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Lumix Service Manuals

Panasonic makes operating instructions and user guides for its cameras freely available as pdf-downloads at panasonic.com. Yet, beyond these user manuals the company also publishes separate Service and Repair Guides that are intended for use by support and maintenance personnel. These booklets provide detailed information on the different components of the camera, such as parts lists and block diagrams. So, if you are interested in the inner workings of your Lumix or want to dissemble and repair your camera, these guide books are essential reading.

Service Guide
Cover of the GH3 Service Manual[panasonic.com]

Moreover, the Service Manuals provide instructions on how to access some hidden information on camera performance and operating errors. One can, for example, put the camera into service mode to see a list of error codes that reveal to the technician where the camera might have malfunctioned in the past, and the Service Manuals decode those entries. Even more relevant perhaps, the user can obtain the shutter count, the number of times the camera has turned on, and the number of instances that the flash has fired by navigating to the respective menus. The procedures to access this information differ slightly across cameras, as their button layout and labeling varies (see the respective pages for the Lumix G-series, LX-series, and FZ-series for details). Exploring the service menus does generally not pose a risk to the camera's functioning, but care should be taken not to push a wrong combination of buttons that might put the camera into permanent (instead of temporal) service mode.

LX 100
Lumix LX100 dissembled[ifixit.com]

Panasonic's Service Manuals can sometimes be found for sale on amazon (click here for latest offers) or ebay (click here to check current listings), or procured from online vendors, such as tradebit.com. Moreover, some photo sites, such as the French ambroise-charron.com, have made a number of Service and Repair Guides available for download. Also, the Hungarian site elektrotanya.com offers downloadable Service Manuals to enable and encourage owners to repair their devices and thereby to reduce electronic waste. The listings below relay and mirror the links to the pdf-versions of the manuals. Please send me a note if you find Service Manuals for other Panasonic cameras on the web, so that we can add them to the list.

Panasonic Lumix G Series (Micro Four Thirds)
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Panasonic G1 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic G2 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic G3 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic G5 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic G6 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic G7 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic G10 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic GF1 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic GF3 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic GF5 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic GF6 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic GF7 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic GF8 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic GH1 Service Manualambroise-charron.comebaypdf
Panasonic GH2 Service Manualambroise-charron.comebaypdf
Panasonic GH3 Service Manualambroise-charron.comebaypdf
Panasonic GH4 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic GM1 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic GM5 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit availability
Panasonic GX1 Service Manualambroise-charron.comebaypdf
Panasonic GX7 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic GX8 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic GX80 / GX85 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaypdf
Panasonic Lumix L-Series (Four Thirds)
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Panasonic L1 (Leica Digilux 3) Service Manualonlinehome.usebaypdf
Panasonic L10 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic Lumix FZ Series
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Panasonic FZ1 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ3 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ5 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ7 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ10 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ18 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ28 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ35 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ40 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ50 (Leica V-Lux 1) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ60 Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ100 (Leica V-Lux 2) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ150 (Leica V-Lux 3) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ200 (Leica V-Lux 4) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic FZ300 Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic FZ1000 (Leica V-Lux, Typ 114) Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer
Panasonic Lumix LX Series
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Panasonic LX1 (Leica D-Lux 2) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic LX2 (Leica D-Lux 3) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic LX3 (Leica D-Lux 4) Service Manualpaulocorceiro.comebaypdf
Panasonic LX5 (Leica D-Lux 5) Service Manualpaulocorceiro.comebaypdf
Panasonic LX7 (Leica D-Lux 6) Service Manualelektrotanya.comebaypdf
Panasonic LX100 (Leica D-Lux, Typ 109) Service Manualpanasonic.comebaycheck Tradebit offer

Further Reading

Some of the Lumix cameras have near identical Leica siblings, such as the Digilux-3 (similar to the L1) or several of the D-Lux models (similar to the LX-series). The Panasonic Service Manuals are relevant for these Leica models also, so that, for example, the shutter count for the Digilux-3 or the D-Lux cameras can be accessed through hidden menus. Moreover, additional resources for Leica camera owners are available on the Leica downloads page.