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Panasonic TZ1 flash problems!!

I own a panasonic TZ1 camera and I have problem with the flash. When i take shots with flash, the flash activates before the shutter, producing horribly dark photos, or the shutter closes with the flash but produces extremely washed, over exposed photos.Is this a known Panasonic camera problem? Does anybody know if Panasonic has posted anything about flash problems? Thank you, in advance!!

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  • cmorck Dec 03, 2007

    I have the same problem with my flash seems to worksometimes. i just deal with a lot of crappy pictures to possibly get agood one

  • littlebirde Dec 05, 2007

    I have the same problem. Dark photos and alot of missed shots. frustrated and angry at this camera.

  • lilith es Dec 26, 2007

    Flash out of sync with shutter. Awful pics either washed out, red tone or dark. paid too much for this camera to have thes problems!!!

  • AliyaC Feb 16, 2008

    Hi, yes I have exactly the same problem and don't know how to fix it. Did you get anywhere with yours?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2008

    Yes the problem of mine is exactly the same. The flash activates before the picture is captured and the result is very annoying dark photo. I am really very much irritated with this.

  • cheluca Apr 12, 2008

    The same problem, awful dark pictures even when the flash is on! The flash comes out way before the shutter and that's the result BLACK or DARK RED pictures at interiors... at the sun light is perfect! But I'm very dissapointed on my camera... I don't carry it with me anymore, I prefer to let it at home than to get angry when I can't take ´pictures whenever I want... I lost beautiful moments.

  • mfjhope Aug 23, 2008

    this is my second panasonic lumix DMC TZ1 which i use for scuba diving photos in a panasonic casing. the flash is out of sync and photos are either dark or over exposed. the camera was sent twice to local agent in mauritius island but problem persists. can you suggest a course of action.



  • quinn_tim Nov 24, 2008

    I just called Panasonic (800-211-7262) on this problem for my out of warantee TZ1. They said there is a flat rate $100 repair charge + $11.50 return shipping. He suggested that I include a credit card # or check to speed processing. Panasonic's Web site says:
    If your camera model begins with DMC -----

    If unit was purchased over 1 year ago, the flat rate repair charge is $161.50 (Return Shipping Included).
    Please include a check or a credit card number to eliminate any delays in processing your repair.

    Based on the previous poster's response that they fixed his camera at no charge, I'm going to send it to them with no $$ and see what happens.

  • econnolly Dec 08, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem with my Panasonic DMC-TZ1 camera, which is about 2 1/2 years old. Problem started about a month ago.

    E. Connolly

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    Same problem. Flash doesn't synch with when picture is captured. Photos are dark and horrible. We don't even use this camera anymore -and it was expensive! - although we really liked it when it worked.

    I'm trying to call the repair depot to see what can be done.

  • dabadino Dec 15, 2008

    I like my camera BUT!!! I have the same issue with the flash not being in sync with the shutter. When I called Panasonic I was told that they have never heard of this problem and they had me restore the settings which I did and still it did not work. So they told me to send the camera and a check and they would repair it. The camera is two years old and shouId not have this isuue. I can buy someone elses new camera for less.

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2008

    when using the flash pictures are black

  • pamtech Dec 29, 2008

    I have the exact same problem! Thank you for posting your issue with Lumix DMC-TZ1. I am going to contact Panasonic tomorrow and see if I can get my camera fixed. I love my camera but taking dark red photos is really frustrating.

  • WildSea Jan 02, 2009

    After working fine for 2-1/2 years, the flash on my DMC-TZ1 now only works sporadically.  Most of the time the flash photos are dark or really washed out as everyone else describes.  

    I haven't contacted Panasonic yet, as I had seen the charge would be $161.50 which I just can't see paying when there are better cameras on the market for not that much more.  However, since this is a widespread problem, I will see what they have to say.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    After a couple of years, the flash is now out of sync

  • hijinxensues Jan 18, 2009

    i have the same problem and it seems to have happened after the same amount of time. right at about 2 1/2 years.i loved this camera until now. but as a photographer i simply wont use a camera that wont get me the pics where and when i need the shot! i hope they fix this or ill have to pass on panasonic the next time.

  • angelb009 Apr 17, 2009

    OK so I went on the site tonight to try and find a way to fix the problem of my flash only working when it wants to, less and less each week, and I found all these posts. Can't say that I'm surprised, I've had mine (same model) for just about 2 1/2 years as well! Will contact Panasonic tomorrow to try and get them to fix it, thank you everyone for reporting this!

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    when taking a photo , the camera clicks but only a black frame appears on replay



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Panasonic knows about this and can fix it. It involves replacing a circuit board. I sent them my camera (Elk Grove Village, IL repair facility) at the beginning of Dec with a letter giving six web sites reporting the problem and asking them to fix it free of charge. I don't think the camera was on warranty, but I received it back, fixed, and with no charge, in about a week. Panasonic really came through on this and there is clearly no fix other than this one... except to stop trying to take flash pictures.

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