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Old Mar 18, 2004, 3:22 PM   #1
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Default Panasonic Serial Numbers?

I am writing this post to all the Panasonic Experts out there who are far more educated on Panasonic Products than myself.

I currently own a Panasonic DMC-FZ1 which I love dearly, nonetheless I recently decided to part ways with this beloved little Camera, seeking funds to purchase the much coveted and highly acclaimed 4 Mega Pixel DMC-FZ10.

My Dilemma: After close inspection of my FZ1 I noticed that the Serial Number is C3SM00001. My FZ1 is a U.S. Model and I purchased it early on in the FZ1ís initial release (in fact, I purchased it the day it became available to my Dealer of choice).

I donít know much about Serial Numbers but due to the nature of the number ď00001Ē, I suspect this Camera may be the First of a Production Run. Historically speaking, I know that many items that are the First off a Production Line can increase in value substantially over time. Therefore, I would hate to sell the Camera now at Market Value only to realize later that I had a Collectors Item on my hands.

If anyone has any information they could share with me as to Panasonicís Serial Numbering Methods, it would be much appreciated.

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Old Mar 18, 2004, 6:07 PM   #2
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Panasonic US is the best place to enquire as they would keep records of all imports from the Far East manufacturing plant or Panasonic Japan.
It certainly seems you've a serial # which may be valued by someone - so, I'd be inclined to set it aside for a rainy day - you never know how much some ebayers will pay for it down the line.
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