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Camera WILL NOT turn on!

Here's my problem: My camera will not turn on when I push the switch to the on position. I have tried minor things that I can do myself without tools or the risk of damage. I have fully charged the battery, and tried using the power cord but the red light will not indicate that the camera is on. This is weird: but one way that it does work is when the battery is in place and I eject the tape, the red light goes on above the switch and the tape ejects. If it wont turn on why will this function work? I'm puzzled. How do I get this thing to work?! Thanks for your help. Same here.....

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If you live in a humid environment or the camera has been subjected to moisture, it may be shorted or it may have a moisture sensor that keeps it from turning on. Try taking out the battery and the tape, open the tape door, and use a blow dryer on low to dry it out, you can even use a 50-70w light bulb and position it near the open tape door and leave it on for an hour or so, make sure the bulb is not touching any plastic or it will melt it. I also agree with Abrsvcs that it may be a faulty power switch, but try drying it first, as I have seen many camcorders stop working completely if subjected to any slight amount of moisture or humidity.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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Hi,
As told by Abrsvcs, the camera needs to be taken in for repairs.
Following is the link for the Panasonic support
http://www.panasonic.com/business/provideo/support/tech_support.asp



Thanks
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Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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The eject funciotn will work even with the power button in the off position. It is essentially an override command. The power switch should have a couple of positions, be sure that the camera is not in the standby position. With teh Eject working, the power system is working and some commands are understood by the microprocessor inside the unit. It is possible that the switch assembly itself is bad. I have seen this occur on a number of occasions.

I would not attempt to repair this yourself unless you have worked on cameras before. There is very little play in the cables inside and it is easy to tear one.

I would take this in for repair.

Dan

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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It can be a faulty battery

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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    Ginko Jul 14, 2008

    It can be a faulty battery causing a short, take it to your local shop and ask if they have a spare battery to test it before buying a new one.

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    Ginko Jul 14, 2008

    Check also that there is no liquid on the battery contacts inside the camera.
    If it is not the battery there may be several faults causing the same, board faulty, lens jammed shorts etc.
    In this case you should contact Panasonic service. Call the number listed on last pages of your manual.
    Check also guaranty terms


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