Having problems with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8 Digital Camera ?

There is a spot on the top left hand side of the LCD monitor, and this spot also appears on the prints

\015 Lumix DMC-FX8GM\015\012Serial No EN6EC90773 R\015\012Purchased September 2006\015

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Hi,
Looks like dust must have gotten onto the CCD sensor (or, more specifically, onto IR-cut filter on the sensor). The dust enters the lens through the gaps between zoom barrels and sometimes ends up on the sensor-which is what most probably happened here.
There are 2 ways I know to remove the dust. 1st way-it might sound silly, but try sucking the dust from the camera with your mouth around the closed lens :) Make sure you don't blow any air in. This worked for me a few times. Note that sometimes it might make the problem worse as you might move other dust particles onto the sensor.
If 1st way didn't help then you can try directly blowing the dust off the sensor. This should only be attempted if you're happy with partial dismantling your camera and are ok taking the risk of ruining the camera further. Although in my opinion lumix cameras are generally fairly easy to repair, you will need steady hands and patience to attempt this. If you are happy to proceed, do the following:
1. unscrew the screws holding the back of the case
2. lift the case carefully a bit making sure you don't break the ribbon cables going to LCD and backlight
3. undo the LCD and backlight ribbons (there are black flaps on the connectors, these gently flip upwards)
4. gently remove upped logic board. Try to pry it in stages from all sides, don't just pry it up in one go from one side or you might damage the connector. (I learned the hard way ;)
5. on the bottom logic board you'll see 2 connectors, undo the upper one to release the ribbon going to the sensor (note that this is not absolutely necessary if you're happy cleaning the sensor without disconnecting it-it can be done, the ribbon is relatively robust.)
6. the sensor is held by 3 tiny star screws. if you don't have the exact screwdriver you should be able to use a small flat screwdriver to carefully unscrew them. Do the screws bit by bit, i.e. unscrew 1st one a bit, then unscrew 2nd one a bit, and so on
7. there is a small spring underneath the sensor assembly, make sure you don't lose it :)
8. once the screws are undone you have access to the sensor-lift it up. Under good light you should be able to see the dust bits. Use a blower to get rid of them.
9. that should be it. put the camera back together. figers crossed it will power up and the dust problem will be gone :)
NB. You might have come accross horror stories of people being electrocuted by flash capacitors when repairing cameras. This might indeed happen. It's not easy with FX8 though: To get electrocuted here you would need to undo the top plate, unscrew the switch logic board and remove protective tape off the flash circuit, then touch the capacitor contacts :) Don't do it of course. Not worth it.
Good luck,
Raf

Hi, I used the previous posters directions to open my camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC LS75) and pull the ccd and there it was a single speck of dust. Blew it off, put it all back together and back to taking great pics again!

To offer the adventurous a little more guidance:
1. Remove the five screws on the cam. 2 bottom, 2 on the right and 1 on the left.
2 Like previous poster said, pull back off slowly and you'll see 2 ribbons connecting the lcd to cam. Opposite to where ribbons plug in is a little black tab. Use a small screw driver to flip it up and gently pull the ribbons from the connector. All the ribbons are pretty strong so don't worry too much, just take your time.
3. Once ribbons are disconnected and back removed you'll be looking at the main board. DO NOT remove the three screws holding it in place. Rather at the top of the board look in and you'll see 1 screw deep down towards the center top of cam. Remove this 1 screw and the 2 remaining ribbons connected to the board (these go to the ccd and are pretty strong as well), open the battery case (if not already open) and gently pull the front of the camera away from the central body.
4. There are three screws holding the ccd into the black housing and these are the star type screws. Check on ebay or Radio Shack for a multi tool set for about 5 or 10 bucks to handle all these types of screws.
5. Once you remove the 3 screws holding in the ccd lift gently and with a good light you'll be able to see if any dust is on the ccd. Blow off gently with a blower or just use your own breath. I'm sure you can find more detailed instructions that talk about how to clean a CCD but I was happy for now just getting the one speck off.
6. Reconnect the front to the main body, reconnect front screw and ccd ribbons. Reconnect lcd ribbons and and SD card door (forgot to mention when you seperate the back from the central body the card door and rod will fall out, best to do this repair on a clean table so parts and screws don't get lost). Reconnect back of cam to central body and reattach 5 screws. Reinsert SD card and batteries. You may have to reset the clock as I was prompted and you're done.

All in all, took about 45 minutes but well worth it as besides this dust issue this camera has served me well and I saved money by doing it myself and you can't beat that! Good luck and happy holidays!
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