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Make sure that the power switch is in the correct position. It actually has three positions:
On (with quick control dial disabled!)
Third position (quick control dial enabled!)
So, when the power switch is in the middle position (ON), the rear control dial is disabled in order to save you from inadvertently changing the setting, when you are wearing the camera on a neck strap. So be sure to put it in the third position.
Set the mode dial on the top of the camera to Tv. Use the control dial on the back to change the shutter speed. The aperture value is shown on the screen at the bottom. If it is shown in red the picture will not expose correctly. Adjust the dial until the value is white.
dissmantle the back case (watch for 1 hidden screw under rubber covers), lift plate on back of lcd screen, remove screw on back of dial, clean where it sits on both sides (most probably from a liquid spill...tea, coffee...) , apply some lube with a cottonbud ore a bit of tisue and rebuild. hope this helps stewart
I assume you have tried rotating the dial back and forth to try to clean the contacts when camera is off.
If this hasn't worked, try dropping some contact cleaner, available from radioshack or try alcohol first, with a toothpick under the edge of the dial when camera is on its back, at the same time rotating the dial back and forth. I haven't tried it, but the dial knob may pull off the camera if you can get a little pry under it.
If this doesn't work, consider getting a quote from a local camera shop, cause pana with be too expensive. Also, repairmen and those upgrading to the TZ5 sell very good TZ3's on ebay, and will buy yours the way it is. The difference you would pay for a sell and buy ebay will likely be less than a repair bill by a camera shop.
Mode dial repair kits are often listed on eBay. Don't try the repair yourself unless you have some experience in dismantling (and more importantly re-assembling!) modern cameras - although given that getting an "official" repair is not economic it may be worth the risk.
There are instructions for replacing the dial here
It's really not that difficult but patience and good eyesight are needed.
The cause and solution may include one of the following:
The camera is not turned on. Turn on the camera.
The battery is exhausted. Recharge the battery or install a new one.
The Mode dial was on when the battery was installed. Turn the Mode dial off, then back on.