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LUMIX® FZ100 14.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

Details
DMC-FZ100K
Features
  • Ultra Wide-Angle with Powerful Optical Zoom
  • Full HD Movie Recording
  • Venus Engine FHD
  • Black
  • Features

    Introduction

    The powerful Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ100K is one of the LUMIX line's top performers. It is obvious that the designers considered the needs of the serious photographer, as well as those less experienced users that require a sophisticated but easy to use camera.

    This camera packs a heavy-duty optical zoom and loads of creative options, including manual controls and full HD movie recording capability, into a surprisingly portable frame. The newly developed Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens effectively extends zoom range from 27mm to 25mm at the wide end. It also lengthens zoom power from 18x to 24x, for even greater versatility than its predecessors. The high-powered Leica lens has fast auto focus and advanced imaging technology; everything from lush landscapes to action shots are optimized with dynamic contrast and vivid color. The 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor gives you high image quality, even with higher ISO settings all the way up to 6400.

    The DMC-FZ100K, in its sophisticated black casing, gives you the power to express yourself through photos and videos, easily and effectively.

    Technology

    25-600mm f/2.8-5.2 Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens:

    The FZ100K is equipped with a 25-600mm f/2.8-5.2 Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens comprising 14 elements in 10 groups, with three Extra Low Dispersion lenses and two aspherical lenses with three aspherical surfaces. This advanced lens unit offers Leica quality without sacrificing the FZ100K's compact size and portability. The FZ100K delivers exceptional optical performance without distortion or color bleeding.

    The substantial 25mm ultra wide-angle lens provides more than twice the shooting area of a traditional 35mm lens and enhances nearly every shooting situation, from photographs of groups, to expansive landscapes and architectural structures.

    24x Optical Zoom:

    With 24x optical zoom, the FZ100K makes it possible to record both photos and movies in stunning detail and with great control. The 24x optical zoom draws even distant subjects in close, so taking great photos of animals, people or sporting events is easier than ever. Images are delivered with impressive clarity and natural expression. The wide-open f5.2 aperture allows for beautiful portraits with soft focus in the background, creating a lovely artistic effect that has instant impact.

    32x Intelligent Zoom / 50.6 Extra Optical Zoom:

    The newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology available on the FZ100 enables Intelligent Zoom, which extends the zoom ratio to 32x equivalent without sacrificing image quality, even when combined with digital zoom. Adding Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function strengthens the zoom power even more, to an impressive 50.6x maximum. Even the most distant subjects can be brought in close, allowing for incredibly detailed and crisp photos and video.

    14.1-megapixel MOS Sensor:

    In order to achieve full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording, the FZ100 has been outfitted with a new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor. This sensor uses micro fabrication technology to more effectively concentrate light and achieve even higher sensitivity. Color mixing and signal loss is prevented by the advanced micro light tube structure. In both stills and live action video the resulting images retain superior clarity at any sensitivity.

    Venus Engine:

    The very capable Venus Engine offers incredibly advanced signal processing capability. The processor separates chromatic noise and luminance noise and applies optimum noise reduction to each independently, allowing for clearer images, even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity. The Venus Engine also provides more precise noise reduction to chromatic noise, without compromising the edges of colors. Because the Venus Engine can process a large number of signals at a higher speed, it's possible to record consecutive still shots in high resolution and full HD movies.

    3.0-inch Free-angle LCD with 460,000-dot Resolution:

    The generous 3.0-inch LCD display screen with 460,000-dot resolution and free-angle rotation makes it quick and easy to frame dynamic shots. The bright LCD provides almost a 100% field of view, while the versatile free-angle rotation offers 180º side-to-side and 270º up and down. This makes the FZ100K capable of taking great high-angle shots when shooting over the heads of a crowd, or low-angle shots taken from ground level, and makes shooting with a tripod or camera mount significantly more convenient. The wide viewing space is also ideal for sharing image playback with other viewers, right from the camera. LUMIX's acclaimed Intelligent LCD automatically senses and adjusts screen brightness in 11 steps according to ambient conditions, while the anti-reflective coating cuts glare and improves clarity, even in bright outdoor light. The intuitive LCD screen enables flexibility and creativity in framing and capturing shots in virtually any situation or lighting conditions.

