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Black pictures Hello! We are from sweden and have enjoyed our camera a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5. The camera has been greate, but something happend when we took photos of our daughter at her Lucia celebration at school. We took photos of her with the darkmode "night scenery". Then it started to malfunctioning. We can look at the picures in the camera, but we cant take new ones. The camera takes only black pictures, and we cant see anything on the display while trying to take new ones. ( only the photos that we have already taken), we have also tried to record movie scenes and even tried to reset the setups for the camera, but it is still not working. Please can you answer us if it is broken or if it is some kind of installation we have to do. If the camera is broken, do you think it will be very expensive to repear it? (pardon for the bad language) Marry Christmas and have a great new year! /Pia och Anders

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  • johnny_rpl Jan 13, 2009

    Hi! I have the same problem with my camera. It is a very similar model, the TZ4. Heard from a technician that I have to change the CCD. As mine is still in the warranty time I am going to send to them.



    But first, just to be sure it is not a simple problem with a circuit, I am going to take the battery out and leave it like that for a couple of days.

    When I receive the feedback from the service I will post it here for you guys.



    See ya!

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I had the very same problem develop after I found my 2 yr old with our camera.  Black pictures... but could review all past pictures - so I knew it was not the display.  All other functions were normal.
I search these forums and found others with Lumix cameras that had the same problem.  It was a loose ribbon cable to the CCD.  There are 7 screws to the camera case - once those are out - you are able to take the back of the camera off.  At the bottom - near the battery compartment is a half  inch ribbon cable.  When I investigated - the black retaining clip was in the up position.  So apparently - a good drop from my 2yr old caused it to come loose.  I nudged the ribbon back into position and pushed the retaining clip down.  It does not appear to lock well... so I cut a tiny 1/8 inch by 1/2 inch piece of electrical tape and placed it over the whole retaining clip.  Put the screws back in, then batteries and powered up.  Able to take pictures again.
Hope this helps - It took me all oof 10 minutes to complete and worth the investigation if it solves your problem.  I love this camera and has been my favorite yet.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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