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Whenever the Sony Z1 encounters high vibration it appears to briefly zoom and/or rack focus. I have the focus on manual, zoom wide open and set to ring and f-stop at 2.4. At the point it does this zoom/focus you can hear the servo in the camera. Is there another way to turn these functions off?

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It has built in accelerometers that automatically adjust things even when you try to turn all automatic features off.

Make sure you turn the Auto Gain off. It does not matter what the gain switch is set to if the camera is in auto gain mode. It will ignore your switch setting.

If you have your lcd set to display camera information (zoom, iris, shutter speed, gain, timecode or user bits, etc.) and you do not see "0db" displayed on the screen, then the camera is in auto gain mode.

This could be causing the issue.

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