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Firmware version

Burl1201 (DPReview, 24 Feb 2004)...

1. There has to be a picture on the card, to be viewed.

2. Display has to be set on the LCD mode which shows information (ISO, etc)

3. Play mode on (turn wheel/dial to `Play' green arrow)

4. Hold down `Burst' button {just to the right of the `wheel' above, or just behind the shutter release button}

5. Press down `Review/Set' {the 'bottom' option of the `four way button', just to the right of the LCD display}

I was missing the 1st step. I had no picture!

My firmware version is:

VER 1.05.000D

FZ10: 0094

SUB VER 1.000.0409

11.06 10:28
To turn off the firmware version display, just press the `Burst' and `Review/Set' buttons together again.

My FZ10, which was purchased in Japan December 2003, has exactly the same version, sub-version and version date/time as above. Early Japanese models had firmware version 1.04. As of March 2004, no models have any version later than 1.05.

Not everyone is able to use the above steps to show the version number. Skugarov A (dpreview, Panasonic forum 8 March 2004) reports being unable to show the version on his DMC-FZ10GC-K (CIS version of the FZ10, firmware version 1.05). Some UK models (and perhaps all newer FZ10s?) also do not allow the firmware version to be displayed. Apparantly, Panasonic is not keen at all that users are able to access the firmware version numbers. Perhaps they are planning to disable this `feature' in the future!


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