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Panasonic tz3 cover gets stuck

Everytime ive tried to turn on my cam, the lens cover wont fully extend out (its stuck), its never been dropped either. It displays this message " PLEASE TURN CAMERA OFF THEN BACK ON AGAIN" and i do this but it wont fix it. Help!! please!!

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Common problem with TZ3. You can try to lub lens cover using graphite lub. Use it sparingly and after lens works, wipe off excess with dust cloth. Be sure not to get any on lens itself.

If lub doesn't work, you can pull out the lens cover altogether and find a manual lens cap the will fit.

The other option is to sell it on ebay to a repairman in a auction and replace it with another working used ones. Keep your accessories and by a used one cheap without accessories.

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