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I have a PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ200. The camera beeps it has

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i have a PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ200.
The camera beeps it has focused but then will not take the picture in any of the modes.
It does take video but not pictures and i have tried all sorts of settings .
Any ideas
John
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 10 months ago.
Hi, Please try a hard reset, using the following instructions..Remove the batteries & memory card and switch the camera to the ON position. Allow the camera to sit idle for 30 minutes. Then, switch the camera to OFF, re install the batteries and memory card, switch it on and see if the shutter will fire. Please let me know the result. Please keep in mind that my diagnosis & solutions provided are directly dependent on the accuracy of your description of the problem. As with any "do it yourself" fixes, success is a "team effort", since I can't see or touch the camera, and relies on the customer's manual dexterity and ability to follow the instructions well. If you require additional information, please use the Reply to Expert Tab to contact me. Click the ratings only after our exchange is complete and you are satisfied. If you are satisfied that my answer is accurate or has provided a reasonable alternative solution, please do not forget to rate my answer OK, Good or Excellent.Thank you
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
hi this did not work
Expert:  Russell A. replied 10 months ago.
Will the shutter fire if you set the focus mode to MF (manual focus), located on the left sid of the lens barrel?
Expert:  Russell A. replied 10 months ago.
Also, while you indicated that the camera beeps, indicating correct focus, is the image actually focused?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
still not firing
yes the subject is in focus
Expert:  Russell A. replied 10 months ago.
Finally, if you have not already done so, so to the menu and select RESET, Not RESET NO. and allow the process to complete. Normally, this will initialize the lens and shutter functions. Please let me know the result. If you require additional information, please use the Reply to Expert Tab to contact me. Click the ratings only after our exchange is complete and you are satisfied. If you are satisfied that my answer is accurate or has provided a reasonable alternative solution, please do not forget to rate my answer OK, Good or Excellent.Thank you
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
sadly no joy
Expert:  Russell A. replied 10 months ago.
Does the motion picture mode (video button) work?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
yes it takes video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 10 months ago.
All of our troubleshooting points to the actual shutter release button as the cause of the problem. The shutter button is a 3 position switch where unpressed is basically the off position, halfway initiates focus and fully pressed fires the shutter. the 3rd position appears to have failed. Button and controls repairs are generally the least expensive, usually around £60, with local services able to handle them without sending the camera away to the main factory service. As a last resort, if you do not want to have the camera professionally services, you can try a small amount of electrical contact cleaner on the button, then drying it with compressed air. Note: Considering the age and present value of this camera, paying the cost of having it repaired , approximately £60 - £70 really depends on how attached to the camera you are, may actually make sense .. The standard "rule of thumb" is if the repair cost is greater than 50% of the value of the camera, it is not worth it. A used or refurbished DMC-FZ200 replacement still sells for £165 - £190 and a new / old stock unit costs over £250. Please keep in mind that my diagnosis & solutions provided are directly dependent on the accuracy of your description of the problem. As with any "do it yourself" fixes, success is a "team effort", since I can't see or touch the camera, and relies on the customer's manual dexterity and ability to follow the instructions well. If the "do it yourself" approach doesn't work out for you and you need conventional repair, please let me know.If you require additional information, please use the Reply to Expert Tab to contact me. Click the ratings only after our exchange is complete and you are satisfied.If you are satisfied that my answer is accurate or has provided a reasonable alternative solution, please do not forget to rate my answer OK, Good or Excellent.Thank you
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