My Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Won't Zoom

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My Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Won't Zoom
Fixing the zoom function on your Panasonic DMC-FZ18 may be as simple as changing a setting. (50mm camera lens image by Christopher Walker from

The Panasonic DMC-FZ18 is a mid-range digital camera with many manual capabilities as well as Panasonic's "Intelligent Auto Mode." It has a wide-angle lens, 18x optical zoom and an optional add-on teleconversion lens and a close-up lens. The zoom function of the camera adjusts according to whether or not a conversion lens is being used, so if the settings on your camera don't reflect your lens set-up, the zoom function will stop working properly. The solution to this problem is a simple setting change on the camera.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Turn on the camera.

  2. 2

    Select "Conversion" from the menu by clicking the up or down arrows. Click the right arrow to confirm your selection.

  3. 3

    Click the up or down arrow to select "Off" then click "Menu/Set."

Tips and warnings

  • If your camera continues to zoom improperly after changing the "Conversion" setting, it may be a lens malfunction. Bring your camera to a qualified camera repair centre to have it assessed.

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