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My (infrared?) focussing (and light meter) has suddenly stopped functioning, is this because of a setting, or has a component broken? If the letter can it readily be fixed?

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Hi.

The problem is rather unlikely caused by a setting. ensure that you are not in manual mode and reset the camcorder, both using the reset in camccorder setting menu, and then removing the battery for two minutes.
I do not think this will help.

If that does not help try first cleaning the sensor surface, on the front lower side of the camcorder.

If still no luck, then the sensor is defective. To get a quote on repair call Sony at the number listed on the user manual, or get a quote from a third party service here:Repair.

Regards.

Ginko.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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