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Focus issues This is a pretty nice little camera, however periodically it will not focus and gives an error code. This only seems to happen when I really want to record something and never when I don't care. Christmas is coming, Help!

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Scotty, this model has had issues with the focus stepper motor in the lens. I would call Sony customer service and ask them if there has been a service advisory issued for this model that addresses the slow focus issue.
Good Luck to you.

J. Weibel

Posted on Jan 24, 2008


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