Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

My Lumic DM-LZ3 won't turn on. I put in new batteries. Once or twice it came on for a second and then went out, now it won't come on at all. What could be done?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 11,967 Answers

Could be a lens problem. Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

Posted on May 14, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you so much! In the meantime I have discovered the solution and it was much more simple: the screen came on once more just for a second and said to replace the batteries. After looking at the manual again I realized that I had forgotten that this camera takes only certain kinds of batteries. The batteries I had in there were new but not one of the acceptable types. With the right batteries the camera works now. thanks again! I will keep all the other recommendations just in case they might be useful some day. damianth "

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Battery won't stay charged and has been repalced twice since October


hi, you replaced the batteries twice? using the same charger, have you tried another charger ?, okay let me tell you about mobility scooter chargers, it quite complex but some chargers will charge your new batteries correctly due to resistance etc, it more complex than this however now as your batteries get older your charger maybe having a problem charging your batteries , not because they faulty, now this is due to internal resistance once again the batteries problem reappears within 3 to 6 six months , it could be just the batteries are not good enough , I have seen a whole combination of faults , please bear in mind there are some dodgy batteries out on the market....


so


1. first try another charger

Regards

Jan 19, 2013 | Pride Mobility Go-Go Ultra X 4 Wheel...

1 Answer

I bought it 10 years ago but I used only once or twice. I went to used it but when pushing the start button it won't star


i would make sure batteries are good an with the batteries out look inside compartment and see if there any rust down where the batteries go if so try to scrape them clean

Aug 05, 2012 | Omron HEM-712CN2 cuff blood pressure...

2 Answers

My Panasonic DMC-LZ3 camera appears to have locked up


Make sure the scene mode dial is correctly "clicked" into a choice. You could also try this...remove the card and battery...press all the buttons...leave it alone for 20 minutes...insert the card and then the battery...turn it on.

May 24, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Panasonic DMC-LZ3 takes three pictures with one click why?


You have it on "auto bracket". Press the up button of the 4-way controller twice. Then you should be able to select on or off.

Aug 25, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

My nikon coolpix L2 was working fine and the next time I went to turn it on...nothing. It won't power up...put in new batteries, same thing nothing.


I had the same issue, the problem was with the 'zoom lens'. Actually, it was got jam, thats why it could not able to come front. So, just trying manually once or twice, helped me to fix this issue.

then, put the batteries and try switching it on.

thanks,
saumya.

Aug 03, 2009 | Nikon COOLPIX L2 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Camera was dropped. Now it will turn on, but after a few seconds, lens begins to move in and out for about 3-5 seconds, then a messag is displayed: Pleaase turn camera off then on again". Doing this r


Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

May 17, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Importing photos


More a compputer problem I suspect.
You could also purchase a card reader - kinder on camera batteries too

Aug 05, 2008 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

DMC-LZ3 ASKING TO TURN CAMERA OFF AND THEN ON AGAING AND AGAING


this is a software problem ....how much period its after u have purchased this camera???????/

Jan 02, 2008 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Automatically turns off...


possible lens failure ( or - damaged ) ; up to 50 % of replacement cost is reasonable repair ( if more , trading up is advised ) ;

Jun 28, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Pictures mysteriously deleted


Are you sure the pics aren't in a separate folder?

Nov 27, 2006 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera Logo

142 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Panasonic Cameras Experts

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

The Knight
The Knight

Level 3 Expert

73740 Answers

Computer Links

Level 3 Expert

2385 Answers

Are you a Panasonic Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...