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Got Camera from Amazon more than a month ago. I believe the focus is acting up. I turn it on/off, or focus it pushing the button half way and it makes this disturbing sound as if a DVC tape is struggling to rewind. Screen & Shots are blurry. I zoom in half way, it's almost clear but not quite. Its not saying Lens Error (yet)

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Definitely sounds like you have a problem. You should try and see if it can be repaired under warranty.

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