Panasonic Camera Not Working? Error Codes, Fixes & More

Error codes in Panasonic cameras can be a significant source of concern for users, as they convey essential information about the device’s operational status and are used to pinpoint issues and expedite repairs. Understanding the significance of these codes is crucial for Panasonic camera users.

Lumix Digital Codes

Error MessagesSolutions
THIS MEMORY CARD IS PROTECTEDThe Write-Protect switch on the SD Memory Card and the SDHC Memory Card are moved to [LOCK]. Move the switch back to unlock it.
NO VALID PICTURE TO PLAYRecord a picture or insert a card with a recorded picture and then play it.
THIS PICTURE IS PROTECTEDDelete or overwrite the picture after canceling the protect setting.
THIS PICTURE CANNOT BE DELETEDPictures not based on the DCF standard cannot be deleted. If you want to delete some pictures, format the card after saving necessary data on a PC etc.
SOME PICTURES CANNOT BE DELETEDPictures not based on the DCF standard cannot be deleted. If you want to delete some pictures, format the card after saving necessary data on a PC etc.
NO ADDITIONAL DELETE SELECTIONS CAN BE MADEYou have exceeded the number of pictures that can be set at one time with [MULTI] in [DATE STAMP] or [MULTI DELETE]. Delete the set pictures or stamp the date information on them and then do the operation for any remaining pictures. More than 999 favorites have been set.
CANNOT BE SET ON THIS PICTUREDPOF print cannot be set for pictures not based on the DCF standard.
CANNOT BE SET ON SOME PICTURESDPOF print cannot be set for pictures not based on the DCF standard.
NOT ENOUGH SPACE ON BUILT-IN MEMORYThere is no space left on the built-in memory or the card. When you copy pictures from the built-in memory to the card (batch copy), the pictures are copied until the capacity of the card becomes full.
NOT ENOUGH MEMORY IN THE CARDThere is no space left on the built-in memory or the card. When you copy pictures from the built-in memory to the card (batch copy), the pictures are copied until the capacity of the card becomes full.
SOME PICTURES CANNOT BE COPIEDThe following pictures cannot be copied. When a picture with the same name as the picture to be copied exists in the copy destination. Files not based on the DCF standard. Moreover, pictures recorded or edited by other equipment may not be copied.
COPY COULD NOT BE COMPLETEDThe following pictures cannot be copied. When a picture with the same name as the picture to be copied exists in the copy destination. Files not based on the DCF standard. Moreover, pictures recorded or edited by other equipment may not be copied.
BUILT-IN MEMORY ERROR FORMAT BUILT-IN MEMORYThis message will be displayed when you formatted the built-in memory on a PC. Format the built-in memory on the camera again. The data on the built-in memory will be deleted.
MEMORY CARD ERROR FORMAT THIS CARDThe card format cannot be recognized by the camera. Format the card again with the camera after saving necessary data on a PC etc.
PLEASE TURN CAMERA OFF AND THEN ON AGAINThis message appears when the camera is not operating properly. Turn the camera off and on. If the message persists, contact the dealer or your nearest Service Center.
MEMORY CARD PARAMETER ERRORUse a card compatible with this unit. You can only use an SDHC Memory Card if using cards with 4 GB or more capacity.
MEMORY CARD ERROR PLEASE CHECK THE CARDAn error has occurred accessing the card. Insert the card again.
READ ERROR PLEASE CHECK THE CARDAn error has occurred reading the data. Insert the card again. Make sure the card is inserted properly and then play back again.
WRITE ERROR PLEASE CHECK THE CARDAn error has occurred writing the data. Turn the camera off and remove the card. Insert the card again and turn the camera on. Make sure the camera is turned off before removing or inserting the card to avoid damage.
MOTION RECORDING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE LIMITATION OF THE WRITING SPEED OF THE CARDWhen you set the picture quality to [30fpsVGA] or [30fps16:9], we recommend using a High Speed SD Memory Card with “10MB/s” or greater displayed on the package. Depending on the type of SD Memory Card or SDHC Memory Card, motion picture recording may stop in the middle.
A FOLDER CANNOT BE CREATEDA folder cannot be created because there are no remaining folder numbers that can be used. Format the card after saving necessary data on a PC etc. If you execute [NO.RESET] in the [SETUP] menu after formatting, the folder number is reset to 100.
PICTURE IS DISPLAYED FOR 4:3 TV-The AV cable is connected to the camera. Press [MENU/SET] if you want to delete this message at once. -Select [TV ASPECT] in the [SETUP] menu if you want to change the TV aspect. -This message also appears when the USB connection cable is connected to the camera only. In this case, connect the other end of the USB connection cable to a PC or a printer.
PICTURE IS DISPLAYED FOR 16:9 TV-The AV cable is connected to the camera. Press [MENU/SET] if you want to delete this message at once. -Select [TV ASPECT] in the [SETUP] menu if you want to change the TV aspect. -This message also appears when the USB connection cable is connected to the camera only. In this case, connect the other end of the USB connection cable to a PC or a printer.
PLEASE RE-CONNECT THE PRINTERThis message will be displayed if you change the mode dial to print mode [ print ] while this unit and the PC are connected. If a printer is connected, change the mode to a mode other than [ print ] mode and then check that no data is being transferred. ([ACCESS] appears on the LCD monitor of this unit while data is being transferred.)
USB MODE CHANGED. PLEASE REMOVE THE USB CABLEThis message will be displayed if you change the mode dial to a mode other than print mode [print ] while this unit and the printer are connected. Set the mode dial to [ print ] again and then disconnect the USB cable. If printing, stop the printing and then disconnect the USB cable.

