How to connect to a PC - LUMIX cameras (2023)

You can transfer photos from the camera to a PC by connecting the camera and the PC.

Lumix cameras can be connected to any PC capable of recognizing a mass storage device.

Transfer images to a PC

Using a USB connection

  • Connect the computer and the camera with the USB connection cable (supplied).
    • Turn on your Lumix camera and PC before connecting.
    • Check the directions of the connectors and connect them directly or disconnect them directly. (Otherwise, the connectors may be bent and deformed, which may cause a malfunction.)
    • Do not use any other USB connection cable except the supplied one or a genuine Panasonic USB connection cable (DMW-USBC1).
  • Press [▼ / ▲] to select [personal computer] and then press [MENU/SETUP].
    • DMC-FH22, DMC-FH27, DMC-FP5, DMC-FP7, DMC-FX700:
      • A unit ([LUMIX]) is displayed in [Computer]
    • DMC-FH2, DMC-FH22, DMC-FH25, DMC-FH5, DMC-FP5, DMC-FP7, DMC-FX700:
      • A unit ([removable disc]) is displayed in [My computer]
  • Drag and drop files and folders from the camera to the PC.
    • DMC-FH4, DMC-FH6
      • To use "FOTOFUNSTUDIO" to copy photos to your computer. For details on how to use, seeFOTOFUNSTUDIOmanual.
      • When the image transfer is complete, safely disconnect the USB connection cable.


  • If the remaining battery power is low while the camera and PC are communicating, the alarm will sound. Disconnect the USB connection cable safely. Otherwise, the data may be destroyed.
  • Before inserting or removing a card, turn off the camera and disconnect the USB connection cable. Otherwise, the data may be destroyed.

Transfer over Wi-Fi

Press [Menu] → [to configure] → [Wifi] → [wifi function] → [new connection] → [Send images while recording] / [Send images stored in the camera] → [personal computer]

  1. Select [via network] o [straight] to connect.
  2. Enter the name of the computer you want to connect to.
    • For Mac, enter the NetBIOS name
  3. Select the folder you want to send to.
  4. Check the send settings and select [Define]
    • To change the shipping settings, press the View button.
  5. Take a photo using [Send images while recording].
  6. Select the image use [Send images stored in the camera].


  • Folders sorted by upload date are created in the specified folder, and images are saved in these folders.
  • If the screen to enter a user account and password appears, enter the one you have set up on your PC.
  • If the computer name contains spaces etc., the name may not be recognized correctly. If you are unable to connect, we recommend that you change your computer name to a combination of 15 or fewer alphanumeric characters.
    • For Mac, NetBIOS name.
  • If the operating system or security software enable a firewall, your camera may not be able to connect to your computer.
  • When Bluetooth auto transfer is on, the Wi-Fi function is disabled.

Using an SD card

The camera is a "plug and play" USB product. When the camera is connected to the computer via USB, it is recognized as a drive and can be accessed via “My computer”. By double clicking on “My computer", you will see a list of all the drives located on your computer [31⁄2 floppy disk (A), local disk (C), etc.].

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If the camera is successfully connected, you will see a "removable disc", which is the camera driver.

To find your images

  1. Double click "removable disc" and you will see a file folder called "DCIM".
  2. Double click "DCIM" and you will see a folder called "100 up" or similar as it varies depending on the camera.
  3. Double click "100 upThe camera folder and images should be listed.

To save your images

  1. press "CTRL+A" or using the file menu, select "EDIT-SELECT ALL".
  2. Select "CTRL+C" o "EDIT-COPY".
  3. Using Windows Explorer (WINDOWS KEY + E), select the folder on your hard drive where you want to save the images. You can create a new folder before copying or use the Windows default "My pictures" folder. When you are in the folder where you want to save your images, press "CTRL+V" or using the file menu, select "EDIT-PICK".

At this point you should see the images copied or being copied to the assigned folder.

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Image Transfer to Mac

The supplied software (PHOTOfunSTUDIO) is not compatible with Mac.
  1. Connect the camera to the Mac via USB by selecting PC in the camera connection options. The camera will be installed using built-in drivers on your Mac and will appear on your desktop.
  2. iPhoto should start automatically when your camera is connected to your Mac and give you the option to import your Motion JPEG photos and videos. We recommend using OSX 10.4 onwards and iPhoto 08 onwards.
  3. To download your AVCHD video, if this option is available on your camera, you'll need to use Apple's iMovie. iMovie will not open automatically.
  4. You will need to open iMovie and click the Import button on the left side of the software.

