Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 Firmware 1.2

June 14, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 1 Comment | |
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Panasonic has released a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-FH22 (also known as the DMC-FS33) digital compact camera. Version 1.2 is a minor upgrade bringing an “improvement of the menu indication” according to Panasonic.

Website Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22/FS33 Firmware Update Service

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#1 Brian Holtkamp

Firmware update 1.2 is quite small, and from what I've been able to tell, well worth your time if you don't already have it.

A graphical UI update isn't the only thing they churned out here, though I honestly wonder what took them so long to revamp what needed a bit of fixing or to explain quite a few scene modes I've been wondering about forever, but honest-to-goodness, I noticed a pretty large amount of improvements over the previous UI's controls AND the touch screen, as well.

First off, sadly, for those of you wishing to get one particular burning question answered: It seems the preview mode did NOT get enhanced touch controls. So I'd imagine that's likely an issue with the processor itself, and not the touch screen. I did, however, see noticeably more reactive touch controls most everywhere else (and I tried everything out).

If the info button was there before, it's been revamped, to be sure. I like now being able to see a description of what every scene mode does. Still no real explanation of the difference between the two "intelligent" flash modes, though... I guess we can't have everything.

The video also seems to have recieved some noticable upgrades. Your lighting situation indoors seems slightly better detectable by the new firmware, but what I most like is that the sound input from the internal microphone most DEFINITELY got an upgrade. The quality is now far closer to studio/lossless than prior, and I noticed this immediately watching my test video (of over three minutes so as to range test what I could). It's not studio-quality recording, but it's still doggone good for a camera that's now selling for $129 ($199 when I first got it).

Bottom line, this update was worth the wait, and they seem to have improved about everything they could. As for what I'd like to see, well... that's not as important as refining the barebones of the camera, now is it? And this was barebones refinement at its finest. Never seen a bigger overall firmware update to any single camera than this.

3:26 am - Thursday, June 30, 2011