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5.0 out of 5 stars important battery issues fixed read before you buy anything!!!, 13 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Panasonic Lumix GF1 12.1MP Digital System Camera 14-45mm Lens Kit - Black (Camera)
CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!!!!!!!! great camera, good video response, fits in a lowepro rezo 10, works well with transcend 16gb sd cards, which are the most sensibly priced, no performance issues, but ONE MAJOR LETDOWN, THE CAMERAS FIRMWARE(SOFTWARE)including updates from the panasonic site, BLOCK THE USE OF NON PANASONIC BRANDED BATTERIES AS SOLD ON amazon TO UNWITTING CUSTOMERS OF WHICH I WAS ONE, which cost around a quarter of the price at less than £10.00 each, as opposed to £50.00 up for the identical product labelled with Panasonic, and chipped inside like the INKJET manufacturers have done TO FORCE YOU TO PAY EXTORTIONATE PRICES FOR THEIR OWN LABELLED CARTIDGES, HOWEVER HELP IS AT HAND, I FOUND A HONG KONG BASED SELLER ON EBAY UK, called BUYITNOWHK selling chipped "SIDO" branded batteries for £16.99 a pair airmailed to your door, so they slip under the customs net...i.e. no import duties and THEY WORK JUST FINE with all firmware versions of panasonic cameras using the BLB13 type batteries.......HAPPY DAYS.....the cameras now a goodun!!!!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS THE EVIL EMPIRE OF EXTORTIONATE CONSUMER RIP OFF'S HAS BEEN STRUCK A MIGHTY BLOW (after a little research on the net forums, to see who had an answer!)

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'Voltage: 7.4V (compatible with 7.2V)Compatible with Panasonic DMC-G1 DMC-GF1K, DMC-GH1 DMC-GF1C, DMC-GF1
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2009 22:46:51 GMT
Triestino says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2009 08:25:37 GMT
andrewpr says:
If you take a lot of pictures, you often use more than one battery in a day.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2010 19:52:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2010 19:54:10 GMT
Spare battery perhaps...???!

Just ordered... I hope your right or im going to huff and puff and do absolutely nothing about it... cheers...

Posted on 12 Jan 2010 11:18:31 GMT
rossrossross says:
The camera is fantastic.
As to a spare battery - I have previously totally fried a Canon Ixus by using a non-Canon spare battery in it so am now very careful and will only use the right batteries in my cameras. Battery life in the GF1 is excellent anyway - I easily get 400 shots per charge and the battery indicator is very precise - when it goes down to 1 bar you know that only about 30 shots remain and it is time to charge. You'll only need a spare if you are on a long trek miles from electricity and planning to takes 100's of pictures

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2010 20:10:23 BDT
dylan says:
somehow you have missed the obvious point here, they are extra batteries, i.e. they are in addition to the supplied one and supplementary, that is they are to be carried with you when the camera is in use, to ensure that should the one installed runs flat, you can carry on using the camera!!!! I mentioned buyitnow hk as they supplied the goods with a very cheap price which actually worked, to save other people who may be looking for similar, a lot of searching, once again a statement of the obvious, yet obviously not to you...

Posted on 6 Jul 2010 12:00:27 BDT
Gradivus says:
Beware buying cheap batteries from Hong Kong!

I've had my fingers burnt a couple of times. The worst...

The "official" battery would power my camera for a week or two in normal use. The supplementary battery I bought from HK seemed fine at first, but after a couple of months use it would power the camera for a mere 15 to 20 minutes. Yes, that's right, 15 to 20 minutes!

Caveat emptor indeed.

Don't take the risk.

Posted on 14 Nov 2010 20:53:51 GMT
Smudge says:
Seems a bit over the top, even for a spammer.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012 20:39:03 BDT
R. Gibson says:
that is certainly not my experience. I have filled up almost 8gb card and had plenty of battery left over.
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