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Losing focus indoor shooting

When I shoot inside my camera continually loses focus. I zoom in or back and it refocus but soon to lose focus again

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Common problem with Panasonic cameras. Read comments from other owners at the above blog and send a description to me at the blog. I will post it. Also check 3CCD USER.COM

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