Some common Panasonic error messages and what they mean.
This Battery Can Not Be Used.
Displayed when an incompatible battery is inserted into the camera. Panasonic has implemented programming to prevent the use of 3rd party aftermarket batteries. They claim that it is to protect the consumer. It may actually do this but this has caused some disappointment/confusion amongst consumers. You will be presented with the error “This battery cannot be used” in many cases the latest firmware updates will install this “feature” if it isn’t already present. This has been seen in several Lumix models.
Please Turn Camera Off And Then On Again.
This error message most likely occurs when one of the parts of the camera’s hardware is malfunctioning. It is often caused by a jammed lens housing. If complying with the request fails to fix the error try resetting the camera by removing the battery and memory card from the camera for at least 10 minutes.
This Picture Is Protected.
The photo you’ve selected has been protected from deletion. You can usually change this via the camera menu.
Built In Memory Error.
The internal memory area of the camera is either full or corrupted. Try downloading/removing photos from the internal memory. If the error message continues to appear, you may need to format the internal memory.
No Valid Picture.
Most of the time, you’ll find this error message when you try to play back images from the memory card. The memory card is either corrupted, empty, broken, or has been formatted incorrectly. You can try to fix this by reformatting the memory card using the camera. Formatting a memory card causes all photos stored on it to be deleted so try downloading any photos stored on the card to your computer before doing so.
No Additional Selections Can Be Made.
You have reached the limit of items able to be selected for a particular function. If the camera allows you to “save” photos in categories such as “favorites” you may see this error. The camera has a limited number of photos that can be labeled. You cannot label another photo until you remove the label from one or more photos. This error can also occur if you’re trying to delete more than 999 photos at one time.
Memory Card Locked or other Memory Card error messages.
Check the write protect switch on the side of the card is not enabled. If the error message persists, it’s possible the memory card is corrupted and needs to be formatted. Formatting the card will erase any photos stored on it. It’s also possible the memory card was formatted using another device that is not compatible with Panasonic’s file structure. Format the card with your Panasonic camera. Check your user manual to ensure the the brand of memory card you are using is compatible and that the rated speed of the card is adequate. Ensure the memory card is seated correctly. Additionally, the memory card could be malfunctioning.