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What is causing my camcorder to zoom in all of the way while I am recording Bob Read.

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This is most likely a defective zoom rocker switch assembly and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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My Canon HF100 camcorder recently started to zoom or creep by itself. It really makes it difficult to record special moments in life cause you never know if it will zoom in by itself ruining the moment. ...


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Below is a link to a repair facility which should be able to help you.


www.discountcamerarepair.com

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