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When powered up, "Remove lens cover, press button"

No lens cover is on, you can review some past photos, but can not do anything else. Prior to this when picture was taken usually two images always appeared? Thanks.

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  • Ralstj01 Nov 19, 2007

    1. When camera is powered on, with any of the "shooting" modes selected, and with the lense cover off, the message "lense cover on" appears.

    2. Unable to progress beyond this stage.

    3. Review of pictures already on memeory card still works well.

    4. Have taken to an accredited Panasonic Service Centre, who required a $55 deposit to tell me that the camera requires a new lense unit at a cost exceeding the value of the camera (in its working state).

  • korbenn Nov 27, 2007

    When powering on the lens is not able to extend. It tries to extend, fails, and says "Please remove cover". Prior to this the I dropped the camera. Instantly after the camera worked just fine. A week later and the lense seems to be jammed. Probably a small piece of plastic is stuck inside the camera.

    I'll just have to get it to a repair shop. Or does anyone recommend trying to repair it myself? Probably not.

  • Sunfishgrl Dec 12, 2007

    Camara was left in hot car. Now when powered up "Remove lens cover, press > button" always appears in spite of having removed lens cover prior to powering or following these instructions



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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    open these screws and take out the lens

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    the take the flat cabel out

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    open screws and take out sensitive element

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    glue back the broken pin (it stayed iside the lens) with super glue

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    finally take all the parts back

    it's not difficult,but I don't recommend to do it to people who has no experience.

    good luck



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The symptom of "remove lens cover" always showing can be caused by two different things. If the lens assembly has become jammed and will not move when the camera tries to extend it - this can cause the message. On some cameras a stuck-closed shutter can cause this message as well. The symptom you describe of seeing two images prior to the failure is strange. I cannot make any kind of conclusion from that information without further elaboration. Does the lens extend when you turn the power on? If not the lens is jammed. Do you see nothing but black all the time on the screen and the captured photos? If so the shutter is stuck closed. Either of these problems will require complete disassembly and re-setting of the lens elements. Check with your manufacturer and see if they will fix it under warranty. If not, there are service providers available on the internet who can service your camera. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

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