    Electronic Viewfinder:

    For users who prefer a more traditional shot framing option, the FZ100K is also equipped with a clear 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder. The EVF offers a 100% field of view with 201,600-dot equivalent and a sizable, comfortable eyepiece. Situated directly on top of the lens unit, the EVF is easy to use and offers fast, accurate image framing without drawing on the battery for power.

    Functionality

    Intelligent Auto Mode:

    Panasonic's popular Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode instantly makes anyone an accomplished photographer. Even if you've never held a digital camera before, you can take incredible, fully optimized photos using iA Mode in virtually any shooting situation. Simply set the FZ100K to iA Mode, point and shoot; the camera does all the work for you. Detection and correction functions work simultaneously to automatically adjust every image for balance, exposure, focus, motion and more. And since Intelligent Resolution is always activated in iA Mode, you get clearer photos with better quality each and every time.

    iA Mode automatically activates POWER O.I.S.; Face Recognition, Face Detection AF/AE, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure, to always deliver optimum image quality.

    Intelligent Resolution:

    You can be sure of incredible image quality thanks to the FZ100K's newly developed Intelligent Resolution technology. Powered by the Venus Engine, Intelligent Resolution detects signals at the outline of shapes, in detailed texture areas and in areas of soft gradation. It then applies just the right amount of correction to make images appear crisper and more detailed, without harsh sharpening. Signals are processed pixel by pixel for a more customized image enhancement for both photos and videos.

    High-speed Consecutive Shooting:

    Capture dynamic action sequences with the FZ100K's high-speed digital signal output technology. This camera has one of the industry's fastest burst shooting levels with 14.1-megapixel resolution and 11 frames per second with the mechanical shutter. An impressive 60 frames per second is possible in 3.5-megapixel recording mode. You can shoot high-speed movies at 220 frames per second to capture movement that you couldn't see with your naked eye. Consecutive shooting with the FZ100K isn't just fast, it is responsive too; even ¿blink-and-you'll-miss-it' photo ops won't pass you by. Use high-speed consecutive shooting to create interesting photomontages of action sequences, such as a baseball swing or a dance routine. For an interesting effect, you can also create home movies with varying speeds.

    Focus Button:

    The lens barrel on the DMC-FZ100K has a newly integrated focus switch that makes it easy to change from auto focus to AF Macro to manual focus. The switch also enables more finely tuned focusing during shooting or image playback so that you can check and review photos with greater precision. In AF operation, the switch activates the variable auto focus area; during MF operation, the switch can be used to change to one-shot AF for instant focusing. With just the touch of a button, you can have significantly more control over the focus area and strength of your pictures and movies.

    Full Manual Control:

    If you are a more experienced photographer that prefers to have manual control of your camera settings, your needs are catered for with the FZ100. If you prefer that more customized experience, the FZ100 is loaded with intuitive manual controls that let you exert more creative power over your photos and videos. A newly incorporated jog dial and the focus switch make it easy to enjoy a more expressive shooting experience, with clear on-screen icons and level guides. There are creative color and film modes to increase artistic effects and advanced technology that makes it all work seamlessly together.

    Advanced My Color Mode:

    One of Panasonic's most popular manual controls is the My Color Mode, which first gained acclaim in the LUMIX G series cameras and has been enhanced with new upgrades for the FZ100K. My Color Mode gives you total control over the look of finished images by allowing you to apply various color treatments, saturation, brightness and effects. Choose from a variety of options including Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic, Expressive, Elegant, Dynamic Art, Retro, Monochrome, Pure, Silhouette, Dynamic B&W and Custom. You will have more fun with your photos and can safely explore different effects without ruining your original images.

    Film Mode:

    Feeling nostalgic for your old-fashioned film camera? The FZ100K gives you the same creative control over ¿film¿ choice as you get from a traditional camera. Instead of choosing different films for their particular color or contrast capabilities, you can select from six color types and three monochromatic treatments; this facility can give your digital photos and movies even more expression. Play with the color, saturation levels, noise reduction, sharpness and contrast. There are more than 4000 different settings you can achieve with the FZ100, in both color and black and white, giving you total control over the finished image.

