Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera
I've tried charging the battery and reinserting it. Then I go to put the carera ON and the lens cover does NOT open and the lens does not expand. So, naturally I can't do anything from that point on. THANK YOU
Well, I'm not sure if I can solve it but I did have a similar problem with my out of warranty TZ3. One day it just died - wouldn't power up, no display, nothing. I tried changing batteries, re-inserting them, recharging, checking contacts but to no avail. Nothing. I did some research online and found that there were a few others out there with the same problem and the fix was basically to throw it away and buy a new camera. The cost of having digital compacts professionally repaired these days is such that you may as well spend a little bit extra to get the latast model.
That being the case I figured I may as well dismantle it and see if there was anything obvious that I could do. It's not that difficult and if you are reasonably careful and comforable with components and printed circuit boards you won't have any problems. It turned out the problem with mine was one of the ribbon cables that connnects to the PCB that runs along the top of the camera - the connector is just below the on/off switch. It had come partially detached from the connector. I re-made the connection, re-assembled the camera and it all worked perfectly. And the good news was there were no components or screws left over - amazing.
More good news - I saved myself a few hundred dolllars. The bad news, I don't get to buy that TZ5 that I had almost justified purchasing. Good luck. If you need help dismantling the camera the service manual at http://tsn.pasc.panasonic.com/viewing/ALL/DMC-TZ3P/SVC/DSC0703019CE_PRINTB/DSC0703019CE.pdf
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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