Zoom will not stay set and changes when button is released. It zooms very slowly out to the wide angle setting and automatically returns quickly to the max telephoto setting when the button is released.
Tons of people w/ any canon elura series cameras including myself, with a canon elura 80 have the same zoom problem. It does not appear that canon has done anything to try to solve this mass problem with this series of cameras. Oddly enough the only way to solve this problem is to give it a tap and gentle hits near the zoom button to release what would seem to be a jam. Sorry that there's really no straight forward answer, but for now its the best i can give.
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There is control switch block that has zoom/wide switch along with play, rewind, forward, stop, pause buttons and this switch block flip up and down while ejecting/ load tape in camcorder, this will be replaced as zoom/wide switch got defective and sending continues command of zoom to system control chip. Let me know if you need part number of switch block control for DCR-TRV120
Usually this is a back focus problem; also called a flange back adjustment. If the back focus adjustment is possible on this camera, zoom out wide - open iris all the way - and adjust focus and lock position.
Listen, I know it's a couple of years after this post but, try this: Remove cassette, push to close, close camera as if to use it, hold firmly in left hand, open hand slap it with your right hand once or twice, (I'm not joking) it worked the two times I had this problem. Problems with the zoom? Almost same process, push firmly on zoom button (to un-zoom) try doing this as your tapping it. These are last ditch efforts on an aging camera, it really has been a good one. I've put this poor thing through years of abuse, and it's held up pretty well. Good luck, Jeff S.
The wide angle aspect of video lenses seems to have been overlooked (perhaps disregarded) by the camera makers.
Most rave on about how many times optical and digital ZOOM they have, forgetting entirely that the wide angle end is just as valuable.
A trip through the speccies of most new cameras reveal the widest setting to be around 40 degrees - the same as the unaided eye.
For those familiar with 35mm stills terminology, about a 50mm equivalent.
Yet there are soooooooo many things that can be done with a decent (or half decent) wide angle.
It would be fantastic if they could give us (in 35mm terms) something like a 28 to 200 which was a standard purchase, or as Canon did ten years ago, a 35 to 300mm zoom.
Until then, I guess we will just have to shop around for wide angle converters.
I use a Sony (made by Carl Zeiss) one for my Sony DV handicam. It cost about $120 and is worth its weight in gold. I use this more than the "normal" lens, and get some stunning results. The mount thread is 39mm, and gives me a 28mm equivalent.
When I was growing up with 35mm, I bought some fisheye converters, and they really were cheap and nasty.. proving that you gets what you pays for.
The only caveat with a W/A converter is to be very careful of stray light and dust on the lens, as the depth of field will go from the lens surface to infinity in sunlight, and any dirt will 'flare'.
Have a check of the various ads in the mag and manufacturer websites for the converters. Oh and treat them like they are made of eggshell, as the multi coating on the lenses is very delicate.