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Panasonic FZ5 Does anyone know where I can get a part for my lens. It's a little gear the size of a screw head. Of course my camera is not under warranty.

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The most cost-effective way to fget this part will most probably be getting a dead/broken donor camera off ebay.
Even if you had a precise part description, part prices are insane if you try to order directly from panasonic or their service suppliers.

Good luck,

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My son is in the middle of Australia and dropped his Canon powershot sx130 camera. How do you reset it? He has no computer access.

You haven't said what the fault is with his camera, but it's most likely that his camera has a lens error, this is such a common fault that I hope you don't mind me pasting my stock generic answer below. No point in reinventing the wheel!

Stuck lenses are probably the most common reason that compact digital cameras get thrown away, but there's a fair chance of recovering use of your camera again

The fault is commonly caused by dirt or grit blocking the mechanism, or due to it having suffered a recent fall. Another common cause is that the camera was in a pocket or bag and the power button accidentally activated and tried to open the lens against resistance. The mechanism may have simply become dislodged or there may be parts which have broken.

If your camera is still under warranty and has definitely not been subject to misuse then contact the Canon service department in your country to find out about a free repair. If the warranty has expired though a professional repair will far exceed the cost of replacing your camera. You will therefore have nothing to lose by trying to fix this yourself.

Please click here and you will be taken to an excellent article provided by the Camera Repair website. For the most part, you'll be guided on how to physically manipulate your camera to try and clear the fault. Although the article mentions Canon a few times, the advice applies equally to all cameras with lens errors and is not model-specific.

If the link doesn't work then cut and paste the following address into your browser:-

Good luck, I hope you manage to use this information to fix your camera. Please take a moment to rate the speedy and free answer I have provided for you and any testimonial which you might wish to add is always welcome!

Oct 08, 2010 | Cameras



I purchased a Kodak camera model Easyshare C330, but there was a problem on the lens. When I turned the camera on, the screen shows the error 15 and 25. It says something about "Lens error" and "Lens stepper motor error".
I was looking for some information on internet about how to fix this problem and I found this is a common failure on Easyshare kodak cameras. So far, this problem affects models DX 4530, V550, C310, C330, C643 C743, LS443 and who knows how many models.
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The solution posted on internet is so simple: Hit it. bang the camera and the lens will work again. Even a woman said she was so upset, she throwed the camera against the wall and miracle!, it was working again.
So, How is possible that "banging" the camera will fix it? Doesn't make sense.
My camera have no serial number as it was erased because the use (Kodak, next time, engrave serial numbers), so I was not able to determine if it still under warranty. Kodak charges more than $100.00 to fix it plus shipping and handling... a new camera is less than $100.00
I decided to find the reason who those camera fails, even the Nikon cameras (coolpix models) have the same problem, specially the L3 and L4. As I have experience on electronics and destroying some items, I decided to find the source of the failure by myself.

First, I removed 6 screws from the camera.
*** Warning *** Do not try this. Hi-voltages are present on all digital cameras.

To remove the front cover, I had to remove two screws on the side.

Before removing the cover, I had to pry the trigger to remove it. Now, the front will come out.

Now, after receiving a nasty shock becase I was not careful enough, I had to discharge the capacitor. It contains more than 300 volts with a high current charge. Believe me: You shoud NOT try to open your camera unless you know what are you doing.

After removing the cover, I found there is no access to the lens mechanism, so I had to find another way to disassemble it. While looking, I saw the low quality work done on the camera during assembly at the factory.

To access the lens, I had to remove the display. Removing it carefully as I had to use a flat screwdriver taking care of the ribbon cable. The white and pink cables are hi-voltage cables.

Under the display, there are four screws that needs to be removed.

Finally, I have access to the lens. Now, I have to remove three (maybe four) more screws to see the lens mechanism and find why those cameras fails.
The CCD is completely exposed. It should be protected and avoid any contact with it.

Finally, Here is the problem: Teeth gears are broken.
Those gears are tiny that, actually, it breaks easily.
So. If you have a Digital camera with "Lens Error", you may be able to fix it banging it because the broken tooth is jamming the mechanish. When you hit the camera, the tooth broken will fall and the mechanism will work again...

... but it will not work for too long. Slowly, other tooth gears will break and the lens will die.
Kodak, as other manufacturers, saves a lot of money using cheap part. Shame on you Kodak! A simple gear that cost less than 5 cents makes a $100.00 camera completely unusable.
Well... In fact, is not their fault. Think about it and you will find why manufacturers are using cheap parts.