Components

Panasonic Lumix Camera-Names of the Components
Panasonic Lumix Camera-Names of the Components

Lumix Factory Reset [NO.RESET]

Press [Menu] to display the [SETUP] menu and select the item to set. The folder number is updated and the file number starts from 0001.

  • A folder number between 100 and 999 can be assigned. When the folder number reaches 999, the number cannot be reset. We recommend formatting the card after saving the data on a PC or elsewhere.
  • To reset the folder number to 100, format (P80) the built-in memory or the card first and then use this function to reset the file number.

A reset screen for the folder number will then appear. Select [YES] to reset the folder number.

[RESET]

Press [Menu ] to display the [SETUP] menu and select the item to set. The [REC] or [SETUP] menu settings are reset to the initial settings.

  • [FAVORITE] is fixed to [OFF] and [ROTATE DISP.] is fixed to [ON].
  • If the [SETUP] menu settings are reset, the following settings are also reset.

-The birthday settings for [BABY1]/ [BABY2] and [PET] in scene mode.

-The number of days that have passed since the departure date in [TRAVEL DATE]

-The [WORLD TIME] setting.

  • The folder number and the clock setting are not changed.

AG-AC90 Camera Codes

Function to display the last 3 camera error codes in the error history saved in EEPROM. The error codes represent as follows.

Error CodesMeaning
51Focus control is abnormal
52Zoom control is abnormal (Zoom lens: Front side)
53OIS lens control is normal
54Zoom control is abnormal (Zoom lens: Rear side)
71Lens cover operation is abnormal
72Lens cover operation is abnormal
72Cooling fan operation is abnormal
33Communication error between BE MICOM (SPiCa) and CAM MICOM inside SPiCa.

Troubleshooting

If you return the menu settings to the initial settings at the time of purchase, the condition may improve. Select [RESET] in the [SETUP] menu.