    1920 x 1080 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) HD Movies:

    You can leave your camcorder at home because the FZ100K combines high quality photographic capabilities with full 1920 x 1080 HD live action filming. You can record popular and highly compatible Motion images or high resolution, full HD AVCHD movies. With AVCHD you get almost twice as much recording time as Motion and even greater compatibility with peripherals like HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players. This gives you a lot of playback and output options, so you can easily impress your friends and family with stunning, HD-quality videos. The powerful 24x optical zoom is always available when you record live action, delivering excellent strength with minimal image noise during auto focus or zooming. You will be able to capture all of life's most important moments and preserve your family's precious memories with the versatile FZ100K.

    Expandable with Optional Accessories:

    Like other system cameras, the FZ100K can be enhanced and expanded by a variety of optional accessories designed to improve your shooting experience in any situation. From external microphones and flashes to lenses and filters, there's an accessory to suit any shooting style and preference, all of which deliver superior quality and reliability.

    RAW Format Compatible:

    For experienced photographers, the RAW format and bundled SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE software gives you complete creative control over your images long after you've taken the shot. Access original image data directly from the sensor without any image processing and then engage the SILKYPIX software to work on the RAW data files. You can then manipulate the image file so that it reproduces exactly the effect that you were trying to capture when you took the photograph. You will enjoy a high-end basic image processing capability that allows you to control unnatural edges from saturated color borders, false colors in architectural structures with complex details, and chromatic noise in images taken at high sensitivity settings. This RAW format compatibility delivers a unique combination of high-resolution detail and exceptional color separation performance for seasoned photographers.

    Extended Battery Life:

    There are few thing more irritating when out for a day of shooting at a major event or family celebration than to have your camera battery go dead when you are in the middle of taking photographs. You want to capture every important moment beautifully, which is why the FZ100K has been designed with a long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This battery, in conjunction with the more energy efficient Venus Engine image processor, allows you to take as many as 410 shots on a single battery charge; you will never have to worry about missing a great shot again.

    Summary

    If you are looking for more from your next digital camera, or perhaps you think you might be ready to upgrade from your everyday point-and-shoot, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ100K is an excellent introductory system camera. You get the power of a DSLR with the usability of a compact point-and-shoot camera. You will be able to take gorgeous photos and exciting live action videos with ease, via the fully automated optimization features. Why wait any longer? Start getting more from your photos and videos with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ100K.

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    SpecificationsExpand All

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      • Camera Effective Pixels
      • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
      • Aperture
      • Optical Zoom
      • Focal Length
      • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
      • Intelligent Zoom
      • Lens
      • 2-Speed Zoom
      • Optical Image Stabilizer
      • Digital Zoom
      • Focusing Area
      • Conversion Lens Compatibility
      • Focus Range Display
      • AF Metering
      • Shutter Speed
      • Focus
      • AF Assist Lamp
      • ISO Sensitivity
      • White Balance
      • White Balance Note
      • White Balance Adjustment
      • Exposure
      • Exposure Compensation
      • Backlight Compensation
      • Auto Bracketing ( AE)
      • Light Metering System
      • Face Detection
      • Still Image Scene Mode
      • Movie Scene Mode
      • Movie Scene Mode Note
      • Advanced Scene Mode
      • Shutter Interval
      • Self Timer
      • Auto Review
      • Picture Adjustment
      • Image Quality
      • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • 1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
      • Motion Picture Recording 4:3
      • Motion Picture Recording 16:9
      • Motion Picture Recording HD Movie
      • Aspect Ratio
      • Intelligent Exposure
      • Composition Guide Lines
      • Scene Mode Help Screen
      • External Flash
      • Viewfinder
      • LCD Monitor
      • Film Mode
      • Playback Mode
      • Additional Playback Mode
      • OSD Language
      • Recording Media
      • Interface
      • Viera Link
      • Power
      • Battery Life
      • Built-in-Flash
      • Included Software
      • Standard Accessories
      • Max Auto ISO Setting
      • Quick Menu
      • Continuous Shooting Mode
      • Focus Icon Select
      • Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
      • Macro Zoom
      • Orientation Detector
      • Slideshow Mode
      • Show Histogram
      • Show Highlights
      • Delete Image
      • Resize/Trim/Aspect Conv./Leveling
      • Cut Animation
      • PictBridge Support
      • AVCHD / AVCHD Lite REC
      • One-Touch Movie Button
      • Movie REC Guide
      • Wind-Cut in Motion Picture
      • Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode
      • Continuous recordable time (Motion images)
      • Actual recordable time (Motion images)
      • My Color Mode
      • Intelligent ISO Control
      • Face Recognition
      • Intelligent Scene Selector
      • File Format
      • Mode Dial / Mode Button
      • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
      • Weight(lbs)
      • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
      • Mode Switch
      • Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume
      • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
      • Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback
      • Set Favorites / Rotate Image
      • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
      • Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
      • Travel Date / World Time
      • Built-in-Memory
      • Microphone / Speaker
      • Power
      • Touch Panel
      • AF Tracking
      • Intelligent Resolution Technology
      • Video Divide
      • Motion Deblur mode
      • Face Recognition Edit
      • Recommended Humidity
      • HDMI output
      • Dimensions (W x H x D)
      • UPC
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    Reviews

