When switched on, this FZ10 will try to extend the lens and then will give SYSTEM ERROR. Just like here:
Even though the procedure I'll describe now is specific for Panasonic FZ10, I am quite sure the lens mechanisms of other Panasonic series (especially FZ series), and even maybe other camera makes are designed with similar features. So you may find this guide useful for finding out your way to fixing another digital camera. You need to be skilled in disassembling an electronic device to follow the next steps.
All photos are taken by me, sorry for the lousy lighting and maybe some blur. Well, when you are concentrated on the job it takes a lot of determination to take good photos of the steps.
For this instructable you need:
- 00 Philips screwdriver
- Super glue (crazy glue, etc.)
- Epoxy putty
- One 3V lithium battery with two thin cables connected to terminals (if you want to test the lens assembly before putting it in the camera)
No disclaimers, except:
- there is a slight risk of receiving a strong electric shock from the flash capacitor if you poke your screwdriver here and there,
- risk of battery explosion if you don't follow my instructions,
- a risk of rendering the whole camera useless...
So I don't accept any responsibility for your bad luck in those issues (from my hindsight, talking from experience).
Before starting, a rich repository of service manuals for many Panasonic digital cameras can be found here (as of instructable publish date).