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My panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1 shows 3 dark spots and 2 hairs on all pictures. When I zoom-in the dirt is more visible and when I zoom-uit I dont see the hairs any more and the dark spots appear wider and softer. Is this dirt on my lens or in de CCD sensor. What can I do to solve the problem?

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Yes, you can clean. Not as complex as I originally thought.
1) Remove all of the silver screws
2) Separate the silver case (should split in 2)
3) Remove the 3 black screws in the middle
4) remove the center square cover that is over the lens
5) Use a duster spray to clean the lense and mirror
6) Reassemble in reverse order
Not knowing what I was going to get in, the entire process only took about 7-10 minutes.

Email me at malhokc1@yahoo.com with any questions.

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  • rpi9 Apr 04, 2011

    Thanks for your comment, but I did took the camera back to the store where I bought it. And although I didn't had warrantly left in the camera, I found out that the lense was covered for much longer. They admit that this is a common problem on this camera, en they took it in for repairs. So, my recommendation: always handy to check with your supplier before you start openning screws.

  • Tau1 Jul 12, 2011

    Hi
    I just followed KalMalhokokc1 's advice and though I went slowly it was a process just as described and no problem and I believe I solved the spot problem without having to loose my camera for a few weeks ( which I need for work ) So a huge thank you to Kalmalhokc1. Blue Skies

  • Malcolm Withell
    Malcolm Withell Apr 29, 2019

    My camera seems different inside. The three screws inside were on the rectangular back plate - there were none on the lens side that I could see - and after removing them, being very careful with the ribbon cables, I found there were still clips which I would have had to prise open. I didn't dare go any further. I've put everything back together, and it works, but the blob is still there (I didn't expect anything else but you can always hope!), and slightly darker if anything.

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I would clean the outer lens first, if that makes no difference the lens must be dis-assembled and cleaned in order to address this, the dirt is on the inside of the lens and any particles there must be removed, because what the lens see's will appear on your photo's.

Posted on Feb 09, 2011

  • rpi9 Feb 09, 2011

    I did already clean the outer lens and made no different. If the dirt is inside de lens (which can not officially be removed), could this problem be resolved within the garantie? The camera in question is quite new.

  • John Cunningham Feb 09, 2011

    If the camera is under warranty send it in, it should be covered, if dirt can get in that easy ,the lens construction must be questioned.

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I was told that it wasn't covered under warranty - hence mine still has dust inside the lens. I will try to do what Kalmalhokc1 has suggested - am getting some canned air next pay day - and see what I can do.

Posted on Jul 09, 2011

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