Panasonic Lumix GX8 Manual to Download

Posted Sep. 5th, 2015 by Daniel J. Cox

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Manual to Download. I was trying to head out the door for the Pantanal and South Africa this morning and realized I should probably have a user manual for the new Lumix GX8. I began a frantic search across the Internet for a PDF to download and AMAZINGLY it took a dozen tries before I found anything I was able to download. This is not the first time I’ve had one hell of a time finding a Panasonic Lumix manual online. I’ve talked to my contacts at Panasonic about this and they say it will someday be fixed but for now it is not. With that in mind I’m posting a link to a GX8 downloadable PDF here on the Blog/Corkboard.

The Lumix GX8 is boasting some amazing new technology like the 6 Axis image stabilization and a new 20.3 megapixel sensor with improved dynamic range.

The Lumix GX8 is boasting some amazing new technology like the 6-axis image stabilization and a new 20.3-megapixel sensor with improved dynamic range.

It’s hard to believe something that should be so easy can be so difficult. Why they don’t simplify this process I have no idea. The good news is the GX8 is much easier to use than downloading the manual. I’ve been using the camera without even looking at any kind of manual. Hope this link eliminates the frustration for you that I experienced.

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  1. EvleenOn Jul. 26th, 2017

    The GX8 is a powerhouse feature-wise and I’ve been SO frustrated for lack of answers to myriad questions I have about its inner-workings. Thank God you’re there to come to our rescue, Daniel!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 26th, 2017

      Eveleen, that’s awfully kind. Let me know if you have questions.

  2. AliceOn Jun. 23rd, 2017

    And a manual that has font large enough to read would be helpful Printing pages out from the .pdf is easy, but I still can’t figure out how to enlarge it so that I can read it easily – taking glasses on and off in the field is not happiness.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 24th, 2017

      Great question for Apple Alice. Not sure yo have Apple Care for your iPad but even if you don’t my experience is if you call them they will help. Their Toll Free number is 1 (800) 275-2273

  3. NerridaOn May. 18th, 2017

    I purchased a GX8 in Europe (just today!) and was sad to discover the camera comes with only German, French, Italian and Dutch language manuals. No English. Thanks for posting the English version, Daniel! I’m also glad to have discovered your blog. 🙂

    • RikkeOn Jul. 13th, 2017

      What, you didn’t get an English manual? I bought mine two days ago and I got the manual in English. That’s weird!

  4. Anita FaulknerOn Mar. 7th, 2017

    It has been over twenty years since I had a good camera and I am a bit overwhelmed with the menus, even after going through the manual. I think I need a DMX-GX8 Instructions for Dummies book.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 8th, 2017

      Anita, I agree the menus can be daunting but hang in there and you’ll get them eventually. One of the best ways to learn your camera is to find someone that teaches workshops or leads tours that uses the same cameras as you do. Time spent one on one is invaluable for learning the ins and outs of your particular system. If you have specific questions don’t hesitate to stop by the Blog and ask away. I’m happy to help anyway I can.

  5. Marjolein KatsmaOn Jan. 7th, 2017

    Thank you so much for this! After working for years with the G1 (which I got just months after it came out), I got the GX8 last year. Being in Europe, it was accompanied by a stack of paper in all sorts of (but not all) European languages – *except* English.

    While I’m Dutch, and there was actually a Dutch version of the manual, I found it hard going: I tend to think in English about technical stuff (computers, too) and was ‘translating backwards’ in my head when trying to read the Dutch version. So I went searching, and came up empty. Panasonic do not seem to realise English is widely spoken in Europe, it’s not as though it’s limited to a few islands off the North Sea. 😉

    Well, today I tried to search once more and stumbled on your download. I’m very happy now! 🙂
    (Now all I need is spare batteries…)

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jan. 19th, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by to add your thoughts Marjolein.

  6. Joy HudsonOn Oct. 23rd, 2016

    I, too, am tearing my hair out trying to find a usable manual! I am a new GX8 owner and need all the help I can get! Cheers for you! Many thanks.

    • Tim BartleyOn Oct. 25th, 2016

      Try this link:

  7. Derek KaneOn Mar. 23rd, 2016

    Hi Daniel,
    Just received my GX8 and your download for the manual is great.
    The GX8is certainly a big improvement on my G1 ( which I still use on occasion)
    Keep up the good work
    Many thanks

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    Ken LongleyOn Dec. 24th, 2015

    Dan. I got the Olympus 40-150 and also the Olympus .12-40 Since they are both weather sealed and constant f2.8 I don’t need much else However I may pick up a 1.4 x teleconverter as well.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 24th, 2015

      Ken, I can’t imagine a guy who loves the birds like you do not having the 1.4X teleconverter. It is a spectacular piece of glass. I virtually never take it off the 40-150mm F/2.8. Gives me 420mm at F/4. Very nice range and sharp, sharp, sharp!

