(October 22, 2019) Digital camera's with a rear display that flips out to any angle are cool, but doesn't it mean the display is more prone to break? What do you do when the display panel on your digital camera breaks? Do you throw up your hands in resignation to having to buy a new camera? Or that it will be an expensive repair at a camera shop? In this article we'll show you how, in a half hour or so, to replace the display panel on a Lumix DMC-FZ100 camera.
(November 30, 2019) Maybe you've bought a used digital camera, or unearthed one from a drawer, and want to check that it works. Eagerly putting a handy SD card into the camera you might get a message like "MEMORY CARD ERROR PLEASE CHECK THE CARD", and you get the same message no matter how many SD cards you try. The solution might be simple. Modern SD cards are not always compatible with older digital cameras. Let's talk about what to do if your digital camera gives such an error.
(December 4, 2019) Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot cameras have a frequent failure where the display shows System Error (Zoom). Most say that when a Lumix camera shows this error it's a goner, because the cost to repair is more than the camera is worth. I recently bought a Lumix ZS19 that turned out to have this problem, and after some diagnosis I came up with a theory of how to fix this issue. I am happy to report a successful repair that involved buying another Lumix ZS19, and merging parts of the lenses on the two cameras. This repair requires some skill, and took several hours.
(December 4, 2019) Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot cameras have a frequent failure where the display shows System Error (Zoom), and the Lumix ZS19 shown here has that problem as well as a lens cover that doesn't work correctly. Thinking it might be possible to repair the lens, I set about doing this teardown. What I'll do in this article is show the teardown of the Lumix ZS19, the feasibility of converting it to be an infrared camera (full spectrum anyway), and at the end is a video showing how to repair a common failure mode of the ZS19 lens assembly. Everything shown here also applies to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20, DMC-TZ27 and DMC-TZ30.
(December 7, 2019) In this article I have two Lumix DMC-ZS25's, one with a broken LCD display, the other with "System Error (Zoom)". With luck both cameras can be fully restored, but to start I'll swap the good LCD display into the camera that is otherwise fine, and maybe later I'll work on the Zoom Error camera.