Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera
I dropped my camera and now when I turn it on it the lens goes out but then right back in and it gives me the message "turn camera off then back on again". The shutter on the lens is not closing fully. When I press down on the inner ring on the lens (when it's closed), by applying that pressure it closes the shutter. It almost "springs" open when I let go of the pressure. What can I do?
My camera got dropped into the dirt. The dirt grains are detrimental to the plastic mechanics of the lens system, they imbed themselves into the plastic and become like sand paper. I took my whole camera apart - something that I would not recommend but I was desparate. I don't think I can save my camera, it needs a new optics.
If the shutter has problems it is most likely that the thin aluminum casing at the front of the lens got bent and you may be able to bend it back with a thin screw driver, that you can manage to insert between the plastic casing of the shutter and the aluminum cover. Just where the aluminum casing ends at the front of the lens. But be careful, you may otherwise damage the aluminum and the looks of your camera. If you got dirt in there, you may want to manually (carefully) open the shutter when the camera is shut off, let it close, etc. while blowing air between the gaps of the shutter blades. You can buy a 'Cleaning Duster' spray bottle from Office Depot and use that. But be carefull to hold the bottle straight, don't tilt it or the liquid content will spray over your lens and you have to clean the oily residue with a solution of soap and water (I had to) and wet a paper tissue (use a Kleenex that is not impregnated with a lotion, on the back of the box it will tell you 'Not recommended for cleanig eyeglasses'.
Hope that helps.
If that doesn't work, then you may have to send the camera in for repair.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
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