would have their techs investigate the cause and then contact me with the costs to make the repairs. They said that if I didn't want them to repair the problem, after I found out the cost, that they would reassemble the camera and send it back.


Mine is out of warranty, even with buying it at Costco, who doubles the warranty time. In my researching the problem, I have found another person with the same problem who had it repaired for something like $175. I will weigh that against purchasing a newer model.


Someone else did reccommend wacking in on the top a few times, shutting if off and turning it back on, and that would often fix the problem. I don't want to take the chance of ruining an important shot that may not come around again, by having to Indian Leg Wrestle my camera to get it to work. Best wishes.

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