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Refurbished Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Almost all my pictures are too bright. And the candlelight and high sensitivity mode come out with yellow spots all over everything. I don't know if it's me and I have changed a setting that I can't undo or if it's defective. Is there anyway to re-set everything? Thank you in advance. I love lots of things about this camera (long battery life, quick response to take and recover, size, feel) but I am not happy with the quality of my pictures.

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Re: Refurbished Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Very common problem on TZ3s. On some units, it will self correct. Can you open it fully by hand and will it stay open? Some have had success by tapping on outside of extended lens with a non-abrasive plastic or hard rubber rod, etc., firmly once or twice, but not hard.

I would call Panasonic repair and try to get them to fix their design problem on you camera at no cost, first. Just google the net and you will see how prevalent this problem is, as well as what others have had some success fixing themselves.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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Lens cover does not open or close fully. any suggestions?

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