For more help with Mac apps, see the Apple website, contact your Mac by phone, or visit your nearest Mac store.

Watch the video below to learn how to transfer photos from your Lumix camera to a MAC

Playback on PC (PHOTOfunSTUDIO)

  1. To install the supplied software (PHOTOfunSTUDIO), first close all running applications.
  2. Check the operating environment of PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.0 or 9.0 LE (the version of the supplied software varies depending on the model).
    • See the operating instructions of "PHOTOfunSTUDIO" for details on the operating environment.
  3. Insert the supplied software CD-ROM. The installation menu will open.
  4. Click no [forms] in the installation menu.
  5. Click on [recommended installation]. Proceed with the installation according to the messages that appear on the screen.
    • The software compatible with your PC will be installed.
    • PHOTOfunSTUDIO is not compatible with a Mac (Apple) computer.

To create a folder that receives images

When using PHOTOfunSTUDIO

  1. Instalar o PHOTOfunSTUDIO sin PC.
    • Visit this site to download the latest software if you are installing PHOTOfunSTUDIO for the first time.
    • Please visit this website to download the latest software update program for PHOTOfunSTUDIO 10.0 AE users.
  2. Create a folder that receives images with PHOTOfunSTUDIO.
  • Some PCs can read directly from the card removed from the camera. For more information, see the operating instructions for your PC.
  • If the computer you are using is not compatible with SDXC memory cards, a message may appear asking you to format them. (If you do, the recorded images will be erased, so don't choose to format.) If the card is not recognized,see the support site.

Observation:Software for playing or editing images is not provided with the DMC-ZS45.

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Alternative editing software for PC

  • For still images:Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer/Windows Photo Gallery/Windows Live Photo Gallery (servicio en línea)
  • For movies:QuickTime/iTunes, powered by Apple
    • Software compatible with the MP4 format is required.


  • The above software information is current as of January 2015. Software specifications are subject to change without notice and do not guarantee that the software will continue to function in the future.
  • If the software is not installed on your computer, download it from the software provider's website.
  • For information on how to use the software, contact the software provider.

Editing Software for Mac

  • For still images:iPhoto, powered by Apple
  • For movies:QuickTime/iTunes, iMovie, powered by Apple
    • Software compatible with the MP4 format is required.

About the camera folder structure

The content (folder structure) of the card/internal memory of the camera is displayed on a PC as follows:

folder structure
  • [DCIM]
    • [100_UP]
      • [P1000001.JPG]
      • [P1000002.JPG]
      • [P1000003.JPG] ----[P1000999.JPG]
    • [101_PANA]
    • [102_PANA] ---- [999-UP]
      • A new folder is created when a card containing a folder with the same folder number is inserted (such as when taking pictures with another camera manufacturer).
      • A new folder is created when there is an image with a file name/number ending in 999 inside the folder.
  • [PRIVATE]*
    • Cannot create in internal memory.

Cannot install camera software driver

The message you may be getting is for Windows logo testing, which only indicates that Microsoft has not tested this software for compatibility. Panasonic has thoroughly tested this software and confirms that it is compatible with Windows XP. Just click [go on anyway] and continue with the installation of the driver software.

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  • It is not necessary to install the USB driver from the provided disk unless you are using Windows® 98 or Windows® 98SE. If you are using Windows® ME, 2000, XP, VISTA or Windows 7 or 8, there is no need to install the USB driver as these operating systems have pre-installed Lumix camera software drivers.
  • As soon as you connect the camera to your PC via the USB cable, the PC should recognize that you have a camera connected. Make sure the camera is on"reproduction" before connecting the USB cable to the PC. If the camera has a USB mode setting, make sure it is in USB mode and not Pictbridge.
  • The camera is a USB Plug and Play product. When the camera is connected to the computer via USB, it is recognized as a drive and can be accessed via "My computer". By double-clicking on "My computer", you will see a list of all drives located on your computer, such as floppy disk 3½ (A), local disk (C), etc. If the camera is connected correctly, you will see "removable disc" which is the camera driver.
  • Double click "removable disc" and you will see a file folder called "DCIM".double click"DCIM" and you will see a folder called "100 up" or similar. This may vary depending on the camera. Double-click "100 upThe camera folder and images should be listed.

