Having problems with your Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera ?

When i turn the camera on, it cycles through opening the lens and zooming in and out but won't focus and then says "turn camera off and back on" but the same thing happens.


Answers :

Sounds like there is some issue with the lens mechanism. Most probably something\015\012like a grain of sand fell into the cogs in the zoom mechanism (been\015\012taking pictures on a beach? ;). Dirt gets into the mechanism through\015\012the gaps between the zoom barrels and the camera body. One tiny grain\015\012of sand is enough to cause the lens mechanism to jam or malfunction.
Unfortunately,\015\012this is a problem with pretty much all compact zoom cameras. Usually\015\012there is not much you can do with this. First thing I try in cases like\015\012these is gently tapping the camera to shift whatever might be blocking\015\012the mechanism. If unsuccessul, then only way I know to fix this is\015\012completely stripping the lens to clean it or swapping the lens with one\015\012taken from another camera ("donors" available on ebay ;).
If you are\015\012not keen on tinkering with your camera I would suggest selling it on\015\012ebay - TZ3s with lens mechanism issues still fetch pretty good prices.
Sorry if this is not much of a help, but unfortunately there is no easy fix to this one.
Good luck,
Raf
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