Upgrading firmware of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

In short:

Panasonic has released a new firmware for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 compact camera which is worse than the previous version. The previous version (1.1) is no longer available on Panasonic website, so I made it available for you on my website: FT1__110.zip

Long story:

I already talked about the Panasonic Lumix FT1 camera in another post, in short the strenghts of this camera are:

  • ability to go under water
  • HD quality movies (720p)
  • optical zoom during movie recording
  • no limit on movie length

It’s really worth its price. You can find many example videos made with this camera on YouTube. The latest firmware available from Panasonic is ver. 1.2 . The main difference with regards to ver 1.1 according to Panasonic website is an “improvement of battery detection for safety standards Panasonic uses” which seems cool until you dig around for a while and discover that this improvement actually means that “after this firmware update your Panasonic Digital Camera cannot be operated by unauthorised 3rd party batteries“.
Wait a second, and you call this an improvement? No, thanks. I’d rather keep the ability to use 3rd party batteries.

So the next thing you do is check what other improvements have been introduced in firmware 1.1 compared to 1.0, here they are:

  • Capable of playing back AVCHD motion picture format (1,280 x 720 )
  • The quality of viewing image(still image) is improved.

Don’t care too much about the former, but the latter looks quite important.

Right, next question is: where can I download firmware 1.1 ? Panasonic was such nice to remove it from their website, and force anybody who wants to fix the 2 issues listed above to upgrade to ver. 1.2 and (bonus!) lose the ability to use 3rd party batteries.

That’s not nice, Panasonic!

Fortunately for you, I had the luck to save a copy of firmware 1.1 while it was still available, here it is for your convenience: FT1__110.zip

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10 thoughts on “Upgrading firmware of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

  1. Hi Luca,

    I didn’t tried yet because my battery is charging but I saw this on the panasonic website :
    http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/TZ4_5/index.html
    If newer version or same version of firmware has already been installed, the initial setup screen(Fig. 3) will not be displayed. And the DMC-FT1/TS1 will display that “NO VALID PICTURE TO PLAY”. Please turn off your camera and use the camera as is.

    The problem is that I bought my camera with 1.2 already installed on it.

    Is it possible to install an older version of the firmware ?

    Cheers,

    Aubry

  2. Thanks for the firmware. I downloaded, rename it FT1__130.bin (make it look like a newer firmware) It’s work. Now my DMC TS1 is back to fw 1.1.

    Hope this help.

  3. I’ve tried to downgrade my FT1 from 1.2 to 1.1 by renaming the file as you describe, but it is still just saying NO VALID PICTURE TO DISPLAY.

    Was there anythin else that you did ?

  4. I have downgraded my Firmware from 1.2 to 1.1, but the 15 min time limit for video sequences remains. I have also tried to flash the firmware of the American Version (DMC-TS1), but did not have any success either. Am I missing something?
    I have the DMC-FT1 (European Version of DMC-TS1).

  5. Does anybody have access to firmware with other than English language (I would prefer German or even better Czech/Slovak).
    Thanks for your help!
    Prala

  6. Thank for your contribution!

    I’m very interested in to eliminate 15 min. limitation for european version (FT1).
    Panasonic explained me that this limit was due to avoid exportation taxes, and I supose it may a software limitation (not hardware)

    must be some way to do it!!!

    thank you

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