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Panasonic FZ shutter count

The Panasonic Lumix FZ series of super-zoom bridge cameras has been highly appreciated for its compact size and its Leica-branded lenses. These advanced compacts are very well built and can provide good services for a long time. Nevertheless, when buying or selling a used FZ camera, it is often useful to know the number of shutter releases the camera has performed, as this information can provide an indication on how intensively it has been used. While the cameras use a numbering system for the images they store on the memory card, this counter is not strictly sequential, as it omits large quantities of numbers after certain intervals (in particular, when a new folder is created on the card). Luckily, the true shutter count is stored inside the cameras memory and can be retrieved by accessing hidden service menus, which are mainly intended for Panasonic service personnel. This shot count represents the number of times the mechanical shutter has actuated, but does not include any images taken with the electronic shutter option that some Lumix cameras offer.

The procedure to obtain the number of actuations differs slightly between (groups of) cameras. The multiple steps to retrieve the shutter count for different FZ cameras are outlined in distinct sections below. Corresponding information for the LX and G series of Lumix cameras can be found, respectively, on the Panasonic LX shutter count and G-series actuations count pages. Some steps involve pressing several buttons simultaneously, which can be tricky, but is necessary. No problems have been reported to date from accessing the hidden menus, but care should be taken in following the individual steps in proper order. Also, kindly note that you will perform the procedures outlined below at your own risk.

Panasonic FZ1000 shutter count

The method for the FZ1000 is identical to the one for the GH3 or GH4. Hence, you can also follow the instructions in this video. – With your camera's battery well charged, perform the following steps in sequence:

  1. Insert a memory card into the card slot;
  2. Turn the camera ON and take a picture;
  3. Turn the camera OFF;
  4. Select single shot mode;
  5. Press and hold both the DISPLAY and AF/AE LOCK buttons, while turning the camera ON;
  6. Now, press and hold the AF/AE LOCK button together with the MENU/SET and LEFT ARROW buttons;
  7. Repeat the last step, that is press and hold the AF/AE LOCK button while pressing the MENU/SET and LEFT ARROW buttons. A two-page operation history display will appear;
  8. Press DISPLAY to toggle between the two information menus;
  9. Write down the number next to PWRCNT. This is how many times the camera has been powered up;
  10. Write down the number next to SHTCNT. This is the shutter activation count;
  11. Write down the number next to STBCNT. This is the number of times the flash has fired;
  12. Switch the camera off to revert back to normal operating mode.
  13. Congratulations, you have successfully retrieved the shutter actuations information!

Lumix FZ200 & FZ150 shutter count

With your camera's battery well charged, perform the following steps in sequence:

  1. Set the mode dial to P (Program AE mode);
  2. While pressing both the MOVIE and UP buttons simultaneously, turn the camera ON;
  3. Press the MOVIE, MENU/SET and LEFT buttons simultaneously;
  4. Now an Error Code Display appears;
  5. Again, press the MOVIE, MENU/SET and LEFT buttons simultaneously;
  6. Now the Operations History Display appears;
  7. Write down the number next to PWRCNT. This is how many times the camera has been powered up;
  8. Write down the number next to SHTCNT. This is the shutter activation count;
  9. Write down the number next to STBCNT. This is the number of times the flash has fired;
  10. Switch the camera off to revert back to normal operating mode.
  11. Congratulations, you have successfully retrieved the information on your camera's shutter actuations!

Panasonic FZ50 shutter count

With your camera's battery well charged, perform the following steps in sequence:

  1. Set the mode dial to P (Program AE mode);
  2. While pressing both the OIS and UP buttons simultaneously, turn the camera ON;
  3. Press the OIS, MENU and LEFT buttons simultaneously;
  4. Now an Error Code Display appears;
  5. Again, press the OIS, MENU and LEFT buttons simultaneously;
  6. Now the Operations History Display appears;
  7. Write down the number next to PWRCNT. This is how many times the camera has been powered up;
  8. Write down the number next to SHTCNT. This is the shutter activation count;
  9. Write down the number next to STBCNT. This is the number of times the flash has fired;
  10. Switch the camera off to revert back to normal operating mode.
  11. Congratulations, you have successfully retrieved the information on your camera's shutter actuations!
Lumix shutter lifespan
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Panasonic FZ28 shutter count

With your camera's battery well charged, perform the following steps in sequence:

  1. Set the mode dial to P (Program AE mode);
  2. While pressing both the FOCUS and UP buttons simultaneously, turn the camera ON;
  3. Press the FOCUS, MENU/SET and LEFT buttons simultaneously;
  4. Now an Error Code Display appears;
  5. Again, press the FOCUS, MENU/SET and LEFT buttons simultaneously;
  6. Now the Operations History Display appears;
  7. Write down the number next to PWRCNT. This is how many times the camera has been powered up;
  8. Write down the number next to SHTCNT. This is the shutter activation count;
  9. Write down the number next to STBCNT. This is the number of times the flash has fired;
  10. Switch the camera off to revert back to normal operating mode.
  11. Congratulations, you have successfully retrieved the information on your camera's shutter actuations!

Further Reading

If you are intrigued about the other displays in the service menu of your Lumix FZ, you might want to check out the Panasonic service and repair manual for your camera model. These guide books are intended for professional repair staff and are not easy to read, but they surely contain a large amount of information. Also, there is a glossary of Panasonic and Olympus terms, which might contain some useful definitions or explanations of brand-specific jargon.