Recently my FZ20 was left switched on and eventually turned off in powersave mode. I guess it was left like this for about 12 hours (after a party), but when I went to flick the off switch, it powered up. Now it ignores the on/off switch - just powers up coming from the powersave mode.
It still takes pictures perfectly while on, but not being able to switch it off makes the camera pretty useless (i.e. lens doesn't retract, shorter battery life)
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Hi,Flash comes automatically in A ( Auto ) mode..if you want to use flash manually as Fill in ,you have to switch the other modes as P, S, M ,modes and open the flash with the little sliding key nearby..
Question is the problem just that though the power button is switched to "On" the power is off and it doesn't want to come back on terribly quickly? It may be that your power save mode is set to quickly (The camera can be set to go into powersaving mode after as little as 30 seconds of inactivity) if this is the case you will be VERY frustrated because the camera will feel like it's going on and off without any say from you (which it is--but it's not broken!!!)
The feature is a good one--because I can't tell you how many times I've left this camera dangling around my neck or put it in the bag while eating lunch and left it in the "on" position which would have zapped my battery-this way | don't run out as quickly! I have my power save set at 5 mins of inactivity which works for
me--you may wish to have longer or shorter depending upon your needs. Please read the manual on adjusting the power save feature.
Remember that making adjustments to all of the menus available is not possible in the IA (Intelligent Auto) mode or in the Preview Mode on your dial. Dial to any other mode and THEN follow the mamual's directions regarding adjusting menu staus.
I hope this helps... Note if you "Google" DMC-FZ18 manual you will find a link to the Pdf for the manual eventually (it's in the top 10-20 links or so from panasonic--and is on their website for free download).
the square with the p in it is telling you the camera is in auto focus mode (it is selected by the mode ring on the top of the camera)
there is a switch on the left side of the lens body which should be set to AF
the camera is now in point and shoot mode which is the best setting unless you know what you are doing with all the manual settings.
to select movie mode turn the mode dial to the movie clip icon
press the menu button and use the directional arrows to select the 30 fps option
this is the highest setting
it will give you about 30 mins recording time with a 1 gig card.
i have a mju300 with the same housing.when i put the camera in the housing it is on but i turn the screen off.this is the button that is next to the screen and next to the ok button.when i want to use the camera i just turn the screen back on.
If you know how to open up the camera,the two connecttor from lens module attach to the main PCB have contact problem.you need to make sure they have a good contact.one way is to clean up the contact point and re insert back ,it may help.
Same thing happened to mine 6 months ago. I paid $130.00 for repairs while still under warranty. Waranty is for parts only. Then I left the camera on the roof of my jeep overnight in the rain. Same thing went wrong. It was past the 60 day repair warranty so I took it apart myself and put it back together.
It works fine now. I suspect it was an intermittent contact in the ribbon connector to the rear control unit.