Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera
I too have the sam problem but was able to solve it. I called the 1-800-number and was told that this is a very common issue or this camera. They told me to tap the lens when it was extended on a cloth or towel so not to damage it. The point was that there is often a piece of dirt or sand preventing the lens from retracting properly. Guess what, a single grain of sand came out when I tapped the lens and the camera worked perfectly ever since. I looked in the camera case since I keep the camera in it all the time and there were a few grains of sand that had somehow gotten into the lens!
I hope this can help someone else out.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
I had the same problem after I dropped my camera on an escalator when I was in Paris. I was forced to buy a cheap Nikon to finish my vacation. When I got home I tried a repair I read about on the internet.
I used a vacuum cleaner attached to the the lens assembly and pulled it out by force while turning the camera on! First I used a weak vacuum and had no luck. Later, I used my sister's Dyson and was able to get the lens to extend after a few tries. Finally, after about five minutes of trying and failing, it extended and stayed extended. I photographed the vacuum cleaner!
Once extended, I manually bent the lens shaft very slightly towards the middle to help realign it. My TZ3 now opens and closes properly and it takes great pictures as before! I am planning on working harder to keep the lens assembly clean in the future and I think I will apply a very light lubricating film on the metal parts that rub together.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
Yep, had the same problem, tried everything from vac, pulling out the lens etc.
NOW SOLVED! Simply switch the camera on and off in playback mode, so lens retracts, then using the camera in a drumstick-like fashion tap firmly on a soft mouse mat a few times. Problem solved...
Posted on Dec 21, 2008
It may be that there is something preventing the zoom assembly from fully extending and retracting. Same thing happend to mine and I noticed that the extending seemed restricted. I gently pulled the assembly forward after a power on and felt a click - then worked ok. I then noticed some debris which I then carefully cleaned off.
Posted on Aug 03, 2008
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