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The shutter wont open and close, it seems to be stuck?

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Do you mean the shutter or do you mean the lens cover?

If you mean the lens cover then you have a lens error. This is such a common fault that I hope you don't mind me pasting my stock generic answer below. No point in reinventing the wheel!

Stuck lenses are probably the most common reason that compact digital cameras get thrown away, but there's a fair chance of recovering use of your camera again

The fault is commonly caused by dirt or grit blocking the mechanism, or due to it having suffered a recent fall. Another common cause is that the camera was in a pocket or bag and the power button accidentally activated and tried to open the lens against resistance. The mechanism may have simply become dislodged or there may be parts which have broken.

If your camera is still under warranty and has definitely not been subject to misuse then contact Panasonic's service department in your country to find out about a free repair. If the warranty has expired though a professional repair will far exceed the cost of replacing your camera. You will therefore have nothing to lose by trying to fix this yourself.

Please click here and you will be taken to an excellent article provided by the Camera Repair website. For the most part, you'll be guided on how to physically manipulate your camera to try and clear the fault.

If the link doesn't work then cut and paste the following address into your browser:-

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

Good luck, I hope you manage to use this information to fix your camera. Please take a moment to rate the free answer I have provided for you.

If you really did mean the shutter, then this is not user-serviceable in any way and the only fix is to either send the camera to Panasonic for repair or to replace the camera.

Posted on Oct 02, 2010

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SOURCE: My Ricoh R7, the shutter is jammed and wont close

If you are sure that your battery if fully charged but still does not do any good, then do this little trick:

1. Hold the camera on your right hand with the lens facing the ground.

2. As you press the power on button, tap or hit the camera's base to your left palm. Do this several times.

Chances are, there could be a sand or granule of dust that got stuck on the sides of the lens, preventing it to retract properly.

Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: The shutter is stuck closed. Why and how do I

This is not something you can easily fix yourself. The entire lens unit needs to come out, in order to realign or replace the shutter blades. Try PhotoTech Repair in NYC. They are Nikon authorized repair facility, and usually complete repairs within the week.
here is the website, you can easily ship it to them.
www.phototech.com

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

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