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Condinsation or Mechanical?

I accidentally left my digital camera in my car over night. The temperatures dropped below zero and it was snowing. I stupidly brought my camera back inside the house with out slowly warming it up to avoid condensation and mechanical problems. I left the camera inside in a dry place, but did not remove battery or memory card. I had taken a picture inside before turning it off and leaving it for the day.

Next day, I go and take my camera outside (still snowing) and then I try and take a picture and it powers on, but then automatically zooms out to the fullest and then a message appears on the screen “please turn camera off and then on again” after doing this repeatedly I gave up and made a mad dash into the car, as lenses would not retract/turn off properly.

I currently have the camera at my moms house in a dry place on a cotton towel with battery out, and battery compartment open an no memory card inside in hopes that it might need to dry more. I have never had a problem with this camera and cold weather, I have taken it outside in all sorts of cold conditions and up snowboarding in minus degree weather.

Also, when it starts up, I can hear a slight stuttering of the motor, then that is when it gives me the "turn off and on again message", also when I turn it "off" it does not power down properly, it is like "off" has become "on" and "on" has become "on" ...

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  • daydreamz82 Dec 10, 2007

    I managed to get my camera working with out having to open it up. Thank you for your great problem solving solution..

    I let it sit on a cotton cloth for over a week, battery and SD card outside of it, left camera in the "off position" with lenses open .... Put batter back inside camera, and during the "turn on, automatic zooming out" I changed the camera mode to "SCN" and pressed Menu, and selected "Portrait" shooting mode.

    I have no idea why doing this fixed it, just that it did and that I am happy I do not have to purchase a new camera. My words of advice to anyone this happends to, try playing around with the buttons, and changing it to differnt shooting modes before the error "turn off and on again" message appears. It just might save you the money of buying a new camera.

  • daydreamz82 Dec 10, 2007

    I created a video on YOUTUBE about how I solved my problem. I am so thankful it now works!

  • smkelly3 Feb 17, 2009

    I have the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7 Digital camera, Everytime i turn on my camera, a message displays please turn camera off and then on again. I turn it off and on and nothing just same error message. i do this several time and just the same error message. I will change the batteries and even take the memory card out and still the same message. I even try reseting it-on several occassions, but nothing? What could be wrong and why is this camera doing this. its not that old, and i don't use it that often for it to be functioning like this. please help.

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Hi there. Your problem i had it before at least twice. It is about condensation. What You should not have done was to start it up after getting it from those temperatures, but then again, how could You know?

1-As humidity blured the lenses, even inside whats worse, the camera wont be able to find a focus setting. That will be all the crazy motor sounds you hear.

2-humidity also afects electronics, which may induce to camera to start up and shut down several times out of control, as water conducts electricity and is all over the mother board and switches.

3-You did good, removing the battery is the first thing to do.
Now you have to wait till the camera gets as dry as possible inside.

4-The lenses WILL have to be cleaned. At some point they might look dry and clean but believe me, they will need to be cleaned.

5-If I was You, the camera wasnt under warranty, and I was ready to buy another one... i would do the next:
A-disassemble as much as possible being able to put back together. i wouldnt touch the lense assembly.

B-as there is monitor/screen anti-dust sprays, such those for office use, theres also someting similar for electronics, mother boards and all. get one of those and if you cant find it then go with the usual anti-dust.

C-spray whatever you could not spray the lenses.

D-both outside-most and inside-most lenses clean as you would clean a very expensive pair of reading glasses. use the right cleaner and whipe.

E-assemble back again, i wouldnt put all screws back as more cleaning might be nessesary. install battery and turn on.

F-if it works, congrats.i still think the lense will need cleaning inside.

G-if it is still acting crazy, either the humidity is still present or the damage was done for good when it was turned on that night. water would be responsible for conducting electrical current higher than normal to some important and delicate parts, such as processor and all.sorry.

H-either re-clean and try again or just sell for parts and buy another one.




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  • JEAN OQUET Dec 05, 2007

    By the way, the difference between taking it with you on freezing conditions and leaving it on the car is that your car was probably warm when you left it, and your car was also sealed up. This is totally different than justtaking it with you. if you were to have it on your pocket while staying inside the car for a whole night, snowing outside and all, the camera was going to be fine.

    Internal condensation is very demanding of various factors dancing together.



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