Mar 262017

Today we have to report on more Panasonic Lumix camera problems. I have two Panasonic Lumix cameras; a DMC-LX5 and a DMC-LX7.

Panasonic Lumix camera failures. LX5 has faulty control wheel, LX7 has OIS system failure

The cameras are well taken care of, never dropped, handled roughly or been exposed to rain or snow. Both have now failed with less than two years of use. Keep in mind, these are not cheap cameras. They cost about $350 USD each when purchased. The LX5 lasted a couple years before the rear control wheel that changes shutter speed and aperture stopped working. The camera is now limited to operation in “Intelligent Auto” mode, something any cell phone or $100 camera can do.

Panasonic Lumix LX5 failed control wheel

Since repair quotes from Panasonic cost 2/3 the price of the camera, and thinking I was just unlucky and Leica has always meant “quality” to me, I bought a Lumix LX7 to replace it. After about two years, about the same as with the LX5, the LX7 started showing “System Error OIS” messages and the camera can no longer be used.

Panasonic Lumix System Error OIS

Both the LX5 and LX7 Lumix cameras failed at about the same age; two years. Both problems, the LX5 control wheel and the LX7 OIS System Error(the OIS is image stabilization) are hardware issues; either low quality parts or poor craftsmanship. Panasonic Customer Service is not known for it’s excellent customer support and it certainly is not cheap, especially since they are replacing poor quality original parts with other poor quality parts, this time with no warranty, looks like these two Panasonic Lumix cameras will be headed to the landfill because of $10 worth of mass produced electronic parts.

Information about Panasonic factory repair. The repair estimate for each camera is $232. The cameras cost $350 new. The Panasonic Support online chat does not work, there is no email address and each telephone call regarding repairs is $9. That is piss poor customer support.

What about all the five star reviews for Panasonic cameras on the internet? If Panasonic gave me a free camera and wrote a review after using it for a few weeks, I’d give it five stars, too. How about a review of a Panasonic camera that cost $350 of your own money and only lasted two years? That would be about one star. Maybe a half a star. Needless to say, this will be the end of the Panasonic products for me.

Like all the product reviews here at, we pay for all this stuff with our own hard-earned money. I burned $700 on poor quality, big name cameras. Think about that if are planning to purchase a Panasonic camera.

  4 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix Cameras Fail”

  1. My panasonic DMC-LX7 shutter frequently fails. I’ve given up using the “Intelligent Auto” and am considering giving up the camera completely as the shutter fails in other modes as well. I keep hoping I’m at fault as the camera is just over a year old but I’m sure that isn’t the case, alas.

  2. Rear control wheel is an impulse encoder an can be little bit repaired by simple opening (as much as possible) and cleaning with an alcohol (isopropanol or ethanol). The another problem with OIS happens also in LX 5, but the software is not so aggresive as in LX7 do. So, the camera LX5 with the same problem OIS is able working, but the image is not sharp at all. Especially middle part is sharp and edge is not sharp. As the result, automatic focus is not working until you will switch to macro. Image stabilizer looks like source of problems.

  3. You seem to know your cameras. Panasonic makes nice cameras but much too fragile and unreliable for the price. I solved the problem by giving the camera to my friend’s teenage photo student. She doesn’t know anything about “RAW”, although now she will probably learn.

    Thanks for your camera problem tips.

  4. My Lumix LX5 also failed after 2 years. I had it repaired at nearly half the cost of it new, and now, after 5 years it has failed again – System(focus). Knowing it is not just me (and I too have been very careful with my camera) may help get some joy from the retailer as in NZ we have a Consumer Guarantee Act that overrides the limited warranties companies offer. Thanks.

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