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Panasonic Lumix DMC FX35

I have a DMC FX35 Japanese model camera. It doesn't have English as an OSD language option.

Panasonic product support told me there is nothing I can do. I asked them specifically if there was any way to upgrade the firmware. And they said no.

Is that true? there is no way to add English by flashing the firmware?

David
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:15:57 +0000

I don't know.

Have you found an English firmware that you can flash into the camera?

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:57:00 +0000

No, that's why I was asking you.

If such a method exists, it's not very well known. I read about it being done on other models though, with the same type problem (no English).

David
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:04:02 +0000

I don't know if you actually understood my question. Let me ask again in a different manner.

Have you found a firmware for the English version of your camera?

I don't know if you were attempt to answer that question. But the reason I ask is because, if you did find an firmware for the English version of the camera, you can try flashing it into your camera.

You do take a risk though. It could either prevent you from doing it, or you can ruin your camera. Or it could get you the English menu. So you have to ask yourself whether you are willing to take that risk.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:16:05 +0000

No, I have not found an English firmware for my camera. I do not know if it is possible to flash my camera. I do not know if firmware is available for download anywhere. I do not know the procedure if I had an English firmware.

I think you are correct in saying that an English firmware might not load. I have read on camera forums about people using a hex editor to edit English firmware files in order to get them to work (with other makes and models of Japanese-only cameras).

I am getting used to the menus now.

Surely, there is an underground industry that caters to this need. I just don't know where to look. It's not like computer hacking, with information all over the internet. This is highly specialized.

Thanks for your time. If you ever run across anything, remember me. Meanwhile, if I ever go to Japan and get excited about buying some electronics, I will be sure to check if it has English!! From what I've heard there are Japanese models and international models. Both are identical, except for the OSD languages. The Japanese-only models cost about 30% less. Many people, just like me, not realizing this, learn the hard way.

David
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:09:07 +0000

It sounds like you are willing to take that risk. If so, check (and hope) for a firmware update for your digital camera here:

Drivers and Downloads for Digital Cameras - support at Panasonic

Right now, I don't see a firmware update for your digital camera. If it ever shows up there, hopefully it is a full firmware and not just a firmware patch, you can try flashing it to your digital cameras.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:22:10 +0000

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