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Camera turns on, but LCD screen is black

When I turn on the camera, you can read the menu, display board, etc, but you cannot see what you are taking pictures of. It stays black. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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  • simpleecaro May 31, 2008

    I dont have the same camera but the same ting happens to mine. When I turn it on and click the play button to see my pictures, it shows them but I have no idea why i cant see what im taking a picture of, it doesn't even take pictures anymore because of that.

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    My camera does the same..Black screen and wont't take pictures.I just checked the owners manual and noticed that Lithium batteries aren't supposed to be used...However they are much better quality than Panasonic.. No sign of leakage...But Panasonic says Im not suppose to use these...Its funny the same thing happened to may daughters camera..An LZ2

    My guess is that (from what I've read) the shuuter spring inside can easily come loose.It is just a matter of taking apart and connecting spring..I'm not ready to do that yet untill all else fails..It would cost as much to have a professional repair it than a new camera,,'So If I can't fix it I'm done pruchasing Panasonic products,,This camera has not been used that much.

  • a1j27l84 Jun 05, 2008

    Same exact problem! I have no idea what to do!

  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    I have an LZ2 camera and I have a black screen as well. I read the owners manual and got to start working for one day and now it does not work again. I repeated what I did before, but no luck.

  • sigruber Jul 31, 2008

    When I turn my camera on I can review the pictures and see the menu options but when I try to take pictures the screen is black

  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    Same problem. Screen is black. Can see pictures already taken, but can't take any pictures.

  • Anonymous Sep 04, 2008

    Have the smae problem.

  • Anonymous Oct 03, 2008

    is this fixable??

  • davegangster Nov 17, 2008

    My camera turns on,the menu comes on if i put it on but the screen is black and it takes pictures like the zoom works fine and the flash goes but no picture comes out.I'm at the stage of smashing it. please help me.thanx.

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    poor image

  • ganesh gokhale Feb 21, 2009

    I have the same problem with my LZ2. This was earlier not used much. But last month having 2 functions at home used it for taking about 500 snaps.
    By reading above solution of pushing can not find suitable as screen goes blank as soon as I stop pushing , & while pushing canot adjust zoom .
    Please let me know what I do next

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    I too have this problem, you can see whatever pictures are on the memory card but cant see or take new pictures, the screen stays black. The camera was a gift, but i still think that panasonic should be responsible for a repair that is obviously a manufacturers error


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I had this problem with an old camera of my brothers (he got a new one because he believed it to have become a dud). I fixed it a few hours ago, it was a CCD Flex problem (this here is an example of a CCD Flex which I found via google images: Its a relatively nice camera to open up, this Panasonic Lumix, and it is well made except for the terrible malfunction of the camera because of this CCD Flex.
If you're confident of fixing it (I'd had no real experience fixing cameras before, though have much experience fixing computers and a little circuiting experience) then open it all up, you have to get the front casing off to make it easiest to fix so you must find all the screws to unscrew (including the ones attaching the zoomy-lens-thing to the front casing, hidden under the main circuit board). Then find what is connecting the zoomy-lens-thing to the circuit board (there should be two CCD Flex things (see above for a picture) and they were both orange on mine. I found that the problem was with one of them, the one that has plastic over it. I replaced the double-sided tape on the plastic with new double-sided tape, and took out the black thing holding the CCD Flex into the circuit board and then put the black thing back in whilst putting the CCD Flex back in, pushed it as far as it would go, then put the plastic back onto the circuit board via the double sided tape.
It sounds confusing when you read it, but thats because you haven't seen the inside of this camera yet ;) It'll make perfect sense when you do, and you'll be thinking that you're a hero for fixing this after you've done it. It took me 2 hours roughly, which included getting stuck a few times putting it back together, and finding the problem in the first place. Then I felt all tingly, like I was granted a mass amount of luck, once I turned the thing on and it was a picture straight away.
IF, however, it appears to be the other CCD Flex thats the problem, you should push it in properly, its a much nicer version than the one I had to tamper with.

Ohh, to start off with, you should check that the simple fix written on here actually works (its not really a fix, but a painkiller..) of pushing the bottom of the lens upwards. For me I pushed the lens up and left slightly, and it would come up with picture, or at least flicker a lot (it was a little temperamental), so I decided to fix it properly. If it doesn't flicker at least a little bit when you're fiddling with the lens, then you've probably got a different problem.
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Solution: Turn the camera on. Put it into camera mode so the lens opens. Then push up on the underside of the lens, you'll see the screen light up and it can now take pictures. This worked for me for a month or two. The problem is that I have to keep pushing harder and harder to get it to turn on, and now it turns back off as soon as I stop pushing. So I have to get a new camera. This is a widespread problem with this camera. I previously paid Panasonic the $162 to fix the zoom freezing up. I'm not paying again.

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And then what - is this fixable? Panasonic wants a flat fee of $161.50 to fix camera, I can buy a new one for that.

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I had the same problem and I tried the push up on lens and now my camera is working normal again. Thanks !!

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I had same problem. Tried twisting the inner lens hard and picture came back and so far has stayed on. Not most technical solution and I guess runs risk of permanent damage but better than a camera that doesn't work. Panasonic should be fixing these for free as I for one will not buy again.

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I have the same exact problem but its not a Panasonic, its a canon power shot. I tried to push the lense but it doesnt work. Are there any other solutions?

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Shutter not openining. ccd flex not plugged in correct or it is faulty. main pcb fault. first turn the camera on then check if the shutter opens.

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