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Panasonic DMC-TZ1 Won't turn on

My Panasonic camera is exactly one year old and has worked fine until yesterday. I started out with a full battery, used it a few times during the day to shoot about a dozen photos. When I tried to review the photos that night, the camera wouldn't power up. I've tried charging the battery, but no luck. I tested the battery with a voltmeter and it reads 4.15 volts (+ and - terminals or + and T terminals) so the battery appears fine. Is there any reset function not listed in the owner's manual?

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  • PedroElGato Nov 04, 2007

    Took the same steps, checked the battery, even ordered a new one. The camera just doesn't respond at all.

  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2007

    I also have the same problem. I am not what to do with it. I checked the battery I even charged the battery several times still nothing change. Everything is freeze. Please we desrve an explanation from the manufacturer, regards, sam

  • davidk Nov 20, 2007

    I contacted Panasonic and described the problem in detail. The customer service tech didn't offer any advice. he suggested I send it to them for repair at a flat rate of $165 plus shipping. Since I bought the camera from Costco prior to their new 90-day return policy than began in February 2007, I contacted them. They shipped the camera no-charge to United Radio Service in New York, who then sent it off to Panasonic. Got it back after six weeks and the work order said they replaced the main PC board, but it still didn't work! Costco has since refunded my full purchase price and I bought the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 for $60 less.

  • joered Jan 16, 2008

    same problem. DMC-tz1 won't turn on. totally dead. tried 2 good,
    charged batteries but nothing happens. camera worked then it didn't.
    no apparent reason. maybe a design flaw. probably an expensive throw
    away model from panasonic because it's too expensive to

  • joered Jan 17, 2008

    same problem. can't turn it on. it was fine then not working for no obvious reason. i think it's a faulty panasonic design. or bad parts. can't be fixed except for more than price of a new camera. was a nice camera for a short time but junk now.

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    Definitely have the same problem. Bought it in August 2006, and just died last week, over the course of about a week.

    It was great while it lasted but it's time to buy a new camera and I'm pissed.

  • Jude Thibault May 09, 2008

    Wont turn "ON" I have 2 batteries,they are good per voltage reading...

    Best Buy had it 3 weeks for the problem to resolve,came back unresolved. They have a very bad reputation,I dont want anything to do with them anymore.Have a 4 year service contract with them,they wont allow me to ship it to them, to drive to deliver it is 140 miles round trip,the cost is prohibitive to travel,already have spent more than that on gas....

    Is this problem resolvable at a reasonable price ? this camera is only 1 1/2 years old.

    Please advise..Thankyou [email protected]

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2008

    Mine will power up and LCD works, but none of the other button work... can't take picture, zoom, use menu or any other button. About 1 year old

  • sarge440 Jul 03, 2008

    Im a home inspector by trade and I love the pic's the TZ1 takes, untill one day on the job the screen froze, so I pulled the battery and would not turn on when I replaced the battery. I tapped the side of the camera a few times and then it came on, so it finished the job I was on. Next job, the camera did not want to turn on, so I tapped the sides again, nothing, cleaned the battery contacts with a pencil eraser, and replaced the battery with a spare. It worked, great. next job the camera wont turn on at all with any battery, or hitting or kicking. Time for the TZ5.

  • plg29 Sep 22, 2008

    Yes... has same problem. Just bought it today and not working. Totally pissed

  • Eling63 Nov 02, 2008

    The same problem - won't turn on, began suddenly one week after warranty expiry date. In the beginning I thought it was a temperature problem, it turned on after being warmed up, but now it is completely finished.
    Such a pity - I will never buy a camera anymore from optics no name companies. Now I have a Pentax K200D - something completely different!
    The trick with pressing the shutter button while turning on didn't work.


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I sent the camera DMC-TZ! to Panasonic in Chicago,of course they wont honor Best Buy's service contract. They quoted $126.00 to fix it.This camera and accessories has cost $581.00 +.already.+ $75.00 infuel to deliver and P.U. from Best buy.
So,I am not interested in spending anymore on this "WHITE ELEPHANT"
Seems that there would be a legal way to take action against Best Buy if people would stick together into a class action suit.
In due respect, every one complains about the problems but no one is willing to take steps "UNIFIED" to get action..
What do you think ?????

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If you need parts there is a guy in South Carolina that has used parts. I got an LCD for $49.00 and it works like new. I think his email is [email protected]

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I have just had this problem - was about to take it to shop for a checkover when I held shutter button down and then turned on - viola - don't know if it was a fluke or what

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Hi, I am having the same problem, have you found a fix to the problem? Tks, Johnny

Posted on Nov 18, 2007


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Yeh my camera was working perfectly today, it went flat so i charged up the battery and went to turn it on and it doesnt even work AT ALL !! only have had it for 4 days. wtf??? its a NV-GS25.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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follow some tips given below:
1.try changing the battery ...
2.just plugin the charger with out battery and then try
3. check whether it is connecting with the pc or not ..
if it is connecting with the pc then there is no firmware problem...

if problem persists then the firmware has got corrupted you must installed with the new firmware
or may be the POWER IC might have gone.....

just contact the nearest service technician......

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