Having problems with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera ?

Dropped the camera, shutter won't closed, focus keep moving in and out, message "please turn off camera and turn on again"

\015 I accidentally dropped my camera. When I turned it on in normal picture mode, the focus keep on moving in and out, then a message appear "Please turn camera off and then on again".\015\012\015\012I turned off the camera but the shutter won't closed.\015\012\015\012Any suggestion what went wrong and how to fix it? I called Panasonic, and they estimated the repair cost is more than $250. It is the same price of a new camera. Please help me.\015

Answers :

This recently happened to me and I too got a hefty quote from the company since mine was no longer under warranty. I figured since it was trash anyways, I might as well take it apart and see if I could figure out what was broken. After removing all of the screws and removing the top pin strip from the board (there is a piece of tape on it) and flipping the lens part away from the board, I was able to remove the small gear compartment on the side of the lens housing (held on by one small screw) and the 3 screws on the back of the lens and carefully flip out the digital camera part and push the lens back into it's original closed position. I then carefully reinserted the digital part back into the lens making sure everything was nice and flush and closed it back up. Works like new :D However, if you're nervous about digital machines, I wouldn't reccomend doing this. Luckily for me when my camera fell it simply knocked the digital lens out from the housing and it didn't pop back in right afterwards, causing the lens to not be able to turn completely like it should. If yours is damaged more than this, it may not be such an easy fix. And the camera is difficult to handle as it is connected by those pin strips everywhere. It made me nervous to handle it as I probably could have made it worse, but, I had nothing to lose. Hope this helps out the next person.
I took guitartists 'rough' guide for disassembly to fix this problem on my camera, because hitting the bottom didn't work. The biggest issue is handling the camera after you take it apart, because there are 3 (I think) small ribbon cables that seem to be permanently attached.
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\015\012Here is what I did...(I am not sure if this is all necessary to access the gear mechanism)
\015\012 - Unscrew the 7 screws (4 on sides, 3 on bottom) on the outside case and lift the back off at the bottom and the top of the back panel should pop off.
\015\012 - Carefully flip the back panel on its face to expose a ciruitboard (the back panel is attached to this by a small ribbon cable that seems fixed).
\015\012 - Unscrew 3 more of the small silver screws (2 on the circuitboard, 1 on the right side of the camera holding the leash loop).
\015\012 - Unscrew 2 more of the screws (just above the circuitboard and down into the camera) to slip the top panel off.
\015\012 - Carefully take the tape off of and unhook the small ribbon cable at the top of the circuitboard (I think you need to push the tiny black tabs, on its sides, in to get the cable to release).
\015\012 - Carefully flip the main circuitboard away (it will still be attached to the back panel by a ribbon cable and to the camera lens by a ribbon cable at the base) and be sure to slide the battery compartment (it is attached to the circuitboard) out of the groove on the front panel.
\015\012 - Unscrew the 3 silver screws (around the camera lens) that hold the camera lens to the front panel.
\015\012 - Carefully pull the camera lens assembly away from the front panel (nothing should be attached to the front panel, but the camera lens is still attached to the main circuitboard which is then attached to the back panel).
\015\012 - Unscrew the 2 black screws that hold the gear motor to the lens assembly ( the gear motor is a small black box thing on the side of the lens assembly and the screws that attach it are on the top of it conected to the back bracket of the lens).
\015\012 - Carefully flip the gear motor away from the lens assembly (it is attached by another small ribbon cable) so that its gear is not touching the main lens gear.
\015\012 - Carefully grasp the back bracket of the lens and rotate the center black cylinder of the lens back and forth to open and close the lens until it can move all the way out and close back up without issue.
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\015\012If you still have trouble, then you will need to dive into the gearing inside the lens and you are on your own for that. :P
\015\012To put the camera back together, go backwards through the steps. lol
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\015\012The camera inards are awkward and delicate, so don't bother unless you know what you are doing or have nothing to lose.
\015\012I had already bought a better DMC camera for cheaper than the cost to repair the LZ2, so I really had nothing to lose. Now I have 2 good quality cameras that work. Yay!
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