    DMC-FZ100K is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from not perfect,but love it replaces my fz-8. love the long zoom,ability to zoom while taking video. overall picture quality excellent below iso 400. even with image stabilization would reccomend a tripod when using long zoom. lens hood nice but has a tendency to come loose.
    Date published: 2011-08-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy it I returned it - not worth it wish they would build a new version more like the FZ35
    Date published: 2011-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bad Lens Hood design, Good Value Extended lens hood falls off and a joke compared with my old 28 which has a set screw. Hard time finding an extra battery
    Date published: 2011-08-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in good light - low light often difficult After 3 months I've shot 20,000 pics later and counting. I'm using the FZ100 for great zoom and wide angle shots. Problem is, when the sun heads towards those "golden hours" of light, the camera becomes fickle. I tend to stay with the full Manual setting, loose all add on "auto" adjustments, and make sure to stay away from anything above ISO 200. The results are often stunning, I find a cheap monopod a must except in full daylight. A good tripod is even better. RAW mode is excellent too, but mainly in twilight settings (dawn/dusk). The RAW processing software is sophisticated for a bundled app though it has some serious limitations. The standard tendency with this kind of sensitive program is to overuse its functions that include a good set of noise reduction tools along with standard things such as "sharpen", "contrast', etc . This takes a lot of practice in my experience. Its worst results come in the form of orange and blue spotting in dark or blue sky area patterns. Long shutter time does help, but for outdoor shooting, that's not always the best way to proceed. I've experimented a LOT with both the Focus and metering modes before going beyond, say, 1/4 second exposure in twilight with RAW. Manual Focus has some drawbacks and don't forget which auto focus mode you're using. There's standard and Macro. Macro does a good job but its very easy to forget about it if a sudden distance shot presents itself. (That's just as much my problem, granted). Biggest disappointment - the "Sports" preset. Its only good under very strong lighting. Even then, its "stop action" abilities are often mediocre. I dislike what it does with higher ISO's than 400. Because this IS a camera that cries to be used for action shots, I've found I-Auto and Program work better than Sports - they're faster to respond too. The FZ100 does shoot fast 99% of the time; shutter lag time is almost never a factor. I wish the software for the JPG shots was not so mickey mouse. It's a bit too cute for my tastes and doesn't do much of anything (the video editing offers a "delete section" mode, but without anything other than a butt cross fade). The person buying this camera will already understand about loading digi photos onto a computer. Why the need for a "Wizard"? Ugh. One can't even delete a bad photo when viewing it at full size - you have to judge by the thumbnail version and can't make it bigger. People with Photoshop or similar software should use it. T These quibbles aside, the FZ 100 has turned in some astonishing photos. The flash does a good job if not pushed too hard. . Video in its HD mode can be impressive. I wish all camera makers would offer a version of their good cameras minus the video and its added expense. At least that would give us still shooters a choice of a dedicated version and for less money! Still, I'm very glad to own the FZ100. It occasionally blows away cameras that cost 10 times as much.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Ever I've done photography for years and I find that Panasonic has outstanding products - this is another example. Easy to use, more than enough options to satisfy any conditions, The zoom capabilities allows me to photograph houses at least one mile away, enabling me to count the number of window panes... Can't ask for any better except maybe a built in tripod, w/remote control and a moveable screen. I got more than my monies worth. Thanks Panasonic! D. Cappy
    Date published: 2011-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ultra zoom camera This is the fourth ultra zoom Panasonic digital camera that I have owned and it easily tops them all. I am out in nature every day taking photos with friends. At first some with Dslr's doubted the quality of photos from a point and shoot but after I started posting my photos on Flickr and other places it made believers of them. I use a 1.7x tele-conversion lens with this and when the zoom is set to 32 I get over 50x optical zoom. Some reviewers have complained about the quality of pictures in low light but I use the intelligent iso setting and that helps a lot. I have a number of friends who are planning to buy one of these cameras. It has so many features such as 220 speed video, adjustable lcd screen and high speed burst that you would be hard put to find something it can't do. I just say get one in your hands and try it. I've read that some professional photographers find this the camera of choice when they don't want to take their big DSLR cameras and lenses on vacation. That was the selling point for me. The only down side is that additional batteries are expensive. I bought some knockoffs and they work but you can't see the levels of power left so I use them only as a backup.
    Date published: 2011-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better with use I volunteer at a park/preserve doing trail work and guide tours. This camera is always attached to my side so I can capture nature shots when I encounter them. I take macros of butterflies and burst of birds in flight. I use the camera daily and it takes a few hits during my day, so it is built well. The shots I take keep getting better and better. The camera is the same, but my understanding of what it can and can't do and how to use the settings is getting better. I hardly use the digital zoom (usually grainy shots with digital zoom, but isn't that a problem with all cameras?) except to document or help ID distant subjects. I have the ISO set to 100 to get the best clarity. I love the burst modes and the quick focus. It isn't a SLR or an instamatic. So don't think it will replace your SLR or be as easy to use as an instamatic,
    Date published: 2011-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best is good ....good... nice..... nice....
    Date published: 2011-04-08
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    • I am a professional photographer who is seriously considering switching to the Lumix mirrorless cameras. Does Panasonic have, or can you suggest, a web site that demonstrates how professional photographers are successfully using the Lumix professional cameras?
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    • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
      Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

