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English language needed for Lumix FX35 - jap model

Guys,
I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC FX35 in Japan recently. When i charged it up, i discovered there is no option to change the language at all in the settings.
The panasonic website says there should be a smilie icon for language in the settings menu, but not on my camera.
Can any on here give me a hack so i can access the english menu on the camera.
Thanks a million, i really appreciate it.
Pete

Chris Martin
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 23:47:25 +0000

I have the exact same problem. I wrote to Panasonic and they said that FX-35 is only available in Japanese!
I also read that FX-35 and FX-36 are the exact same hardware model, with the only difference being that one is sold only in japan while the other is sold worldwide. Therefore, would it be possible to flash the FX35 with the FX36 firmware ? Can anyone please answer that? Thanks !

John
Wed, 13 Aug 2008 19:24:28 +0000

It's a bummer learning after you buy it, that you can't change the OSD language to English. I know that some models are capable of having their lens firmware and body firmware updated. But I don't know if All camera models have this ability. Also, even if you find a firmware update to use in order to add English, you would still have to hex-edit the files manually, since the update won't work on Japanese models. There must be an underground market for this kind of thing. Can someone please give us some links to some camera hacking sites?

I'm sure there are business reasons why they don't allow English on Japanese model cameras. Digital cameras are cheaper in Japan, about 30% less, depending of course, on the conversion rate of Yen vs USD or GBP or EUR, whichever your case may be (at the time).

The only solution is to watch YouTube and other online videos of tutorials showing you how to use the camera. Then once you become familiar enough, the Japanese is less of a problem.

I know this is extremely annoying, but unless someone can help point us in the right direction for a firmware hack, we're screwed.

david808
Sat, 10 Jan 2009 20:00:12 +0000

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