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JVC camcorder with blurred images

One day I noticed that even though my camera was on automatic, the focus was off and the images were blurry. If I zoom in to a certain point it would be clear again but other than that it's just blurred. Did something go wrong with my settings or is my camera preparing for it's grave. Is there a way to troubleshoot this problem?

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You could try using the focus button on the left side of your camera. Because I have the same camera and that happened to me before but if you just push the focus button a few times it show work.

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It could be an issue with the dioptre adjustment: 1 Set the Power Switch to ?A? or ?M? while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch. 2 Make sure the LCD monitor is closed and locked. Pull out the viewfinder fully and adjust it manually for best viewability. So slide the rubber eyecup toward you. 3 Turn the Dioptre Adjustment Control until the indications in the viewfinder are clearly focused. The control is a litttle knob on the sied of eye-piece. While looking through the viewfinder, turn the knob until it is focused. Hope this helps. NewMediaMan

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