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Service notice for non genuine Panasonic battery packs

Panasonic releases a firmware update for a numer of their digital cameras that can identify genuine Panasonic batteries. Panasonic has developed this technology - for your protection - after it was discovered that some aftermarket 3rd party batteries did not meet the safety standards Panasonic uses. Some of these batteries are not equipped with internal protective devices to guard against overcharging, internal heating and short circuit. Note that your camera cannot be operated by 3rd party batteries any longer after this firmware update...

OVERVIEW

Firmware download page for Panasonic battery pack updatePanasonic Digital Still Cameras now include a technology that can identify a genuine Panasonic battery. For the protection of our customers Panasonic developed this technology after it was discovered that some aftermarket 3rd party batteries do not meet the rigid safety standards Panasonic uses.

Some of these aftermarket batteries are not equipped with internal protective devices to guard against overcharging, internal heating and short circuit. If these aftermarket battery packs were used, it could lead to an accident causing damage to your camera or personal injury.

Panasonic's Digital Camera firmware has been updated on this website to detect these aftermarket 3rd party batteries so such serious safety issues can be avoided.

[ Warning ]
After this firmware update your Panasonic Digital Camera cannot be operated by 3rd party batteries (non genuine Panasonic batteries).

DMC-FS15 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS25 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS4 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS42 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS6 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS62 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS7 - Firmware update available
DMC-FS8 - Firmware update available
DMC-FX40/FX48 - Firmware update available
DMC-FX550/FX580 - Firmware update available
DMC-FT1/DMC-TS1 - Firmware update available
DMC-TZ6/DMC-ZS1 - Firmware update available
DMC-TZ65 - Firmware update available
DMC-TZ7/DMC-ZS3 - Firmware update available

DMC-G1 - Coming Soon
DMC-GH1 - Coming Soon

Additional information: Firmware download page for Panasonic battery pack update
June 15, 2009
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