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My Panasonic DMC-TZ3 lens cover gets stuck and won't open completely. It has been getting worse. If I CAREFULLY assist it, it will fully open. I don't remember any trauma, such as dropping the camera. I've had it almost a year and a half and the problem started about 6 months ago. I am going on a big trip in a week and need a reliable camera. Thanks! Bradley

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Do you mean the shutters which protect the lens? If this is the case, are you able to carefully open them by hand? If so, there is a chance that a bit of dirt is preventing the shutters from opening. You might be able to get rid of the dirt by carefully sliding a bit of paper (I find yellow post-it notes perfect for this) in between the shutter and inside of the lens to shift the possible dirt. Also, you can try putting a minute drop of isopropyl alcohol (used in lens cleaning fluid) in between the shutters and the lens assembly so the possible dirt dissolves - then try to carefully open the shutters by hand. I don't recommend using any other alcohol/liquid for that.

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