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Scratched lens I have a small scratch on the lens. Where can I get this fixed and how much will it cost?

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I'd say Panasonic could repair it for you. I would guess that the cost would probably approach the cost of the camera itself. However, call/email them to find out for sure.

If you are very handy, you might be able to replace the lens assembly yourself. Look for a dead camera on ebay, same model number. Make sure the camera lens assembly is good though.

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How can I repair a scratched lens?


Hi There,

Repairing a scratched is the hardest lens repair to accomplish successfully. It may be worth a shot to check with the manufacturer if ther is some kind of warranty or replacement program. The best option is to replace it. However the cost of replacing the lens may cost more than what the camera is worth. With that in mind, here are a few DIY options things you can try that may or may not work.

1. Scratch Repair Kit
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, microfiber cloth and a Scratch Repair kit.
Many companies sell scratch repair kits so there are several available on the market. Do your research to ensure it can work on, and is safe for your lens. Test it on an old camera if you have one lying around just to make the results are what you're looking for.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution, and dry it off completely.
b. Follow the instructions provided with the kit.

2. Rubbing Alcohol
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, 3 microfiber cloths and a 3.5% solution of rubbing alcohol.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution, and dry it off completely.
b. Dilute the rubbing alcohol by mixing 20 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol to get it to a 3.5% solution.
c. Take a brand new microfiber cloth, dip it in the diluted rubbing alcohol solution, and rub into the scratch using a very gentle motion.
d. You will know if this is working if you start seeing the scratch disappear.
e. Once the scratch has completely disappeared, take another brand new microfiber cloth and dry and buff the entire digital camera lens.

3. Vaseline Method
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, 2 microfiber cloths and Vaseline.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution, and dry it off completely.
b. Dab some Vaseline on your finger and fill the entire scratch with it.
c. Using a new microfiber cloth wipe the Vaseline off very gently. Pressing too hard may cause the Vaseline to sink inside of the scratch.
d. You will know if this is working if you start seeing the scratch disappear.
e. As the Vaseline eventually rubs off, you may need to reapply some more and continue until the scratch disappears completely.

4.Pencil Eraser Method
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, 2 microfiber cloths and a new, soft pencil eraser.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution,and dry it off completely.
b. Lighlty slide and rub the eraser unp and down along the length of teh scratch.
c. You will know if this is working if you start seeing the scratch disappear.
e. Continue rubbing the eraser until the scratch disappears completely.

NOTE: Never apply the lens cleaning solution directly to the lens itself. Alway dab a microfibre cloth with the solution then clean the lens and allow to dry.

Hope one of these works for you.

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Small scratch on front lens causing shadow on some photos, in particular on clear blue sky when a small area in the photo appears slightly deeper blue than the rest.


You have only two fix options:-

1. Get the front lens element replaced by Panasonic. This will be fairly expensive. Afterwards, buy and fit a skylight filter to protect the lens.

2. Buy a skylight filter to protect the front of the lens from further damage and use photo processing software to retouch the affected images. This won't necessarily cost much, but will be a real pain to have to do all the time.

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The camera will not focus so all pictures are blurry. The camera was dropped in the sand and i think the lens may be scratched. Is there anyway to remove the lens to check?


Most likely sand got in to the lens, and is jamming the focusing gears. Also, if the lens is scratched, the elements would be permanently damaged.

The inside construction of the lens on these cameras is very fine like a watch. There are very precise alignments that are done on a columator during the assembly.

At the service department the lens is changed as a complete unit when it is defective.

At this point you probably have nothing to lose by taking the camra apart. I myself would be curious to find out what the repair would cost before taking it apart myself.

Out of warranty repairs on your camera may not be worth the cost of the parts and labour. You could take it to the manufacture service rep for an estimate. I think you will be shopping for a new camera when you find out the cost of servicing it in relation to replacing it.

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