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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:38 am 
Dear all,

I have owned my Lumix tz7 for a little over a year and was very happy with it until my recent visit in barcelona.
I always carry my lumix in the panasonic bag and had used it only on few occasions. However all the sudden in barcelona I had a smudge on all of my pictures one morning. You cannot see any scratches or other damages or impacts on the lens.
I do not know how this happened or what it is. The smudge is not on the display since it is on the photos themselves as well (I have attached here one so you know what I mean (new link) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20327/Lumix/P1030695.JPG).

I have reset all my camera settings and also flashed a new firmware on the camera. None of which helped. I can’t send the camera into panasonic since a year since purchase has just gone by and the warranty in europe is therefore gone too.

Do you guys have any idea what I can do/try to fix it? Is that a common problem?

Thanks for your help in advance

Chris

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:46 am 
can you copy-paste the link again? it's spelled incorrect & doesn't work :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:45 pm 
Sorry about the broken link. Here's the correct one: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20327/Lumix/P1030695.JPG


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:01 pm 
I honestly don't have a clue...it looks like a grease smudge or something


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:24 pm 
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I had that before on a Panasonic FX33. It just appeared, and after a while, disappeared again. I suspect it is dust inside the camera so not really much you can do about it, apart from trying to shake it out of the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:24 pm 
Thanks for the reply. Good to know that its a 'common' lumix problem.

I'll try to shake the hell out of it!

Do you know whether panasonic acknowledges it as a manufacturing fualt?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:36 pm 
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I'm not sure we can call it common just because we both saw it. I think it is just chance and bad luck over time dust can/will get in and get in the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:35 pm 
Maybe it was condensation but it's a weird pattern for it.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:44 pm 
Thanks for the shaking hint - it worked! I shook the hell out of it!

Thank you sooo much!!!!


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