Troubleshooting Steps

  • If you are using USB connections on the front of a desktop system, try using a USB port on the back.
  • If you are using an external USB HUB or multi adapter, try disconnecting the external HUB and connecting the camera directly to the computer system.
  • If you are using the USB connections on the back of your computer and the camera is not already installed, you will need to verify that the camera appears in device manager. It may appear under Other devices or Unknown devices with an exclamation point.
  • One way to confirm that the camera or cable is not faulty is to try connecting the camera to another computer system.
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Why won't my Lumix camera connect to my computer? ›

Please ensure that the camera is in "Playback" mode before you connect the USB cable to the PC. If the camera has a USB mode setting, ensure it is set to USB mode and not Pictbridge. The camera is a Plug and Play USB product.

How do I connect my Lumix camera to my computer wirelessly? ›

Setup the Camera Wifi

On your camera, go to the Menu and go into the Wrench Menu (it's got an icon that looks like a wrench). Choose the Wi-Fi menu (if you don't see a wifi menu, then your camera can't do wireless tethering). Choose Wi-Fi Function then New Connection.

Why is my PC not recognizing my camera? ›

Check your settings

To let your device access the camera, select Start , then select Settings > Privacy > Camera . In Allow access to the camera on this device, if Camera access for this device is turned off, select Change and turn on Camera access for this device.

Can I connect my camera directly to my PC? ›

Connecting your camera to a PC is a surefire way to get your photos transferred into your computer, and it's quite a quick process! In order to connect your camera to your PC, you'll need to attach the camera's USB cable to both your camera and the PC at the same time while both machines are on.

How do I connect my camera to my PC? ›

How to install a webcam
  1. Turn on your computer and make sure the operating system is loaded.
  2. Most webcams have a USB cable connected to them. Plug the USB cable into an available USB port on your computer. ...
  3. Newer operating systems, like Windows 8 and Windows 10, should recognize the webcam as connected.
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When I plug my camera into my computer nothing happens? ›

Make sure the USB or USB-C cable is properly connected to your camera and the computer. If your computer has another USB port, try plugging the cable into it. Check your camera to make sure it's turned on and set to the correct mode for importing photos. See the instructions provided with your camera.

Why is it showing can't connect to camera? ›

You may need to turn your device off an on again several times until your camera starts working again. If you can't connect to the camera please make sure to close other apps then check if this fixes your problem. If not, you can restart your device.

How do I connect my Panasonic Lumix camera? ›

Launch the Panasonic Image app on your Android mobile device. Tap on Wi-Fi on the mobile device. Look for the same Wi-Fi network that is showing on the camera screen in the network list showing on the mobile device screen and tap on it. Accept the connection request on the camera by tapping on Yes.

Does Panasonic Lumix camera have Bluetooth? ›

Connecting to a Paired Camera

1On the smartphone, start up “LUMIX Sync”. [Bluetooth Setup]. 3Enable [Bluetooth]. 4Tap the device name of the camera from items in [Camera registered].

Why is my USB device not recognized? ›

This issue can be caused if any of the following situations exist: The currently loaded USB driver has become unstable or corrupt. Your PC requires an update for issues that may conflict with a USB external hard drive and Windows. Windows may be missing other important updates hardware or software issues.

How do I get my USB camera to work on Windows 10? ›

Untie the USB cable, plug the cable into your computer, and balance the camera on your monitor. This is a plug-and-play device. After plugging in your camera, Windows 10 will have a pop-up that says “Setting up a device”. After that, a pop-up will say that the device is installed and configured.

How do I use my USB camera on my PC? ›

How do I connect a webcam to a laptop via USB?
  1. Connect the webcam to your laptop. ...
  2. Install the webcam's software (if necessary). ...
  3. Wait for the setup page to open for your webcam. ...
  4. Follow any instructions on the screen.
  5. Press the Install button, then select your preferences and settings for the webcam.
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Can I connect camera to PC with HDMI? ›

Insert the HDMI cable into your camera and connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI to USB video capture device. Connect the video capture device to a USB port on your computer.

Can I connect my phone and use camera in my PC by USB cable? ›

For example, if you use Skype, go to Settings > Audio & Video > Select camera source. Connect your phone to your Windows laptop or PC with the USB cable. Go to your phone's Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB debugging. If you see a dialog box asking for 'Allow USB Debugging', click on OK.

How do I find my camera IP address? ›

The easiest way to find the security camera IP address is to check the Network page on the CCTV camera software (mobile app or PC client). The network page will display all the IP address information of your camera.

