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  • #1512
    nutkick_42
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    I was taking pictures the other day when my camera (Panasonic DMC-LZ3) decided to start putting vertical lines on my photos. I chalked it up to the almost dead battery and turned it off. Today, I put in fresh batteries and it’s still behaving badly. It goes from normal, to putting lines on, to behaving completely bizarrely. Here are a few photos of my keyboard I took after installing new batteries and telling it to reset all settings. Is it FUBAR, or can it be fixed?

    #20456
    RcMacStudent
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    I’m not a an expert but that looks pretty well FUBARed. If you’re still covered by the warranty I’d send it back ASAP.

    #20457
    nobigdeal
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    Is that mold growing on your keyboard? LOL!!

    Looks fubar to me.

    what kind of camera?

    #20458
    Killerclaw
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    Make an artistic style out of it!

    #20459
    nutkick_42
    Participant

    I’m not a an expert but that looks pretty well FUBARed. If you’re still covered by the warranty I’d send it back ASAP.

    It’s over 2 years old, and I think it may have been a refurb, so likely no warranty left

    Is that mold growing on your keyboard? LOL!!

    Looks fubar to me.

    what kind of camera?

    Not mold, just dried ramen noodle broth (equally gross, I know, but I like to slurp noodles while I compute)

    As stated above, it’s a Panasonic DMC-LZ3

    I really hope it’s not fubar. I can’t afford another camera right now, and I really want to keep on farktographing..

    #20460
    soosh
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    That does not look promising.

    #20461
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    That definitely looks busted. It reminds me a lot of a photo bhollar once posted…think it was the self portraiture theme:
    Day042_2007-04-30

    #20462
    nutkick_42
    Participant

    Crap. That is what my screen looks like when the camera’s at its worst. Looks like I’ll be in the market for a new camera soon…

    #20463
    lokisbong
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    My last cheap camera started doing that the day before it died. It was pretty foggy that week too so it could have been moisture that killed it. I agree that the prognosis is not good.

    #20464
    nobigdeal
    Participant

    I’m not a an expert but that looks pretty well FUBARed. If you’re still covered by the warranty I’d send it back ASAP.

    It’s over 2 years old, and I think it may have been a refurb, so likely no warranty left

    Is that mold growing on your keyboard? LOL!!

    Looks fubar to me.

    what kind of camera?

    Not mold, just dried ramen noodle broth (equally gross, I know, but I like to slurp noodles while I compute)

    As stated above, it’s a Panasonic DMC-LZ3

    I really hope it’s not fubar. I can’t afford another camera right now, and I really want to keep on farktographing..

    It still looks cleaner than my keyboard at work. A keyboard in an auto shop…yea thats pretty scuzzy.

    I had a HP point & shoot that looked like that after I closed it in a car door…so I think it’s borked.

    The good news is that it gives you an excuse to upgrade to a DSLR. After xmas deals abound my friend. Now is the time.

    If you really are broke though I have an old OLY P&S you can have. It’s only 2.1 mp though so your cameraphone might be better.

    #20465
    orionid
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    Make an artistic style out of it!

    This. Especially the images that came out looking like a bad 1960’s tv that survived as far as the 80 but is always out of sync.

    The electronincs technician in me wants to ask if it was dropped or jarred recently. Or possibly exposed to moisture? The dropping out of pixels in vertical or horizontal lines makes me suspect that either the sensor itself is about to kick the bucket, or is coming loose, or the modulator/demodulator in the sensor scanner already crapped out. Either way, you’re due for a new camera, start rolling your pennies. Maybe that $150 amazon.com camera that was mentioned a few threads back? Until then, have fun with it. Mistake or not, those are some badass effects that you can definatley claim as in camera, and no one on this site will question you now.

    #20466
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Translation: shoot as much now before it craps out cause something might turn out pretty damn cool!

    #20467
    nutkick_42
    Participant

    I haven’t dropped it or exposed it to moisture lately. I was actually using it when it started doing this. I walked out from under a carport to get a picture of my cousins playing football, and everything went to crap when I went from shade to sunlight.

    After a bit of digging, I found out that it may have a bit of warranty left after all. I’ll probably take a few shots with it as-is, store them away for a fitting contest, then ship it in to be fixed or refunded. I really hope it gets fixed, because I only paid $60 for it, and I probably can’t replace it for that.

    Edit: It messes up more often if I give the case a gentle squeeze over in the upper right corner, next to where all of the buttons are.

    #20468
    Choc-Ful-A
    Participant

    Translation: shoot as much now before it craps out cause something might turn out pretty damn cool!

    I agree, take tons of shots until it dies. I love random distortions in photos.

    And Elsinore, that link you provided to the whacked portrait was awesome!

    My brand new toy, Nikon D80, this this just once. The other 100+ photos shot that day were fine and it’s never happened again.

    #20469
    nutkick_42
    Participant

    I posted a few more w/ my new-found effect(s) on flickr. Comments welcome.

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