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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 digital camera. Copyright © 2009, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Panasonic: New firmware locks out third party batteries
(Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 12:30 EDT)

Panasonic Japan has released updated firmware for numerous of its digital cameras which prevents the use of third-party batteries that the company says may "not meet the rigid safety standards Panasonic uses".

The firmware is available - or soon to be so - for Panasonic cameras which use three specific battery packs. According to Panasonic, third-party versions of these packs sometimes fail to include devices that are designed to protect against overcharging, overheating, and short-circuiting. The firmware doesn't specifically detect batteries that lack these features, but instead disables all third-party battery packs altogether, including those which include the safety features. Once the firmware has been applied, it is only possible to use genuine Panasonic-branded batteries with the cameras in question.

The battery pack models for which firmware updates are being released are the DMW-BCF10, DMW-BCG10 and DMW-BLB13. Cameras with update firmware are as follows:

  • DMC-BCF10 battery pack:

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 / FX48

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX550 / FX580

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / TS1

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS4

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS6

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS8

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS62

  • DMW-BCG10 battery pack:

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 / ZS3

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 / ZS1

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ65

  • DMW-BLB13 battery pack:

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

The new firmware is available currently for all of these cameras, with the exception of the DMC-G1 and DMC-GH1. Firmware for the two Micro Four Thirds cameras is said to be coming soon. For more details, read Panasonic's website

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