Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Digital Camera

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Flash problems flash is not working properly. i think it is not going off in time or something, pictures turn out very dark or over exposed.

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  • anon42 Nov 26, 2007

    Other sites have described this since 2006. We are having the same
    problem. There are at least two modes of failure. In the first, a
    less-than-full-power flash goes off significantly before the shutter
    noise, and the result is clearly no flash. The second mode is an all
    washed out photo, indicating the flash did not shut off when the
    exposure was complete. In rare circumstances, the picture actually

  • warren5714 Nov 26, 2007

    We've had our camera for just over a year, and it's just started taking very dark pictures when the flash is on. It's fine in good light with the flash switched off, but even with exposure at maximum, any picture taken with the flash is very dark. The flash does actually flash, but it seems not to be bright enough. Can this be fixed?

  • lschumacher Nov 27, 2007

    I have exactly the same problem... also looking for any firmware update and nothing available

  • KSquared Nov 28, 2007

    Yeah. I talked to my art photography teacher and he said that there's definitely a malfunction going on. At first I thought I had accidentally changed a setting wrong, but the AP teacher played with all the settings and tested them each time. They all turned out over exposed or too dark because the flash misses when the camera actually takes the picture or something.

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    i have the same probleme this look like panasonic will not offer an firmware i thinks i will buy an canon camera she will function much good than the panasonic

  • CoopDog Dec 11, 2007

    Same problem here - very frustrating. Called Panasonic yesterday and they said they have no record of this problem. Grrrrrrr. Out of warranty and minimum repair price is $160.00. WTF?!?!

  • orionm42 Dec 25, 2007

    i have the same problem with the flash, the display indicates that the flash is not properly charged (red lines around flash picto) and with red eyes reduction on it gives one very weak flash before taking the picture.

    After taking a series of flash pictures the problem seems to disapear maybe it is a problem with the flash capacitor that needs to be regenerated (or something like that ??)

  • jocle Apr 15, 2008

    My DMC TZ1 worked for 18 months very well. Then its flash started malfunctioning - either overexposing much or underexposing. It seemed like the flash was not going off at full power when it was underexposing. So now I can only use the camera in daylight without flash, and then it works quite well. At night indoors the pics become blurred unless the subject is quite still. I am thinking of sending off my camera to Panasonic repair to check what has happened.

  • cheluca May 09, 2008

    Same problem here. My camera starts to malfunctioning after 1 year an a half approximately. The flash shuts way early than the shutter resulting dark red pictures, even when the flash is totally charged. In any mode happens the same. I'm dissapointed, and it seems that very people have the same problem. I have to buy another camera because I don't want this anymore, I lost beautiful memories because it didn't work propperly when flash is needed.



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When you shootting on the dark place try to half press the shutter , to compensate the distance ,focus, and etc. to accurate the shot.

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This seems to be a common problem with the TZ1. Same thing is happening to mine. Just google 'TZ1 flash problem'. You'll find plenty to read.

Posted on Dec 25, 2007


I've been in touch with one of the Panasonic repair centres and they reckon the problem is with the timing, which seems to fit with what everyone is saying. We've sent the camera off and they think it should be about £45 to fix.

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