TroubleCause
The camera cannot be operated even when it is turned on.Is the battery inserted correctly? Check the direction of the battery. Is the battery sufficiently charged? Use a battery that has been sufficiently charged.
The LCD monitor turns off while the camera is turned on.Is power save mode or economy mode activated? Press the shutter button halfway to cancel these modes. Is the battery exhausted? Use a battery that has been sufficiently charged.
The camera turns off immediately after it is turned on.Is the battery charge insufficient to operate the camera? Use a battery that has been sufficiently charged. If you leave the camera on, the battery will be exhausted. Turn the camera off frequently by using power save mode etc.
The picture cannot be recorded.Is the mode dial correctly set? Is there any memory remaining on the built-in memory or the card? Before recording, delete some pictures.
The recorded picture is whitish. The lens is dirty.The picture can become whitish if there is dirt e.g. fingerprints on the lens. If the lens is dirty, turn on the camera, eject the lens barrel and gently wipe the lens surface with a soft dry cloth.
The recorded picture is too bright or dark.Check that the exposure is correctly compensated.
2 or 3 pictures are taken at one time.Is [BURST] in the [REC] mode menu set to [ON]?
The subject is not focused properly.The focus range varies depending on the recording mode. Rotate the mode dial to set the proper mode for the distance to the subject. Is the subject beyond the focus range of the camera? Have you taken a picture with jitter?
The recorded picture is blurred. The optical image stabilizer is not effective.The shutter speed will become slower and the optical image stabilizer function may not work properly when taking pictures especially in dark places. In this case, we recommend holding the camera firmly with both hands when taking pictures. We recommend using the self-timer when taking pictures with a slow shutter speed.
The recorded picture looks rough. Noise appears on the picture.Is the ISO sensitivity high or the shutter speed slow? (ISO sensitivity is set to [AUTO] when the camera is shipped. Therefore, when taking pictures indoors etc. the ISO sensitivity increases.) In [HIGH SENS.] in scene mode, the resolution of the recorded picture decreases slightly because of high sensitivity processing. This is not a malfunction.
The brightness or the hue of the recorded picture is different from the actual scene.If recording under fluorescent light, the brightness or the hue may change slightly when the shutter speed becomes fast. This occurs due to the characteristics of fluorescent light. It is not a malfunction.
A reddish vertical line appears on the LCD monitor when the shutter button is pressed halfway or when recording motion pictures.This is a phenomenon called smear. It is a characteristic of CCD and appears when the subject has a bright part. Black or green vertical lines may also appear or uneven colours may appear around the smear. This is not a malfunction. It is recorded in motion pictures but is not recorded on still pictures.
Motion picture recording stops in the middle.Are you using a MultiMediaCard? This unit does not support MultiMediaCards. When you set the picture quality to [30fpsVGA] or [30fps16:9], we recommend using a High Speed SD Memory Card with “10MB/s” or greater displayed on the package. Depending on the type of the card, recording may stop in the middle.
The LCD monitor sometimes turns off although the camera is turned on.Have you set economy mode? In economy mode, the LCD monitor turns off while the flash is charged.
The LCD monitor becomes darker or brighter for a moment.This phenomenon appears when you press the shutter button halfway to set the aperture value and does not affect the recorded pictures.
Black, red, blue and green dots appear on the LCD monitor.These pixels do not affect the recorded pictures. This is not a malfunction.
The flash is not activated.Is the flash setting set to Forced OFF? Change the flash setting.
The flash is activated 2 times.When you select red-eye reduction, the flash is activated once before the actual recording to reduce the red-eye phenomenon (eyes of the subject appearing red in the picture) and then activated again for the actual recording.
The picture does not appear on the television.Is the camera connected to the TV correctly? Set the TV input to external input mode.
The picture cannot be printed when the camera is connected to a printer.Does the printer support PictBridge? You cannot print pictures with printers which do not support PictBridge. Reset the mode to (Print)
A red lamp sometimes turns on when the shutter button is pressed halfway.In dark places, the AF assist lamp lights red to make it easier to focus on a subject.
The AF assist lamp does not turn on. Is [AF ASSIST LAMP] on the [REC] mode menu set to [ON]? Are you taking pictures in dark places? The AF assist lamp does not turn on in bright places.
The clock is reset. If you do not use the camera for a long time, the clock may be reset. When the message [PLEASE SET THE CLOCK] appears, set the clock again. When you take a picture before setting the clock, [0:00 0. 0. 0] is recorded.

Manual Pdf

Panasonic Owner’s Manual for advanced features Digital Camera Model No. DMC-3D1 PDF

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