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Take the batteries out. check for anything in the compartment, put them back in checking that they are the correct way round and fully inserted always spring end first then the little positive button last.
Push them carefully fully home and the door should shut.
Patience usually worked in the end.
My DMC-LZ7 started having the same "please replace batteries" error a few weeks ago (bought in 2007). It only seems to happen with my NiMH rechargables, though they test as full-strength with a cheap battery tester. Alkalines don't cause the error and I haven't tried Oxyride (ZR6) batteries yet.
The camera has two battery-type settings (Alkaline/NiMH
I had a TZ1 and the rotary switch started bouncing between the regular exposure and the iA exposure.
so I went to Costco and bought a new TZ5 (which is obsolete now). Technology changes so fast with cameras, trying to repair a 1 2 or 3 year old camera is not worth the aggravation.
Just go buy a new camera at the store of your choice. I suggest Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot or Costco, choose a store with a no squabble return policy.
Just like an old relationship, move on to newer and better things! Life is to short to fool around with things that don't work.
What type of battery are you using? Do you have the right battery setting?
The camera's battery setting is set to "Coolpix" as the default (the original batteries it came with). If you're using regular alkalines, be sure to change this setting in the camera (Menu > set up > battery type > alkaline).
When the batteries ran out for the first time, I bought cheap dollar store batteries, and when I put them in my camera, it shut off immediately when I tried to turn it on, despite them being brand new. I found out this was because the batteries didn't have enough juice to power my camera. I replaced them with Duracell, and it worked fine after that (Panasonic, another dollar store battery works okay too).