So, If you have a Kodak camera, or Nikon camera with "lens error", it may work again if you bang it a little, but that "repair" doesn't completely fix the problem. It will completely break soon.

on Jan 15, 2010 | Cameras

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Zoom Error on Olympus SP-500UZ

I have this exact same camera and I had the exact same error. Since it was no longer under warranty, I decided to see what I could do myself. The zoom tube has a ring surrounding it and on the bottom of the ring there is a tiny Phillips head screw. I removed the screw and loosened and jiggled the ring a little bit. I then turned on the camera and it worked. I replaced the screw and it still worked. I don't know if I was just lucky or what. I would not recommend trying this if the camera is still under warranty. I figured I had nothing to loose.

Jul 06, 2009 | Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera

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Lens error 12 appears on screen, lens wont retract and camera turns itself off. How do I fix this

It is very easy to fix. Just Be Very Careful when doing the following Repair.

You will need the Following a Size 0 Screw Driver, and a Small Eye Glass Flat Head Screw driver.

1. remove the 4 Screws holding the side panels. (Make sure you do not mix these screws with the ones on step 2) as these screws are shorter.
2. Remove the 6 Screws on the bottom of the camera
3. Now carefully pull apart from the bottom up. You will see 2 more screws on the left side but do not remove them.
4. Seperate the Front faceplate carefully around the Lens assembly.
5. while keeping the Camera with the lens Facing Strate Up, remove the Two Screws on the right side of the Lens, but keep caution not to move the camera while the screws are out of place.
6. remove the Cover to the Lens Gears.
7. Now this is very important!!!!, Take the Small Eyeglass Flat head Screw Driver and Pry the Gear To the Left, not the one by the motor. you do not have to take the gear off, however just enough to allow you to Move the Lens Assembly manualy.
8. Turn the Lower half of the Lens assembly carefully until the Lens is compleatly In and lens protector flaps Shut.
9. Put the Gear back on.
10. put the Gear Cover back on and Screw the Two screws back in. Make sure they are Firmly tightened
11. Put the Front Face Plate back on by putting on the top first, then closeing the bottom.
12. make sure the side pannel with the Wrist Strap is in Correctly before screwing it in.
13. Place the Side Pannels back on and Screw them in.
14. Screw the 6 Bottom Screws back in.

Now put the Battery Back in and test it out. This should fix the error you were having. i just perfomed this on my camera 15 min before i Wrote these instructions it worked! Step 15 get back to taking great shots!


Nov 24, 2008 | Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z60 Digital Camera

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Lens jammed

The lens needs to be removed.  The camera case can be taken apart by using a small philips screw driver and a small flat head. Take the batteries out. Have a nice flat space to lay the screws out.  Pry out the little chrome piece with the UL sticker on it. (Carefully use the flat head). Start somewhere you will remember and begin to remove the screws going clockwise around the camera.  There is a screw under the rubber flap of the "3X" chrome cover.  The top of that must be pryed out and lifted up to remove. Take the back cover off. Lift out the top of the LCD screen and remove the 4 screws that hold it in. Start a new row of removed screws. The LCD ribbon can be removed by popping the white plastic clasp up. Next remove the menu pad ribbon from the board by lightly tugging on it. You should be able to remove the front cover by lifting it up to unhook it from the top power button strip. There are 2 screws that hold the top power strip in place. There is also a plastic hook on the front side. There are 6 screws holdong the board to the frame. A different size screw is located underneath the power strip ribbon. Loosen the 2 screws holding the flash.  THe white ribbon will be the flash ribbon and the gold one next to it will be the lens ribbon. NOTICE the lens ribbon must pass under the flash.  The side with the lens will have a small board that pushes into the main board.  To seperate it, gently pry it apart with a small flathead. There is a hidden screw for the board at the top where the end of the battery compartment. It needs to be removed before the board will come out. Once the board is out, there are three screws holding the lens in the case (they are black screws, not the chrome ones)  Once they are removed, the lense will fall out. There are 3 black screws holding the largest motor on the lens.  They are above the text "Sony Lens" remove those and the gears of the lense will be able to move freely. Twist the base to get the lense unstuck.

Jun 27, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Digital Camera

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E18 pops up

An E18 error refers to a problem with the lens. Generally you receive this error if the lens is stuck, which often happens if you drop your camera while the lens is extended or if something like sand or dirt gets inside the lens barrel/gears. Your situation, however, sounds different since the lens seems to extend before giving the E18 error.

