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Shutter wont open or close

When camera turns on it goes to say turn off camera and turn back on. I got the shutter closed and then it would not open.. I finally got it open and it does not close. It continues to say turn off and back on. I blew air in it to see if that would blow out any dust.. Any suggestions. I have had camera just one year. Thanks! Gina

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  • Ladyhawk008 Feb 20, 2008

    Thanks for the advice. I got the shutter open but it will not close ( it tries to) and the message still come one turn off and back on. I was able to view my photos from mexico and download them on my computer. I did charge the battery over night and have been working on it. I downloaded the manual so I will see what I can with your advice to disassemble it. My one year warrenty just expired right when it happened.. go figure.. Thanks

  • Ladyhawk008 Feb 21, 2008

    I can get the shutter to open but the message "turn off camera and turn back on" still appears. Is the camera toasted?

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When you look at the camera from a horizontal viewpoit, you can see that the lens mechanism looks like Leaning a little?
You can hear the drive trying to move the lens but it doesn't? bud
The error message on the screen instructs you to turn off the camera then turn it back on.
When do this the same message re-appears.

So may camera had dropped down resulting in the lens not retracting when the camera is turned off.
Solution: All moving parts and their relative position must be checked. (Recommended an authorized service shop at your area.)
Good Luck

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Hi alot of people have been having this problem its usually either bit of grit stuck down side of lense or could be the lens motor failing.
One thing you can try is banging the camera into the palm of you hand not to hard but doing this got my camera working again failing this.
Are you sure the battery is fully charged and will the camera come on without it been in take picture mode can you put it into look at photos stored on device this would tell you the battery is fine.
If the camera has been put down with the lense out and any pressure put on it this will damage the lense motor.
The problem with the motor failing is that you cant get it repaired they dont sell the parts and also no shop will take on any repairs for your type of camera so just try giving it few taps in your hand to free any dirt stuck down side of lense.
Also when you switch it on try pulling the lense out this might also free the lense allowing it to work let me know how you get on ok

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

  • paul proctor Feb 20, 2008

    Hi if you have managed to get the shutter out and the camera on then check the battery level as low bat will cause the shutter to fail.
    But if you have managed to get the shutter out then the chances are that the shutter motor is up the shoot try working the lense in when it should go in ie turning camera of or out when on.
    Also try this when the camera is on put it into take picture mode then try using the zoom button whils touching the lense just to see if you can feel the motor trying to work if not then its definately the motors no good if you can feel it try to move then its going to have something jamed in.
    So if you can use the zoom button work it in and out a few times then when you goto zoom out pull the lense gently as you press the zoom button and the same reducing the zoom push lense back in but be gentle if this still dont rectify problem then the chances are you have to replace the camera.
    Knowbody repairs these and you cant get the parts.
    Just see if you can feel the motor working when you switch camera on and off just gently rest finger on the side of lense then switch camera on and off and if the lense motor is working you should feel it trying to move the lense let me know once you have tried this ok then i can assist you further ok.

  • paul proctor Feb 21, 2008

    Hi yes i would deffinately say its toast you cant get them repaired the best thing you can do is either sell it for spares like the battery or keep the battery and buy one with same bat that way you get spare battery.
    Even if you took it to camera shop they would tell you unless the camera is worth about £1000 or $2000 they dont do repairs sorry i couldnt offer you any more help

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Hi seems to be a mechanical problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

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    Ginko Feb 20, 2008

    You should carefully remove the ring shaped part that close the shutter, check all single parts inside und unlock it.

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    Ginko Feb 20, 2008

    Probably you will need to disassemble partially the camera to fix this problem. In this case you will need the service manual. you can download it for free here:



    http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instru...#



    Naturally, if your camera is still under warrantee I suggest to contact panasonic and ask them the address of nearest service centre.


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