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First try pressing the DISP or DISPLAY button on the back of your camera. If that doesn't help, astuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.
The camera's ccd, the image sensor , is either faulty or has become disconnected. This is a fault that can't be fixed by fiddling with the settings. If the camera is under warranty, then return it for repair. If it is not, it may cost more to repair it than to replace it with a new and better camera. They get cheaper and more capable every year- don't spend too much restoring an old model.
I have the same problem - mine is from using the camera
in the pit at a concert - I think the camera got wet to some degree. I
have found a way to get to picture capture mode, but it is a workaround
and not a fix.
If you hold the display button (>) in for a
couple of seconds, and then turn the camera on, it will go into
playback mode without the lens extending. From there, if you press
display button (>) again, it will go into picture capture mode.
I'm still hoping that there is some way to fix this, but haven't found one yet.
First of all you should take a look to the little "guide" that I posted to the "stuck lenses" problem for LUMIX. But in your case the camera is very different, so: first thing you should do is (hoping that its just a simple stuck problem, try moving the zoom gently doing circular movements and then more gently in and out with the camera on. VERY GENTLY!!! if that does not help, try disassembling the camera, the structure is similar to the one I described in the text, although its parts are smaller and more delicate. Every LUMIX camera cheaper that $ 1500 seems to have this kind of problems... REMEMBER TO BE REALLY CAREFUL or your zoom will say good bye.
I have Fuji S3 pro and One body locked up during a reception and ERR displayed. 1st i turn off and on . it is work ok. 2nd time it happen again and still show ERR on dispayed. no way to reset. my camera out of warranty. estimate cost for repair 400$ per manifacture.