If the lens is fully extending before giving the E18 error, you most likely have a problem with the lens sensor located around the O-ring inside your lens barrel... either the sensor itself is damaged or the little plastic piece on the O-Ring that triggers the sensor is broken. If that's the case, there is nothing you can do yourself unless you feel like taking apart the entire camera and finding a replacement piece.

If the lens only comes out a little bit and is not fully extending before giving the E18 error, it sounds like something is making your lens get stuck. If you've recently been to the beach or a park where there is sand, try using a can of compressed air and blow it into the little gaps in the lens barrel... you may be able to blow the sand/dirt out, solving your problem. If the air doesn't work and you feel comfortable taking apart your camera, you can get to the gearbox and manually retract the lens by following my instructions below. Otherwise, I'd suggest a repair shop.

WARNING: TAKING APART YOUR CAMERA VOIDS THE WARRANTY AND CAN BE DANGEROUS! The capacitor that charges the flash can still hold enough voltage to give you a massive shock even when the battery has been removed for some time. Please only attempt to disassemble the camera if you feel comfortable doing so. I accept no liability for anything that happens should you follow my instructions below.

In order to open the camera you will need to remove six screws on the outer casing (2 where the wriststrap ties on, 2 on the opposite side, and 2 on the bottom). After unscrewing all 6 screws, pull the back and front casings off from the bottom out, as there is a clip-hinge on the top next to the shutter button that needs to disengage before you can fully remove the casing. Once the casing is removed, there is one screw holding in the flash apparatus, on the side. Remove it and carefully bend back the metal cage around the flash apparatus and pull it up. The flash will still be attached to the camera with a pair of wires (yellow and black) and a ribbon cable... leave those in place. Please be CAREFUL when handling the flash because the capacitor (the big black thing under the flash) can hold enough voltage to give you a severe shock even with the battery removed. Underneath where the flash was you will see a multi-tiered black piece of plastic... this is the gearbox cover. Remove the three screws from the cover and carefully lift the cover off the gearbox. Inside will be a motor shaft and 4 gears (2 white, 2 black). Remove the BIG black gear closest to the lens. Then temporarily replace the gearbox cover. With the big black gear removed, the lens should freely glide in and out if you push or pull on it. Do this several times in order to clean out any gunk that may have gotten into the grooves of the lens barrel. Then, open up the gearbox, replace the black gear, and screw the gearbox cover back on. Replace the flash into the metal cage and screw it back in. Finally, put the metal outer casing back on the camera and, before screwing it in, try to turn it on. Hopefully it will work again and you can screw everything back in. If not, your problem will require significantly more disassembly.

Apr 02, 2008 | Canon Powershot SD450 / IXUS 55 Digital...

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Lens stuck and beeping

The lens is jammed.
This is a result of damage to the gear in the motor asssembly.
The gear teeth have been broken off & as a result the gears that drive the opening& closing of the barrel dont mesh together resulting in the jam and your 4 beeps!!
If your interested in selling it to me let me know.

Mar 03, 2008 | Samsung NV10 Digital Camera

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Samsung NV10 lens won't retract/Autofocus doesn't work

please check your manufacture warranty as my samsung nv10 comes with a 2 year warranty

Feb 13, 2008 | Samsung NV10 Digital Camera

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Lens Error

As solutions 1 & 2 indicate, lubing the gears works!! This is a great camera, so I hope all of the QV-R4 owners try this. I may become a maintenance item for the camera.

I have a few additional tips.

The gear that needs to lube is larger black gear driven by a small white gear. To get to it, only the back cover needs to be removed (don’t take off the flat cable to the back case; it’s a nightmare to put back on). There is a small motor on the bottom of the camera. The motor drives a small white gear that in turn drives a larger black gear. The black gear is hard to get to. To lube it, I used a hi-tech dry bicycle lube and a very small paint brush w/ long bristles. I also turned the white gear a few revs to be able to coat the black gear better. This may have helped get past the sticking point on the black gear.

After two attempts the “lens error” was gone, but the white gear was still having problems turning the black gear. This set of gears appears to focus the camera, hence the image was blurry. Some more lube and spinning of the gears and the problem was gone. Gone I said, gone.

My beloved camera is now back in service. Total time to fix, 30 minutes (I actually took a bit more apart than I needed to J )

Sep 12, 2005 | Casio QV-R4 Digital Camera

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Lens Protection Size!!!

Get a CLA-1 lens tube. It screws into the camera body. The other end accepts 43mm accessories. Put on a 43-49mm step-up ring. Into that screw a 49mm UV filter. (The step-up ring is needed to separate the filter from the extended lens.) Leave the UV filter on at all times. Throw away the lens cap.

Sep 11, 2005 | Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom Digital Camera

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