Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera
I accidentally dropped my camera. When I turned it on in normal picture mode, the focus keep on moving in and out, then a message appear "Please turn camera off and then on again". I turned off the camera but the shutter won't closed. Any suggestion what went wrong and how to fix it? I called Panasonic, and they estimated the repair cost is more than $250. It is the same price of a new camera. Please help me.
This recently happened to me and I too got a hefty quote from the company since mine was no longer under warranty. I figured since it was trash anyways, I might as well take it apart and see if I could figure out what was broken. After removing all of the screws and removing the top pin strip from the board (there is a piece of tape on it) and flipping the lens part away from the board, I was able to remove the small gear compartment on the side of the lens housing (held on by one small screw) and the 3 screws on the back of the lens and carefully flip out the digital camera part and push the lens back into it's original closed position. I then carefully reinserted the digital part back into the lens making sure everything was nice and flush and closed it back up. Works like new :D However, if you're nervous about digital machines, I wouldn't reccomend doing this. Luckily for me when my camera fell it simply knocked the digital lens out from the housing and it didn't pop back in right afterwards, causing the lens to not be able to turn completely like it should. If yours is damaged more than this, it may not be such an easy fix. And the camera is difficult to handle as it is connected by those pin strips everywhere. It made me nervous to handle it as I probably could have made it worse, but, I had nothing to lose. Hope this helps out the next person.
Posted on Aug 20, 2007
I took guitartists 'rough' guide for disassembly to fix this problem on my camera, because hitting the bottom didn't work. The biggest issue is handling the camera after you take it apart, because there are 3 (I think) small ribbon cables that seem to be permanently attached.
Here is what I did...(I am not sure if this is all necessary to access the gear mechanism)
- Unscrew the 7 screws (4 on sides, 3 on bottom) on the outside case and lift the back off at the bottom and the top of the back panel should pop off.
- Carefully flip the back panel on its face to expose a ciruitboard (the back panel is attached to this by a small ribbon cable that seems fixed).
- Unscrew 3 more of the small silver screws (2 on the circuitboard, 1 on the right side of the camera holding the leash loop).
- Unscrew 2 more of the screws (just above the circuitboard and down into the camera) to slip the top panel off.
- Carefully take the tape off of and unhook the small ribbon cable at the top of the circuitboard (I think you need to push the tiny black tabs, on its sides, in to get the cable to release).
- Carefully flip the main circuitboard away (it will still be attached to the back panel by a ribbon cable and to the camera lens by a ribbon cable at the base) and be sure to slide the battery compartment (it is attached to the circuitboard) out of the groove on the front panel.
- Unscrew the 3 silver screws (around the camera lens) that hold the camera lens to the front panel.
- Carefully pull the camera lens assembly away from the front panel (nothing should be attached to the front panel, but the camera lens is still attached to the main circuitboard which is then attached to the back panel).
- Unscrew the 2 black screws that hold the gear motor to the lens assembly ( the gear motor is a small black box thing on the side of the lens assembly and the screws that attach it are on the top of it conected to the back bracket of the lens).
- Carefully flip the gear motor away from the lens assembly (it is attached by another small ribbon cable) so that its gear is not touching the main lens gear.
- Carefully grasp the back bracket of the lens and rotate the center black cylinder of the lens back and forth to open and close the lens until it can move all the way out and close back up without issue.
If you still have trouble, then you will need to dive into the gearing inside the lens and you are on your own for that. :P
To put the camera back together, go backwards through the steps. lol
The camera inards are awkward and delicate, so don't bother unless you know what you are doing or have nothing to lose.
I had already bought a better DMC camera for cheaper than the cost to repair the LZ2, so I really had nothing to lose. Now I have 2 good quality cameras that work. Yay!
Posted on Apr 23, 2008
ALSO! DO NOT TAKE THIS CAMERA TO THE BEACH, BUILDING SITES OR USE WHEN RECORDING FIREWORKS YOU HAVE SET UP YOURSELF!
I say this as SAND will get in the Lens arpeture and gearing causing GRINDING and the error above. Luckily I am able to repair this problem myself, but I will just warn you.
Posted on Nov 09, 2007
I read this and instead of pulling it apart, i just shut it off and wacked the bottom of the camera against the palm of my hand until screen was back to normal and shutter and zoom started to work properly again.
Posted on Aug 26, 2007
I did this, too, and thought the camera was gone. But, I just pressed really hard and popped the shutter back in, then turned it on again. It worked fine after that.
Posted on Jun 04, 2007
I have the same exact problem. I didn't drop my camera, but it does the exact same thing that you described. Have you found a solution? If so, please email me!! email@example.com Is your camera still under the one-year warranty? And they still said it will cost $250?
Posted on Aug 12, 2006
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