Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Digital Camera
Camera got wet.
Dried out. Works fine, except that there's a water spot inside the lens.
How do I take the lens off to clean it?
DON'T EVEN TRY TO TAKE THE LENS OFF!!!
To take the lens off, the camera has to be dismantled, and unless you are an experienced technician, there is a 95% chance that the camera will have more problems than what it started with.
Have you taken any pictures with the water spot inside the lens? If it is visible in pictures, then you have several options:
1. Ignore it.
2. Leave it there and use an image editor to clone out the spot in the picture. (Recommended).
3. Take the camera to a repair shop, or mail it to Panasonic's service center. This is the expensive option, to remove the water spot, the price most likely will be well over $100.
4. Buy another camera. The FZ7 is rated to about 50,000 shots, so if you are approaching this number they it may well be worth it to just get another camera.
Unless the spot is seriously affecting your pictures, then leave it there. By having the camera opened there is a high chance that other problems will be introduced, such as: fingerprints,dust or hairs inside the lens or misaligned lens elements.
My FZ7's lens is full of dust, yet this is not usually visible in pictures, when it is, I can usually remove it on the computer.
I would recommend taking the camera to a service center as a last resort.
Posted on Jul 10, 2008
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