Lumix G instruction manuals

Last updated 19 June 2019

Lumix G cameras are very similar in operation and you can use the following manuals as a good starting point for other models.

I’ve recently upgraded to the Lumix G80 (G85), and have added a manual for that camera.

I’ve taken the opportunity to change my approach to using the camera and to custom modes. Rather than having a custom mode for each sensible combination of AF mode and metering mode, I’ve moved to having 3 custom modes for ‘stationary’ subjects that all use FACE DETECTION AF mode and MULTI metering mode.

  • If a face is not detected the camera uses 49-AREA AF mode.
  • Pressing FOCUS AREA SET switches to 1-AREA AF mode with a form of spot metering. You can move and size the AF frame.

I find the ability to switch from FACE DETECTION AF mode to 1-AREA AF mode by pressing a single button really useful.

I’ve updated all the camera manuals to Edition 4, adopting the above approach:

The manuals for the four cameras are very similar. I believe that I’ve captured the differences between them carefully, but the differences can be subtle. Let me know if I’ve missed something and there are any errors.

I’ve removed earlier editions of the manuals from this page. If anyone preferred the approach in those manuals then please comment below, letting me know why.

Other comments welcome.

I’ve enabled comments for this page again. I will disable them if I have problems with spam. You can also contact me as directed on the home page if you wish.

4 Responses to Lumix G instruction manuals

  1. Henk Schell says:

    Thank you very much, this is really helpful.

  2. Sue says:

    Brilliant! Thank you

  3. Carl says:

    These are very impressive. I know it’s late in the day, but might you consider doing a similar publication for the G9 including the latest Nov ’19 Ver. 2.0 firmware upgrade?
    I’m lurching from site to site and article to article trying to learn my month-old G9, unavoidably therefore in small chunks, although I DO refer to the nearly 400 page manual, which I’ve even printed!
    I’ve developed an interest in video, for which my Nikon D800 does not excel, and am swamped in codecs, 4k’s, frame rates, etc.
    Any consolidated info is welcome and Youtube has a lot of info though I find the printed page is handier when outside and needing on-the-spot tech support!
    All the best, and keep up the good work!

    • Clive says:


      Thanks for the compliment. I write a version for each camera I own, so I guess the G90 is likely to be next, unless I skip a generation. The G9 is tempting, but I use micro four thirds for its compact size and the G9 is as large as a Canon RP full-frame camera body. I could produce a version of the manual for the G9 based on the manual alone. Would you be willing to check it is correct against your camera?

      With regard to video, I don’t use it a lot. I am doing more and may write a video manual if I ever reach the stage where I think my advice is sufficiently competent!


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