Which port is used to connect a digital camera to a computer? ›

Devices that can be connected to the USB port include the mouse, keyboard, digital camera, USB flash drive, scanner etc. There are several versions of the USB port. You can also charge various devices by connecting them to the computer through the USB port.

How do I get my computer to recognize a USB device? ›

Windows cannot detect my new USB device. What do I do?
  1. Open Device Manager and then disconnect the USB device from your computer. Wait a few moments and then reconnect the device. ...
  2. Connect the USB device to another USB port.
  3. Connect the USB device to another computer.
  4. Update the USB device drivers.

Why is my camera on PC showing a black screen? ›

Leave your webcam plugged in, but disconnect other USB peripherals. If the camera still doesn't work, try plugging it into a different USB port and giving it another shot. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. If you open your webcam in Safe Mode and it still displays a black screen, try updating its drivers.

How do I know if my camera is connected to my computer? ›

How do I know if I have a camera on my computer? Go to Device Manager and look for Imaging Devices. If you have a webcam, it should be listed there.

How do I enable camera access? ›

Change a site's camera & microphone permissions
  1. On your Android device, open the Chrome app .
  2. To the right of the address bar, tap More. Settings.
  3. Tap Site Settings.
  4. Tap Microphone or Camera.
  5. Tap to turn the microphone or camera on or off.

How do I transfer photos from my Panasonic Lumix? ›

Transferring images from the camera to the smartphone
  1. 1Select the method for sending the images on the camera. ...
  2. 2Set the destination to [Smartphone].
  3. 3Connect the camera to a smartphone by Wi-Fi. ...
  4. 4On the smartphone, start up “LUMIX Sync”.
  5. 5Select the destination smartphone on the camera.

How do I connect my Panasonic Lumix camera to HDMI? ›

- Lumix Cameras - Panasonic North America.
Connecting to the TV
  1. Connect the camera to your TV using an HDMI micro cable / AV cable. Check the direction of the terminals and plug in/out straight holding onto the plug. ...
  2. Turn on the TV and select the input to match the connector in use.
  3. Turn the camera on and then press [ ].

How do I transfer videos from my Panasonic camera to my computer? ›

Transferring Video to Computer

To retrieve your data off the Panasonic Camera you have two ways. You can either take the SD card out and plug it straight into your computer or you can plug in the micro USB to USB cable for data transfer between the camera and your computer.

How do I connect my Panasonic Lumix? ›

(For Android devices) Allow turning on the Bluetooth function. (For iOS devices) Follow the message to turn on the Bluetooth function in the settings screen of the smartphone and then display “LUMIX Sync”.

How do I connect my camera to my computer wirelessly? ›

Connect a Wireless/WiFi Camera to Computer via Router (with Internet)
  1. Get your WiFi security camera charged. Use the power adapter to get the camera plugged-in and charged.
  2. Use the network cable to connect to the camera and the router. ...
  3. Watch the IP camera on PC/Mac. ...
  4. Set up WiFi settings and remove the network cable.

How do I pair my Lumix? ›

Press the Menu button on the camera and go to the Bluetooth Menu. Select Set and then Pairing and check the camera's Device Name. The Device Name should now be displayed in the app, underneath the 'Cameras detected' heading. Select it to start the Bluetooth connection.

Does Lumix have an app? ›

LUMIX Sync is an app for Android/iOS devices to operate Panasonic digital cameras via wireless control. This app allows remote shooting of the camera and view/save images stored in the camera to the smartphone. Easily connect to Wi-Fi using a QR code.

Can you connect cameras without WiFi? ›

You don't need to hook your security camera up to WiFi in order to monitor your home. Many companies are now making non-WiFi security cameras that don't require a connection. Here's what to keep in mind when shopping for the best WiFi-free security camera for you.

How do I transfer videos from my Lumix camera to my computer? ›

Transferring Video to Computer

To retrieve your data off the Panasonic Camera you have two ways. You can either take the SD card out and plug it straight into your computer or you can plug in the micro USB to USB cable for data transfer between the camera and your computer.

Where is QR code on Lumix? ›

QR code is displayed on the LCD monitor of the video camera.

How do I connect my Bluetooth to my camera? ›

Enable Bluetooth in the Android Settings app.
  1. Tap the app Settings icon.
  2. Tap Bluetooth in the Settings app.
  3. Enable Bluetooth.
  4. Select PAIRING REGISTRATION in the camera menus. See the camera manual for more information on menus.
  5. Launch FUJIFILM Camera Remote.
  6. This example uses the X-H1.
  7. Tap Add.
  8. Tap Proceed.


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