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Elura 60 Zoom Problem

My Canon Elura 60 had the same zoom problem as the all others had. It just zoomed itself to maximum. I had to hold the zoom button to keep the position. Sometimes, it fixed by itself. Next time when I use it, the problem came back again. Randomly!. It seems that this is a very common problem for this family of camcorder elura 60, 65, 70... My comcorder is almost three years. Forget about Canon, buy another brand to replace.

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  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    I too have the same zoom problem, is this common?, is there a solution?

  • SMSturbo Mar 02, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. My Canon Elura 60 just started zooming in to maximum zoom. I have found no solution yet.

  • cfrdog Sep 21, 2008

    I have an Elura 60 as well and it zooms to the T (slowly) but i have to hold it to stay put, its really annoying. I'm done with Canon products. They work great at first but don't last at all. Same for their crappy point and shoot cameras. Canon sucks.

  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2008

    This camera should be recalled! I too have the same problem...zooming full force constantly during video and photography. After reading the solution of dropping it on the floor to fix the jam, I tapped the bottom on a book and then the zooming issue was fixed and the video was instantly broken. It kept trying to eject the video when I powered it on and would do nothing until the video was ejected, but the video door was jammed. Piece of junk! I got so frustrated that I smacked the side of it with the palm of my hand and the video cassette came out. I'm going to buy a Sony. I never had any problems with the Sony I had previously to this Canon. Unfortunately I gave the Sony to a friend when I purchased the Canon thinking Canon was a better name.

  • Raven91 Nov 11, 2008

    This camera should be recalled! I too have the same problem...zooming
    full force constantly during video and photography. After reading the
    solution of dropping it on the floor to fix the jam, I tapped the
    bottom on a book and then the zooming issue was fixed and the video was
    instantly broken. It kept trying to eject the video when I powered it
    on and would do nothing until the video was ejected, but the video door
    was jammed. Piece of junk! I got so frustrated that I smacked the
    side of it with the palm of my hand and the video cassette came out.
    I'm going to buy a Sony. I never had any problems with the Sony I had
    previously to this Canon. Unfortunately I gave the Sony to a friend
    when I purchased the Canon thinking Canon was a better name.



  • raymundo0888 Dec 31, 2008

    My Canon Elura 60 had the same zoom problem as the all others had. It just zoomed itself to maximum. I had to hold the zoom button to keep the position. Sometimes, it fixed by itself. Next time when I use it, the problem came back again. Randomly!. It seems that this is a very common problem for this family of camcorder.



    I took the advice listed and banged the base on something hard....Holy Cow...I worked...NO MORE ZOOM PROBLEM!!! THANKS.

  • leona3339 Feb 28, 2009

    Elura 65 Mini Dv Zoom problem. I've had the camera for almost 5 years now and I had this zooming issue only once. I banged it against book and it fixed itself! I think it rocks! I was so surprised it worked. I was alreadysearching for a new cam!

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Guys, so weird but on another site it offered this suggestion: banged the base of your camera against something hard and it will become unstuck. So bang the base of your camera against something hard and it will work again, at least it works like it did but not sure for how long. Good luck. I can't believe that worked. Give it a try. I didnt hit it too hard either.

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I tried the banging the sides but just against my hand and it freakin' worked. I can't believe a solution this stupid is the actual fix. Anyone who is reading this must know that I do not advocate anyone including myself hitting their sensitive equipment but lets face it, the camera was not working and would just sit. So I figured, what the heck do I have to lose? I works, and you do not have to hit it very hard at all. My camera has been working great ever since. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO POSTED THIS CRAZY TECHNIQUE.

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I wonder how many repair shops have made a killing out of people that had this problem? Tapping the bottom actually works. Thanks for the advise!

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Unbelievable! I slighlty tapped the base on my desk (wood) and it worked. If the zoom indicator appears in the view finder, that means it is not working. When I tapped it slightly on my desk it disappeared, and the zoom began working.

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Yes the hit on my desk fix mine too.

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My dad banged it  against his leg after reading leonas suggestion, genius it worked

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It really really works!!! Just with the base against my palm and hit three
time, the problem disappeared. So weird. (Remove tape and battery first
as somebody suggested)

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Wow, this is wild. I recently turned my Elura 80 on for the first time in about a year. The camera took a good amount of time to zoom all the way out, and once I let go of the zoom, it would automatically zoom back in. I thought it was perhaps a setting on the camera until I researched it and came across this forum. When I read of people banging it against books or dropping it on the floor, I laughed it off, until I got frustrated enough to try it myself. Let me tell you- I took out the tape, turned off the camera and hit both sides as well as the bottom against a book. After turning the camera back on within SECONDS the problem was fixed. Good to know! My camera is fine after hitting it, and in perfect working condition. 

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Amazing! Banging on the base lightly (not too hard) actually freed it up and it seems to work. Thanks all.

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Can't believe it, but following the advice here, I just gave it a good slap it on its base with the palm of my hand after removing the tape and battery and it worked.  Thanks all!  

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I try to find out why it need to be shaked like that, I thought that it was a bad contact ? but I'm not sure. What canon has to say about that ?

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IF YOU KNCK HARD ON THE BASE OT THIS PIEACE OF SH-T IT SEEMS TO WORK. IT WORK FOR ME. 

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

I too have the same issue on mine. Maybe you don't have the eject tape issue like I do. I concur with your assessment, don't buy any Canon Products in the future.

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