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Old Jul 26, 2004, 5:08 PM   #11
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StormyKnight wrote:
Just read elswhere on this forum, The FZ1 has had a firmware update that did fix this same problem! Has Panasonic set a precedence?
I don't think so. FZ1 had no manual mode.
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Old Jul 27, 2004, 4:29 AM   #12
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The FZ1 can be updated to the FZ2 specs as seen on this site.

What about that firmware upgrade? Panasonic released the DMW-VUZ1 upgrade kit that upgrades the FZ1 firmware to version 2.0, effectively converting the camera into an FZ2. This upgrade comes on an 8MB SD card and is currently sold only in Japan for about ¥6000. A machine translation from Japanese of the upgrade description is available here. According to people who own both, an upgraded FZ1 is functionally equal to an FZ2.
On this page, a entry by FMoore states
* The FZ2 holds everything "wide open" at full aperture and max ISO until you depress the shutter button. This helps framing flash shots for capture in dim light.
I don't have either camera to confirm this but...

Do you know how long it took me to find this link again? :-)
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Old Aug 5, 2004, 6:48 PM   #13
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I've asked about this problem many times since receiving my FZ10 last November, and have received the same reply you received: "it's not a bug". True, it makes the camera unusable in many situations, but that's not a bug.

The question now is whether the FZ15 and FZ20 work the same way, or allow the viewfinders to remain as bright in Manual mode as in Program mode, even when an external flash is attached. If the problem has been fixed, I'll be buying an FZ20 and selling the FZ10.
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Old Aug 6, 2004, 10:14 AM   #14
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What a copout - "it's not a bug." Well, I suppose that depends on your definition of "bug." Surely, though, given the excellent description above (and elsewhere), we can all agree it is a flaw.

I'd like to know how other digicams handle this situation (manual mode with flash up or external flash connected).

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