Had the camera for about 3 Years now with no problems. Tonight turned the camera as normal and tried to take a photo. Nothing happened. Screen appears normal, batteries fine, CF card formatted correctly. Flash bulb flashes orange, but that is about it, any help appreciated.
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Re: Can't take pictures
The focus element within your lens may not be moving normally. This can be due to contamination such as sand, impact, or failure of the motor itself. If the lens cannot resolve proper focus the auto focus system on the chip will not continue to take the picture.
Another possible reason is that the button has simply failed.
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There's no way for you to fix this. You have the classic signs of a failed ccd unit. There's nothing you did to cause it and nothing you could have done to prevent it.
All you can do is to return the camera to Panasonic for repair. If the camera is out of warranty then demand a free repair on the basis that the sensor has clearly suffered a premature failure (it should have lasted a minimum of five years); the precedent for this kind of out of warranty repair was set a few years ago when Sony had a manufacturing defect on one of their sensors. It was used in many different makes and models and hundreds of thousands of free repairs were carried out.
There are a few different ways to upload them. I have found that when I connect the camera to the computer, sometimes I get scrambled photos. When I use a card reader, connected directly into the USB port, I get all good pictures. If I connect the camera OR the card reader to a USB hub, at least half of my pictures get scrambled. I take 3-4 thousand photos in a years time. I was happy to end the problem.
The eye flashing is normal when the flash is trying to charge up , if the batteries are healthy the camera won`t take a picture until the flash is charged fully.Try turning the flash off and see if the camera fires, get some higher rated rechargeable batteries (2000mah) or above this may resolve your problem.
I had a similar problem with my Cyber-shot S600. It just turned off every time I tried to take a photo. I bought a Sony recharger + batteries and it fixed the problem. Camera works fine and I'm impressed with the how long the batteries last between charges.
I had that problem and found that plugging it in to my pc and downloading the photos ticking remove photos from camera worked I think it is because I filled the memory card. plus the camera charges while attached to pc.