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I have just bought a Lumix FZ18 camera (July 08). It worked perfectly on all settings at first, but has now developed an apparent fault in which it shows an overexposed image on all settings apart from automatic. When the shutter button is partially depressed, the image in the viewfinder or on the screen shows as normal, but when the shutter is activated it immediately reverts to over-exposed and the resulting image is the same. Can you advise please

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  • bbridgerd Sep 05, 2008

    Hi Kevin,

    I'm sorry I couldn't answer immediately yesterday, but I was at work and the camera and manual were at home. Is it possible to change the default exposure time for all the modes the camera (Lumix FZ18) uses. I can't seem to find a way to do it other than on manual modes. I thought I may have inadvertantly altered a default factory setting although I haven't really attempted to change anything much. If it is a fault in the camera, it is only about a month or so since I bought it. I can use Auto mode and get perfect results, but I can't use portrait, landsape etc with very marked overexposure. Can you advise me further in more detail.


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Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on.

Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install the new batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life. Error E30 means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.

Fix #3: Insert the cameras AV cable, and turn the camera on in picture review mode. Have no idea why this would work, except that quite a few people have reported some success with it.

Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).

Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.

Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.

Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera. The following photo illustrates unseated guide pins that would cause a lens error.

Hopes this may help you;

Regards,
VOTIT

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I have the same camera and had the same problem about 2 months after i bought it, it is a hardware issue, i exchanged mine for another. aside from that problem they are nice cameras.

cheers, Nick

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It is probably a lens/exposure problem, due to a logical fault, a lens fault, or a faulty control board.

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    Try first resetting camera settings to factory default, you find the option is settings menu.
    Also perform a reset by taking out battery.

    If you still have the problem, then problem is hardware.

    You can get service by any local repair shop or calling the number at the end of the user manual.


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Lower the exposure time of the camera and then try.

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