I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55 last year for my vacation to Florida. It is now out of warranty. It worked as expected before, during and for some time after my vacation.
I experienced no issues with the camera until about a month ago after about 5 months of storage when I noticed the lens would sometimes get stuck, and it would extend and retract about three times before being able to use the camera. At this stage, it would still capture pictures and video.
Moving on about a week later, I took a picture and the camera just locked up. I had to remove the battery before I could get the camera to respond. I checked the storage, and the picture had not been stored. This now happens every time I attempt to capture a picture or record video.
I have searched on Google for any similar incidents, however I have found none and I am a bit miffed about having spent over £100 on a supposedly reputable camera for it to fail 12 months later. Interestingly, a relation has the older version of this camera for nearly three years, and has had no issues at all.
At the moment, I am unsure whether this is software or hardware related, however given the lens issue I have a feeling it's hardware related.
Could anyone give any advice on an attempt to fix this issue without having to go through an expensive repair?