When I turn on my camera to take a picture, the zoom lens keeps zooming in and out without me doing anything, and after a minute or so, I it says "please turn camera off and then on again", and when I turn it off and then on again, it just does the same thing.
Try, turning the camera on and taking the batteries out without turning the camera off. This will simulate a force reset. Turn the dial on the camera to "playback" mode and put the batteries back in. Turn the camera back on. This should put the camera in playback mode and by default put the telescoping lens in a resting position. Turn the camera between "shoot" and "playback" mode if turning it on in "playback" mode doesn't work right away. Another more risky strategy is waiting until the lens zooms in and taking the batteries out at the instant it's retracted the most and manually pushing the lens back to it's resting position. Sometimes the plastic gearing skips is the camera is turned on inside of the case and you need to "reset" the gears.
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In either mode, you're zooming by turning the zoom ring on the lens? In live view mode, if you zoom in by pressing the magnifying glass button, all you're doing is zooming the display, not the image itself.
Please follow the steps: 1. Ensure batteries are fully charged. 2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc. 3. Try turning the camera with the lens facing down and shake to dislodge anything stuck 4. Try removing batteries and memory card, wait 5 minutes and refit the battery only. 5. Now turn on camera( with out card ) and see ,if working then fix the memory card & again turn on the camera. If working then fine.
Otherwise format the memory card and fix back in camera again & try. Make sure before format the memory card take a back up all photos in your computer then format. If no luck then reset or restore the camera setting by pressing Menu key for 2 sec... in not done the press both Menu & self time key for 2 - 4 sec.
After all of this if you not success then its a lens error.The lens stuck from the inside becasue the lens guide pin is damaged or out of guide line. In this case you have to replace or repair the camera lens.
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Your not doing anything wrong, your Panasonic probably is using digital zoom (which is basically just cropping the picture imitating zoom). Your eyes sees similar to a 50mm lens so your 135mm lens is less then 3x zoom.
Do not be discouraged you will soon learn your cameras strengths and weakness.
If you have some skills, you can open the camera and cline your zoom lens with toothbrush and compressed air. Try to separate zoom lens from the electric motor. usually is 2 or 3 screws. You will see a lot of sand inside the camera and lens. And next time when you will go to the beach, you will take more care about your camera.
Solution 2, and more easy is to buy another zoom lens from ebay.Or another camera same model with broken LCD or other technical problem than zoom lens.
Hi, Most common problem in al the digital camera's. Slide motor start malfunction and the massage appears"Turn off the power and on again". In this situation you have to replace slide motor or lens block assembly, And your camera work fine again. Thanks for using fixya.
Correction : Retry turn the power on by the power switch. Check the zoom reset sensor of lens block (pin 9 of CN402 on the SY-191 board), if zooming is performed when the zoom button is operated. If it is OK, check the zoom motor drive IC (IC401 on the SY-191 board).
According to the symptom the possible fault is described above, You have to contact any nearest SONY SERVICE CENTRE to rectify the problem. Thanks for using fixya.
have you tried to check the mode or settings? Digital zoom is different from manual or analog zoom, when we say digital zoom the camera expand the picture digitally, the zoom lens is not moving when it reach its maximum length but the picture keeps on zooming in.