Panasonic put a lock on the firmware: BUT IT HAS BEEN CRACKED
David Siegfried, Amazon
7 November 2010
Summary: Like many others, I had read all the buzz on the web about the third-party firmware update created by "Tester 13" for this camera. The Tester 13 firmware code opens up new possibilities for independent filmmakers and video artists such as myself.
Summary: Like many other folks, I received a unit with a defective lens mount. The lens twists back and forth by a substantial amount. I am returning my camera. Did a little testing while I had it. My background is as a cinematographer and coder of digital imaging software.
Summary: Everything about this camera spec-wise is very attractive. I really like the size, the range of the lens, the versatility of the video, etc., but when it came right down to it, the image quality and performance of the camera/lens combo for still images was pretty bad, especialy indoors.