How to Troubleshoot a Panasonic 5100HS

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How to Troubleshoot a Panasonic 5100HS
The Panasonic 5100HS was designed for professional film and TV applications. (video camera on a boom image by Aaron Kohr from

The Panasonic 5100HS camera is a high-sensitivity video camera that features an 8x zoom lens, autofocus and automatic white balance correction. The Panasonic 5100HS was originally designed for television and film use, and it is a camera-only, non-recording unit. While there are a few small problems like intermittent power function that can be diagnosed by a consumer on the 5100HS, most problems require years of expertise to diagnose and fix.

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  • Voltmeter

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  1. 1

    Turn your Panasonic 5100HS off and remove any cabling connecting the camera to a recording device, monitor or audio playback device. There should be no cables connected to the camera at this point. Allow the camera to rest for 30 minutes if it has been on for more than one hour.

  2. 2

    Move the camera to a safe area where you can easily access all of the parts. A padded workbench or table covered in a sheet or towel works well. Make sure this area has easy access to power.

  3. 3

    Locate the battery pack on the camera and remove it carefully from the body of the camera.

  4. 4

    Test the silver contacts that connect to the inside of the camera on the inside of the power supply using a voltmeter. All voltmeters function slightly differently depending on the application in which they are being used, so you should check your particular owner's manual before beginning this operation to obtain a correct reading. The battery pack will need to be replaced if it has shown to be faulty during testing.

  5. 5

    Test the connection points on the inside of the camera where the battery pack goes during use. This process is generally different than testing the contacts on the battery pack, so check your owner's manual for detailed instructions on how to perform this type of test. Note that you should not try to fix faulty connections on the inside of the camera unless you possess the proper experience, skills and tools to do so. Improper repair could damage the camera.

Tips and warnings

  • Never attempt to open the camera to make any type of repair while it is on. There is a serious risk of electrical shock and death. You can also damage the camera severely if you do not know what you are doing, resulting in more expensive repair service when you take the item to a professional technician.

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