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My Elura somehow is zooming in all the time. I can back it out slowly but as soon as I take my finger off - it zooms in again. Please let me know how to fix this. Thanks

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  • todd marigold Feb 08, 2012

    IT DOES WORK! I bought the E70 off Craiglist for 40 bucks probably because it was doing this to the girl that owned it. I got it to play cassettes, tried to find what "function" caused this stuck zoom to happen and the guy below is right, just a good tap to the side and it stopped! Unbelievable, it worked!!!!



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The zoom in rocker is stuck, its a physical problem, you need to try cleaning it with surgical alcohol and an ear bud. or take it to a camera repair shop.

Posted on May 06, 2010

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    dj LaPlaya May 06, 2010

    also you can try whacking the camera, just like a fairly hard whack, like you are clapping that kind of force, that will fix it!!!!!

  • PC402 Dec 25, 2010

    hey, thank you. I had this problem and I hit the camera and it worked right away. Awesome fix at 8am on xmas morning.

  • Cesar Oct 14, 2011

    I'll be damned! The whacking actually WORKED! IT WORKED! I had that stupid problem for YEARS!!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! May the Force Be With You Always.

  • Andrew S May 16, 2013

    I have an Elura 80 that decided to start this trick of slowly zooming in by itself the day (TODAY) of my sons 2nd grade musical. I shook the zoom button fully from side to side many times and only in frustration did I smack it after reading this page. It WORKS now. I don't know how long it'll stay working but I need it to go for at least one more hour!



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