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Shutter The other night when I was taking pictures, my shutter seemed to get stuck half way through opening everytime I shifted into picture mode, and I'd push it open with my finger and it was fine, but now, I cannot get them to open at all in any mode. I can't use my camera at all!

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Hey laura0157,
I would first try resetting the camera to the default settings, and directions on how to do this are on page 22 of your user manual. I have included a link to a PDF download of your camera manual in case you need it. If this doesn't resolve your issue I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician. I hope this helps!

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/Cameras-Camcorders/Digital-Cameras/Lumix-Digital-Cameras/model.DMC-FX3K

Sincerely,
Allan
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

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