Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

It arrived this morning! I ordered a DMC-Z5 from last week and DHL delivered it this morning. Unfortunately, the manuals that came with it were in French, German, Italian and Dutch.. None of which I speak with sufficient proficiency to understand some of the finer points of this camera!

With some effort I found this page on the Panasonic website leading me to English language PDF manuals. This came as some surprise because another page said there was no online manual!

Now if only 7dayshop would get the Canon 20D sorted. Royal Mail possibly lost it but it’s the seller who’s responsible.

Later.. A small demo of the optical zoom:

I have two reasons for buying this camera:

  • I don’t want to drag thousands of Euro worth of camera into pubs where there’s lots of drinking and messing. I’m not crazy!
  • A huge number of birds visit my garden every day. It’s great to watch them closely with binoculors but if I can get in close with a camera too it’d be even better!

28 thoughts on “Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

  1. I recently purchased the DMC-FZ20 and I am thrilled with it! Isn’t the zoom terrific? I hope you have a lot of fun with your new camera. πŸ™‚

  2. Purchased the DMC-FZ5 a couple of days back and it’s just amazing! The Zoom and Image Stabilization features are awesome.

    Glad that I didn’t pay heed to what the PC Magazine had to say about the FZ5. That’s one place I’m gonna avoid from now on when I need an “unbiased” review.

  3. I had looked for online manual and also could not find one. I checked your url’s but both pointed me to no online manual for download. Can you let me know where it is?

  4. Hi, just got my Fz5 from Pixmania – no English manual. I found a link to the manual though – you have to look under model number DMCFZ5EB but it is the manual. However, Kemo, if you have the paper copy PLEASE get in touch because our printer is playing up and my husband wants to send the camera back without the manual!!!

  5. I just got my FZ5 from Pixmania yesterday. What a fun thing to play with! And best of all, you can practise your camera skills with thousands of shots and not waste anything but some electricity reloading the batteries. I got a 1GB memory card and two batteries, so I don’t need to worry about anything when shooting away… πŸ™‚
    By the way, you can find the manual in

  6. Hi!! KEMO!!!!!!!!!!! Please could You do me a favour and send me the on line manual taht You wrote You had!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve just purchased panasonic fz5 and 5 manuals in different languages are attached but no one is in English or Polish( I’m from Poland). I’m looking forward to hearing from You!!!!!! Thank’s for Your help. my e-mail is.

  7. please i want to find manual for fz5 einai greek πŸ™ anyone ? at english at least ? i have fz5 with no manual at all , where can i find it for download ? thanks guys

  8. hello all, i have a panasonic dmc-fz5 which i love! anyhow, i have joined a site called and when i submitted a photo to be printed it is telling me that the my image size is not acceptable – “Your image is 1920 x 2560 pixels, which translates to an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. it is not large enough.

    HI, I’m in the same place as some of you. No English printed manual. I NEED a printed paper owners instruction manual. How can I get one ? Anyone have one for sale ? I have a French Owner’s manual if someone needs it. Please email me:
    thanks πŸ™‚

  10. Hi,
    I bought a panasonic dmc fz50 recently. But the software bundled with it is in japanese. so can someone please help me in getting the English version softwares.
    please post the link.

    you can send mail to also..

  11. I got lumix dmc fz 20 and the driver dvd is broken. Where can I get the manual for Mac? I understand I don’t need a driver, mac shlould recognize it. I got the camera on e-bay, because i needed exactly this one and dvd got damaged during a transport.

  12. If anybody can please help me with an english manual for my Panasonic DMC-FZ5 I’d be most grateful!

  13. I have a Panasonic Lumix dmc fz20….which I love,but I do not have the software to download my pictures from my camera to my new computer…will not read SD card and do not have disc…can anyone help me please?? Thankyou:)

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