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'Turn camera off and turn back on' message

I have a Lumix DMC-TZ1 (had it for just one year)and when I went to turn it on at first it was ok but if you tried to zoom it would be blurry, then after a few mins it would not show anything on the screen apart from the message 'turn camera off and turn back on'. If viewing old pictures there is not a problem, but if you put it on the taking pictures mode this message comes up. Turning it off and on does not fix the problem. Is there a problem with the lens?

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  • danitoh Nov 04, 2007

    I've had my TZ1 for about 9 months and it has a similar problem. The "turn camera off then back on" began appearing occasionally, now it happens every time the camera is turned on (except when I just want to view pictures) thus I can't take any pictures with it at all. It makes clicking noises in the lens area for a 1/2 second before the "...off...on..." message appears.

  • rainyday80 Nov 04, 2007

    I'm having the same problem. We hadn't used the camera for awhile, and I had never seen this error message before. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2008

    same stinkin problem... =P

  • guscos Jul 08, 2008

    I have a Lumix DMC-TZ1 (had it for just 14 months)and when I went to turn it it would not show anything on the screen apart from the message 'turn camera off and turn back on'. If viewing old pictures there is not a problem, but if you put it on the taking pictures mode this message comes up. Turning it off and on does not fix the problem. The local dealer on Panasonic (LIMA PERU) charge me $85 to fix it they said the lenses had got dust ¿? Its worth repair it

  • Anonymous Jul 11, 2008

    AVOID PANASONIC! My TZ1 is 14 months old, ie 2 months past warranty, and on turning on, it invites me to "turn power on and off", which does nothing. On holding it to my ear I can hear faint clanking and whirring noises so it's probably to do with the lens movement. This is clearly a TZ1 problem, but Panasonic merely refer me to a repair outfit, who will repair it , at a price. Cheaper to buy another camera, this time not Panasonic.

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    Whenever I turn my camera on I get the message please turn camera off and then on again. Nothing works.

  • Anonymous Sep 20, 2008

    Lumix TZ1
    Camera is 15 months old
    Message Turn camera off and on again
    Can still review old photos, but will not take photos in any mode
    Seems to be common Lumix problem


  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    Thanks!  We dropped ours 3 times on its side -- no success.  Finally, I dropped it lens down, & the zoom is back.


    I wouldn't have believed it if so many people hadn't said it worked for them.

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TRY DROPPING THE CAMERA -- YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE!

I was heartbroken to learn that my Lumix DMC-TZ1, which I purchased 2-3 years ago, had died -- right during my daughter's dance recital, for seemingly no reason. Tonight I was surfing the web researching replacement cameras (many brands), and I realize that I feel like there is no real "history" on the camera that's any worse than any other camera on the market, including the Canon Powershots, which are all the rage right now. So I started researching on the Fixit site other cameras for possible problems.

What I found is that all the cameras have funky messages (Sony and Canon included!) that result when he camera has been dropped or the lense has somehow been altered. So I read all the different "solutions" and then came up with my own:

I decided that the lense needed to be un-jammed. At this point, if the camera was useless to me, I might as well take a chance and try to unjam it. So I did!

I held the camera about 3-4 inches from a table top. Then I simulated a "drop" (without the case) that was gentle enough that it wouldn't smash the LCD but that would maybe make the lense unjam. (Note: I couldn't SEE any problem with the lense; this was just a hypothesis I couldn't go wrong trying.)

Each time I put the camera on, tried to modify the zoom (a function which normally makes me get the error message forcing me to turn the camera off), and then got the message. BUT the 3rd or 4th time: TA DAH! NO MESSAGE! INSTEAD, A SHOCKER: I WAS ABLE TO MODIFY THE ZOOM! AND THEN I TOOK A PICTURE! AND VIDEO!!!!

So my camera is back! And I also have discovered that the flash problem I had started to have previously has now seemed to have gone away also.

My advice is to just TRY! You have nothing to lose: try "dropping it" back into shape! I know it sounds crazy -- but I just saved at least $200 by doing this!

Mama Maria in Burke VA

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

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I had the same problem with my DMC-FX12. It was unused for a very long time - about 1.5 yrs at least. I had kept the camera on on sofa by my side and was surfing this site for solutions. I had decided to drop it from 1-2 ft. But lo, when I looked at the camera, the lense was closed.

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  • R N Sahu Sep 13, 2013

    I had similar problem with my FX-12. The lens would not close. I was looking for solution here and had decided to drop the camera from 1-2 ft height. When I looked at the camera by my side, lo, the lens was already closed. May be one has to leave it (lens facing up) for some time.

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Guys just follow this what I am saying, it sounds invasive procedure but trust me its not:
Switch on your camera>
The lens system wll move forward>
Hold the lens system from your thumb and forefinger>
The lens system will try to retract after a second, DON'T LET IT!>
The lens system will try to retract its best & will get stuck half way somewhere>
Now press hard the lens system with your thumb pressure back to base,unopened level.

Try back, You done!

Posted on Aug 21, 2011

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Unbelievable.. dropping it worked for me too. when faced with ~$150 repair estimate.. searched the web.. advised to drop it on carpet (3x finally dropped it on its side) and its working. like dad kicking the tv when i was a kid.

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    unreal.. dropped it myself and it worked. jammed lens..was told estimate of $150 to fix. felt like i was watching my dad kick the TV when I was a kid.

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After searching for somewhere to repair my camera with the same problem, i came across this website. I decided to just drop my camera.
I dropped it 2 times and nothing happened, but the 3rd time my camera magically started working, regaining its zoom!

FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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Scarily enough, dropping the camera from about a foot onto a carpet appears to have sorted the problem
Can the camera be trusted in the future though without a technical solve?

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

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I tried dropping it; it did not work.

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

Anonymous

Thanks very much maria! dropping did the trick for me. so glad to have my camera back!

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

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For me, i tried dropping it from about 2 feet onto a carpet. Nothing happened the first 2 times...third time lucky, it started working again!

So if all else fails, dropping it is worth a try. (believe it or not, this also worked for my 2nd Gen Ipod!)

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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I am frustrated with all the problem.
I think that the microchips are programed for operation for few months only.My lasted 13 months.As soon as warranty expired.
There must be self destructive program built in to this cameras. So we are encourage to support continuation of the company by purchasing new product. Thanks

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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