  9. Anita GlocknerOn Dec. 21st, 2015

    So glad I found the manual! I am getting the GX8 for Christmas, with the Panasonic H-HS35100 35-100 lens and wanted to get acquainted with it (yet still leave it wrapped and under the tree!) I am just an advanced amateur who was looking for a lightweight camera I could grow with. Previously owned the Panasonic Limix DMC-FZ18 and still have the Lumix DMC-FZ150. Love the Panasonic brand and decided to stay with it for my upgrade. Size and weight was a major factor for me. First time I will be using mft. Must also learn to work with RAW. Thanks again. –Anita G.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 21st, 2015

      Have fun Anita and stop back with any further questions. Will always try to help.

    • Anita GlocknerOn Dec. 22nd, 2015

      Thank you, Daniel… yes, I do have a question right off the bat: Formatting the Memory Card. With my previous Panasonic Lumix all-in-ones (see original post thread) I never did this, but subsequent follow-up reading since finding this in the manual, indicates yes… this is VERY important. Perhaps this is a question the pros take for granted, but I got to thinking, what’s the point of having a wonderful camera if you don’t start out with a properly prepared card to capture the images? If I format an old, unformatted card in the new camera, will it be “like new” again and good to go? Or should I start with a fresh card and format as instructed?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 22nd, 2015

      Anita, I actually Format each and every card I put in the camera. This helps prepare the card for a fresh start you might say. And yes, if you format an old card it’s a new start for that card. Formatting your cards is a very necessary procedure to keep your cards in tip top shape which helps with keeping your photos safe as well.

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    Ken LongleyOn Dec. 16th, 2015

    Took the Lumix to Namibia as my “backup”. Smashed my D810 and 300mm 2.8 in an accident on the fifth day so had to go to the Lumix. I didn’t have the manual with me and so it was a challenge to figure out in a crisis, but I did and I am happy to say that I really like it. I was able to do some side by side shooting before I destroyed the D810, and I agree with Dan that it compares quite favorably. The Lumix seems to have a much richer dynamic range. I always favored the Lumix for the sunrise shots in the dunes in to my Nikon. Love the two lenses I got for it and am going to get a shorter one for landscapes. For the price, it is a great addition to the quiver. Happily the D810 and 300mm were repaired and are back home with me.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 16th, 2015

      Good to hear from you Ken. This is the way it starts. A test Lumix to begin with and once you see how well these cameras perform it becomes a rolling snowball. At least that’s what happened to me. Which two lenses did you get for it? I’m loving the Olympus 40-150mm with the 1.4X teleconverter. Waiting patiently for the new Leica/Lumix 100-400mm zoom. That lens will most likely be the last nail in camera bag for my Nikon gear. Thanks for sharing your experience in Namibia.

  11. Ken SochaOn Oct. 9th, 2015

    The GX 8 has a “one color” feature. This was very easy and fun with the G-5. For the life of me I can’t figure out how to make this work on the G8. The manual and the on-line manual are no help whatsoever.


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 10th, 2015

      Ken, are you talking about the ability to select on cold in the camera and there rest of the image shows up as black and white. If you can elaborate a bit more I’ll try to help track this feature down.

  12. Thomas WiewandtOn Sep. 16th, 2015

    Panasonic seems to suffer from shortcomings on the customer service side. Try calling for tech support. I ended up speaking with a guy in Jamaica who was unable to answer my questions.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 16th, 2015

      thats disappointing Tom. Sorry to hear that. Lumix is a very young brand and I’m confident things will get better. Would love to help you if I can. Drop your questions here in this Blog post and I’ll do my best.

  13. janmaasoOn Sep. 10th, 2015

    Thanks for the link! Received the GX8 yesterday and am flabbergasted that the user manual would be more closely guarded than government emails, by the looks of it.

    In any event, love the camera. This sure is a keeper, I am really connecting with it in an intimate way (true love?).


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 10th, 2015

      Jan, yes I’m surprised at how difficult it is to get ahold of the maul myself. This I’m told is not unusual. I have a friend with the new Sony A7rll and he says he could not find a manual anywhere online either. I now have my web team working on adding all Lumix camera manual to our web sit so hopefully we will have a great place for Lumix users to come and get their manuals for no fee. Come back and visit to see if we have what you need.

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    Ken LongleyOn Sep. 8th, 2015

    Just got the GX8 myself and am spending some time with it before heading to Africa later this month. Pairing it with the Olympus 80-150 f2.8 and the Olympus 12-40 f2.8. Both are weather sealed. Less than 3 pounds for the entire kit. The online manual is “challenging” to say the least. Lumix needs some native English technical writers to go through it. Looking forward to seeing Dan’s comments.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 8th, 2015

      thanks for your input Ken. Will enjoy hearing how the camera handles for you.

  15. JoeOn Sep. 6th, 2015

    Good job. Well done.

    Big ask coming up…. Can you let us know what you think of the new GX8 as I am really keen to buy one. I would love to see some images.

    Perhaps you could join our forum and let us know.

    Many thanks

    Joe Photography

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 6th, 2015

      Joe, Im currently on the road for the next four weeks where I will be shooting the GX8 extensively in Brazil and South Africa. It will be at least four weeks before I give a report but by then I will no very well what this camera is capable of. Would love to join your forums if you add the forms info to this blog. Thanks for reaching out.

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