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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7 problems with lens extention/retraction

Today I turned on my camera to find that it would only half-focus on anything. The lens would not fully extend to focus, and when I tried to zoom it in and out to see it would fall into place, it just retracted fully back into the camera body. Now when I turn it on, I get the "turn camera off and then on again message" after a few seconds. The lens moves a little bit but does not open up or extend. I am thinking some grit may have got into the camera, it worked fine yesterday and hasnt been dropped (that I know of).

Any advice on how to rectify this situation is appreciated.

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  • Lumix_broke Feb 15, 2008

    The camera have only taken a few pictures, but when turned on it gives me the messarge to "Turn the Camera Off and Then Back On". It's almost brand new and has not had any damage and is not subject to grit. What can I do?

  • JohnSF Feb 22, 2008

    Same deal. Just got back from a trip and most of the pictures had focus problems. I'm thinking batteries, so I am wondering if there is a preferred battery choice for this model.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    Yes. I have the same problem. When I turn off and on the camera again the same problem repeats.


  • Anonymous May 18, 2008

    when I turn it on, I get the "turn camera off and then on again message" after a few seconds. the lens doesn't come out at all. it will display photos because the lens does not have to be out.

  • Anonymous May 22, 2008

    Same. I realized that I have grains of sand stuck between the telescoping segments of the lens (I really don't know what anything is called). However, my lens covers would originally not open. After a few somewhat forceful pounds to the side with my wrist, I got the covers to open (i.e., dislodged some sand). However, now I have this current problem, except in my case the covers are always open whether the camera is on or off. Furthermore, the lens is zoomed in. Every time I turn it on, it attempts to auto-focus, but then I get the "Please turn camera on and then off again" prompt. I'm thinking I still have some sand in there...should I crack this open?

    Thanks for any advise!!

  • marieterovic May 22, 2008

    I bought the panasonic lumx DMCLZ7 for the second time. I've had the same problem with both.The lens will just stop working from one day to another. I thought panasonic was a great brand and I cant believe this is happaening again .I need a solution ASAPm


  • gondyy Jul 26, 2008

    lens cover wont open

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    I have no clue what happened to mine. It wasn't dropped or anything. It's been like his for days and I'm starting to get worried.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    model f50se camera was dropped and lens is extended but won't retract



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I had this same problem, when i truned camera on, it would zoom all the way out and the give me the turn off camera screen. after i bought a new camera, i was messing around with the LZ7 and by manually turn the lens while fully extended, i was able to get it back working. two weeks later and still working great. i heard a couple of clicks when twisting the lens and it poped into place and all is good. gl all

Posted on Nov 25, 2008


I have had the same problem with mine. the problem is sand lodged between the telescoping segments try compressed air and gently tapping it.

Posted on Sep 02, 2008


Dear I have the same problem with a DMC FX-55! A mess!! Any solution?

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