This is a common problem on this model that is really a design fault. The gears that drive the lens in and out are held in a flimsy mount that can flex and let the gears pop out of place. It is a bit of work to fix, but if you are going to toss the camera otherwise (which you would based on repair cost) you might as well have a go at it. This is a link to the step-by-step instructions. http://www.instructables.com/id/E233WXW4UGEVYDVWN1/
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Re: Locked up in alarm to remove lens cap
The issue is that your lens has become jammed or has malfunctioned. This can result from debris working their way into the lens's mechanical elements, an impact knocking the elements out of alignment, or an electrical failure with one of the motors which moves the lens.
You can try gently manipulating the zoom lens with a slight twisting motion. If this does not free the mechanism you will have to get the camera professional help. Check with your manufacturer for any service bullitins, also see if they will service your camera under warranty. If not, there are several service facilitys available online who can help you. Google it. :)
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Alarm 1. Press Menu Organizer Alarm On. 2. Enter the alarm time using the keypad. • For a single occurrence, select Single. • For a repeated alarm, select Repeated. Scroll through the list of days and press On to enable or Off to disable the alarm for each day. 3. Press Save to confirm. Snooze or turn off • When the alarm goes off a signal will sound. Press Stop to turn off the alarm or press Snooze to repeat the alarm after 9 minutes. Note! The alarm will work even when the phone is switched off. Do not press Yes to power on if wireless phone use is prohibited or when it may cause interference or danger. Tip: To edit an alarm, press Edit or Off to stop the alarm.
if the lens cap auto closes, when it is on, try to tap slowly near the lens, very gently, and check again....repeat several times, it should work. the other options are taking it to qualified service tech, just beacuse its has very fine gears.....try it, reason for tapping is, the switch indicator is stuck, and gives wrong signal...dust paritcals could be the reason for that..
Is the camera turned on? Removed the Cap on the Zoom lens? Try turning it off and on, while the cap cover on the lens is removed, then press the heart button and take some photos. What specifically is the warning?
I think a grain of sand was blocking the zoom tubes. This will not work if the camera has been dropped & the zoom apparatus is bent. It is entirely at your own risk & may invalidate any guarantee but they may charge anyway if you have got sand in.
I cut a finger of 80gm computer paper 1cm X 5cm. Inserted this first around outer zoom tube & worked it all around. It goes in quite deep so be gentle. I switched on to open zoom & tipped out batteries before it had time to close & repeated procedure. When I put batteries back in it worked OK. I repeated procedure with lens fully extended. I found a thin bit of plastic packing worked better as it did not kink so easily. It is still working today having failed 100% before.
I had the same problem with mine after I dropped my camera when it was opening up after turning on. It feel directly on the lens and ever sense has told be to remove the lens cap. I’ve disassembled the camera and discovered that the zoom motor drive assembly has a small set of plastic gears inside that are quite fragile and like mine are easily broken. You’ll find the zoom motor after taking the back assembly of the camera off. It’s located on the bottom left side of the lens assembly if you're looking at the camera as if you were taking a shot. Here’s the part no. from the Panasonic support web site..... L6DAAAHB0001 ZOOM MOTOR 46.07
1. Front Lens Cap- press the two side taps in and pull out. Rear Lens Cap- twist and pull out.
2. Remove and Repair: Small Phillip Screwdrivers, gloves and mask.
From the rear, the electrical contacts- remove all those screws. Some screws are locked with clue. Pinch black plastic ring that is part of those contacts and gently remove out. Don't brake the electrical contact ribbon cable.
(I just cut-n-pasted the comment into the solution so this shows up as a solved problem in searches.)
"I've found the solution!
Just goes to show that sometimes it's worth simply calling the importer's service department, who told me in 30 seconds!!
Hold the zoom twist-ring and push, or click it up or down, depending on which way you are holding the lens.
So simple; I even accused him of not knowing what he was talking
about.. and of course apologised profusely when it suddenly happened."