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My camera won't zoom in anymore and I don't receive a error

Customer Question

Hi my camera won't zoom in anymore and I don't receive a error message either when i try it
JA: Just to clarify, what's the exact make and model of your machine?
Customer: panasonic lumix model dmc-fz18
JA: What happened right before this popped up? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: the company won't let me because i think the camera is to old
JA: Anything else you want the camera expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: I have tried calling the company but they charge 10 for over the phone service and it's only the zoom problem I'm having with my camera
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Richard replied 10 months ago.

Hi there and welcome
Can you remove the battery please then hold the shutter button down for 60 seconds then release.
Wait 5 minutes, put the battery back in and try to turn it on.
Tell me please if it now operates correctly
Thank you

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It didn't work
Expert:  Richard replied 10 months ago.


Can you turn it upside down and put it on something that vibrates such as an electric razor

Then power it on and off 5 times and tell me if this gets it unstuck and focusing please

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
still doesn't work the control it self works like i can move it but the camera when i look on the little screen or big one it wont let me zoom in on my shot
Expert:  Richard replied 10 months ago.

Can you still get to the menu? If so, go to Menu, Setup and reset.

Once done, tell me please if you still have the issue.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
still have the same issue
Expert:  Richard replied 10 months ago.


It is the internal mainboard that has faulted, this now confirms it

I am really sorry about this and you are going to have to return the camera to have it replaced. It will be covered by the warranty if this has not expired, and the replacement will be done at no cost to you.

I am really sorry about this, and if you have problems, or would like any additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.

And if you can take a second to rate my service by clicking one of the stars at the top of the page, then submit, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you