Having problems with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K Digital Camera ?

Camera only comes on when connected to dc adapter

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When you open the battery hatch you'll see a set of metal tabs that work like springs holding the battery up to the contacts on the other side of the casing. As the camera is jolted up and down these compress and the battery no longer makes contact to the metal wires that deliver power the camera. To fix this you will need to bend, stuff, extend, or solder somewhere to restore the connection.

The other option is that the battery is actually bad, but the latter is WAY more likely.
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