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Old Dec 11, 2007, 1:57 PM   #1
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I bought the FZ20 in February 2006 NEW and I was happy with the camera. Out of the blue one day the camera won't boot up - the lense make a crunching sound as it attempts to boot, as if the lense is jammed. So I bring it to Henry's and I am told there is impact damage and will cost $240 to repair! I did not bump or drop this camera, BTW.

My question is... what do I do? It doesn't seem worth it to fix, but the damned thing is relatively new it seems ridiculous to junk it. Do these cameras routinelty have this problem? Are the notoriously fragile?
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 9:43 PM   #2
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I am no authority, but before I would spend $240 to repair the camera, I would seriously look at a new one. The FZ18 is going for $325 to $400 depending on where you buy.

I would also be suspicious of someone wanting that much to repair the camera, without suggesting you should look at a new one.

So, as for me, unless there is some sentimental value, I would put the $240 with some more and spring for a newer camera.

Just my opinion.
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Old Dec 12, 2007, 4:03 AM   #3
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I had an occasional problem with the lens sticking on my fz20 too.I think it was caused by dust or something getting into the mechanism. A few sharp (though not too sharp) taps to the body sorted the problem out and dislodged whatever it was.My camera hadnt been bumped or dropped either. The first time it happened i`d shot a few pics in the garden, put the camera down on the kitchen bench, picked it up again and the lens had jammed.
For what its going to cost to fix, and if tapping the camera doesnt solve the problem, i`d agree with Jerry and put the cash towards a new cam. You may even be able to find a lightly used fz20 on Ebay for that price if you`d like that model again.Its just unfortunate that your fz20 has developed a problem so soon after purchase.

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Old Dec 12, 2007, 8:30 PM   #4
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Just to clarify, while I like my FZ30, as it is my first camera with a large zoom, etc., I am not so attached to it that I would spring for 2/3+ the cost of a new more modern camera, unless there was something special about the older one.
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Old Dec 13, 2007, 11:56 AM   #5
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I do not know if this will help but its the service manual for the FZ10 which is the same as the FZ20.

The download link is near the bottom of the page......Then its hard to navigate the manual but possible.

http://www.eserviceinfo.com/download...0%20FZ-10.html
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