Hi, I have a Lumix DMC-FX01 and the lens seems stuck in the retraction mode. You turn the camera on and after a couple of seconds it tells you to turn it off and on again. As if it is stuck in battery saving mode. The lens does not pop out at all. Everything else seems to work fine, and I reset it, hoping that would solve the problem. I have tried tugging the lens out, and tapping the camera, but only very gently. Any ideas anyone?
I recently had this problem after a trip to a sandy beach. The solution was to take the camera apart and blow out all the sand and dust.
To help you get it apart, take off all the obvious outside screws and then unhinge the back and front, with the hinge point being the top.
The back and screen can easily be removed by tugging on the cables where they fix into the circuit board. (Just push the large cable back in, for the smaller cable you need to use the little hinge on it (initially put the hinge towards the edge of the camera, insert the small cable, then fold the hinge back towards the centre of the camera.
Continue to take out small silver coloured screws with a jeweler's screwdriver. I was able to get to the elecromechanical optical train in this way. I did not have to remove the tiny black screws inside this unit. After thorough cleaning and blowing out dust/ sand etc. the camera was fairly easy to put back together.
Total time was about 90 minutes.
Note: there was no need to take off any of the buttons on the top, nor to take out the battery nor memory card.
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The lens has probably got something in the retraction mechanism that is stopping it retracting. This can be something as simple as sand or grit or as a result of a drop or knock. In most cases the camera will need to be stripped apart to remove the lens assy before it can be repaired. This is best left to a professional camera repair shop.
In all probabilities, the lens barrel must have tilted, preventing the lens from retracting into the barrel. It could also be possible that some dust particles got stuck in between the segments of the lens barrel. Check for these. Try to straighten the barrel without using much force, and try to remove any dust particle that got stuck between the segments.
The only thing not functioning was the lens I could turn on off see menus etc but could not take a picture and the lens would not retract - My husband cleaned the battery terminals on battery & in camera -IT WORKED !!!! good as new -
See the post for the same camera: "Buttons stopped working": there is a small 2 position switch connected to the zoom button. In my camera the zoom switch was stuck in one of the extreme positions. You have to put it back in the middle an re-assemble.
same problem with ours, only 7 months old. We returned to the seller under warranty, and they fixed the problem FOC. They stated "lens adjustment" on the repair invoice. I think these machines are not as sturdy as we are led to believe, and the slightest knock or bump sends them a bit squew wiffy!