This is a Panasonic DMC-ZS8 digital camera. On this page you will find how-to-guides on how to fix and replace componets such as the front panel, the mounting bracket, the battery door, the screen panel, and the front lens.

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Lens cover not open/closing - its stuck halfway - also has dust in it

Can the Lens be removed and then further disassembled to clean out grime and get the proper opening and closing of the cover to result?

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Excellent advice. After about 5-10 minutes of first inserting a sheet of paper between the lens cover "louvers" I got brave and used a dental pick as well. The paper alone would not free up the louvers, but using the dental pick and GENTLY prying I was able for free-up the operation of the lense louvers. I put a small amount of WD-40 on a QTIP and lightly lubricated where the metal on metal louvers overlap. FIXED - Thanks !

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Good news, bad news - the action of freeing up the operation of the lens cover louvers has "released" some of the dirt/dust to where there are several noticeable spots visible thru the viewfinder that appears on all pictures. I will have to remove, clean and re-assemble the lens itself.

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You can find a few simple tips at https://therestartproject.org/wiki/Compa...

From the repair guide, it seems removing the lens from the camera is fairly simple, but won't get you much further. Disassembly of a compact camera is generally possible, but reassembly is much harder. You can get some idea of what's involved from Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Lens Disassembly

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