Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Digital Camera
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?
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
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.
Posted on Sep 13, 2013
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
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!
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
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
I tried dropping it; it did not work.
Posted on Oct 06, 2008
Thanks very much maria! dropping did the trick for me. so glad to have my camera back!
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
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
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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