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Old Dec 3, 2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Oh heck! Broken plastic Panny ZS3 shutter button?

I just took my ZS3 out of the case to take some pics and, horror of horrors, the shutter button is missing.

I can use a pencil with eraser to activate the switch and zoom function, but now what? It's Saturday night, so I'm guessing their support lines are closed.

I found the plastic button (with 1 leg bent/broken) and it's tiny spring retainer, but am afraid the correct fix isn't going to be easy or cheap and would probably take a few weeks, which isn't good for the holidays.

Can I order this little part anywhere or is Panasonic going to want me to send it in for repairs? I'm guessing I can glue the tiny broken leg back on the plastic button as a very last resort.

I've done electronic/computer repair for 30 years now and recently have repaired a few cellphone displays, but my fear is I wont be able to order this small little (cheap?) part from the manufacturer.

Any ideas?

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Old Dec 3, 2011, 11:15 PM   #2
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At this point, you have to give it a shot. I'd try a dab of superglue and see if that works. OR, take the eraser out of a pencil and mess around with that for a temporary fix until you can get it fixed.

Tried any local camera shops?
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Old Dec 5, 2011, 9:50 PM   #3
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Not yet, looks like someone threw away the small broken piece and the tiny spring I had, so... Calling Panasonic now and maybe a local shop too.

** I may have just found the parts list on Panasonic's website but I don't see a diagram yet, I'll call back tomorrow when their open. It just says button for about $4.05 and lists 3 springs for $1.05 ea. Shipping would probably be more than that but better than buying a new cam or an expensive send off repair. I'll call a local shop too, they may have a supply line and not have to pay expensive shipping.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Not yet, looks like someone threw away the small broken piece and the tiny spring I had, so... Calling Panasonic now and maybe a local shop too.

** I may have just found the parts list on Panasonic's website but I don't see a diagram yet, I'll call back tomorrow when their open. It just says button for about $4.05 and lists 3 springs for $1.05 ea. Shipping would probably be more than that but better than buying a new cam or an expensive send off repair. I'll call a local shop too, they may have a supply line and not have to pay expensive shipping.

Thanks for the suggestion.
Or, they may even be able to fix it for you.
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