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Canon Elura 60 zooms by itself

My Canon Elura just started zooming by itself this week. As soon as I turn it on, if it is in the wide angle position, it begans a slow zoom to a tight close up and stays there unless I hold the zoom button to keep it in a neutral position.


Any suggestions? I purchased it at Costco, and might be able to take it back, but I would rather keep it; it has suited my purposes quite well untill now.

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Re: Canon Elura 60 zooms by itself

Listen, I know it's a couple of years after this post but, try this: Remove cassette, push to close, close camera as if to use it, hold firmly in left hand, open hand slap it with your right hand once or twice, (I'm not joking) it worked the two times I had this problem. Problems with the zoom? Almost same process, push firmly on zoom button (to un-zoom) try doing this as your tapping it. These are last ditch efforts on an aging camera, it really has been a good one. I've put this poor thing through years of abuse, and it's held up pretty well. Good luck, Jeff S.

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Re: Canon Elura 60 zooms by itself

Take it back before it expires. Get a Panasonic instead.
This problem will drive you nuts.
Mine started after the warranty expired. Seems like it is a very common problem.
Canon has not reacted professionally to this wide spread problem.

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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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