      1) Preparation before attempting the update.

      A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
      B. Turn off the camera.

      2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
      A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
      B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
      C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

      D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

      E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

      F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

      G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

      3) Updating the camera's firmware.

      A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

      B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

      C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

      D. This completes the update process.

      4) Confirming the update.

      A. Turn the camera's power back on.

      B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

      C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

      D. Select Version Disp.
      Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

      1) Preparation before attempting the update.

      A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
      B. Turn off the camera.

      2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
      A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
      B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
      C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

      D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

      E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

      F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

      G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

      3) Updating the camera's firmware.

      A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

      B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

      C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

      D. This completes the update process.

      4) Confirming the update.

      A. Turn the camera's power back on.

      B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

      C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

      D. Select Version Disp.


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    • What size SD Card can I use in my camera?
      Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can only use Standard SD Cards (2GB Max).  Models manufactured from 2007 to 2009 can only use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards (32GB Max).  Cameras manufactured 2010 and later are also compatible to the SDXC memory card format. While your camera?s owner?s manual may state a maximum size, that size was the largest that was available when your camera was manufactured. Any currently available SDXC card, which will eventually increase to maximum of 2 TB is compatible. As the maximum size increases, to 2 TB, we do not anticipate any need for firmware updates. 

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    • Why is the Flash option grayed out and the flash will not operate?
      When the electronic shutter is enabled or when the camera is placed in the "silent mode" the flash option is disabled (grayed out). You will need to turn off the "Silent" mode, depending on the camera model, select either "Camera Setup" or "Custom" in the menu.

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    • What should I do to correct a "System Error Zoom", "System Error Lens", or "System Error Focus" message on my camera?
      We recommend you try removing the battery from the unit for approximately 60 seconds and reinstall the battery. If you still receive the "System Error *****" message you will want to consider having the camera serviced.

      For repairs and exchanges:

      Ship your product to:

      Panasonic Factory Service Center
      4900 George McVay Drive
      Suite B; Door-12
      McAllen, TX 78503

      Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

      Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

      Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

      Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

      Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

      Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


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    • How do I turn off the "Flash" function?
      On most models, press the button just above "menu". It is labeled with a "lightening bolt". Pressing it will offer several options related to the flash operation.

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