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    Angry is there possible to make a LX3 bought from Japan display English

    I got a LX3 from Japan with 1.0 FW and only Japanese are displayed on LCD.
    so It is very diffculty for me to know the camera well. I can only make basic operations.
    ther is no language option available.
    I upgraded the FW to 1.2, but this makes no sense.

    anyone can help me out,please!! I am going crazy.

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    Default Re: is there possible to make a LX3 bought from Japan display English

    I am not sure about LX3 brought from Japan.
    For a set brought in Singapore, you can change the language setting at the SETUP menu.

    See page 35 of this comprehensive PDF manual.

    Hope it helps.



    Quote Originally Posted by bush911 View Post
    I got a LX3 from Japan with 1.0 FW and only Japanese are displayed on LCD.
    so It is very diffculty for me to know the camera well. I can only make basic operations.
    ther is no language option available.
    I upgraded the FW to 1.2, but this makes no sense.

    anyone can help me out,please!! I am going crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlcs View Post
    I am not sure about LX3 brought from Japan.
    For a set brought in Singapore, you can change the language setting at the SETUP menu.

    See page 35 of this comprehensive PDF manual.

    Hope it helps.



    thank you mate. there is no language option available. as i know there are two types of LX3 in japan.
    one is only for japanese users, it only supports Japanese.
    the other one is for international users, which support muti languaages. the later is more expensive than former.

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    Default Re: is there possible to make a LX3 bought from Japan display English

    I remember when I was in Japan, I saw the Jap version of the FZ50 supporting both Jap & English... and it is 20% cheaper than the international set....

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    It might be possible if its just a change of firmware required.
    But I strongly advise NOT TO TRY doing it yourself as there is a risk of 'bricking' your camera - ie. rendering it as useful as a piece of brick.
    Best is to bring down to local agent to check if it can be done (for a fee, of course!).

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    There's a procedure to change the initial setttings in the LX3 Service Manual.
    This may require replacing the main PCB.
    If you don't have it, download from this link:


    http://www.box.net/shared/01qdciyyx0


    Use it at your own risk.
    Last edited by lichtleiter; 24th April 2009 at 07:10 PM.

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    Default Re: is there possible to make a LX3 bought from Japan display English

    there is no way to change the language to english. but then it is a camera and i think u can just figure out what the various menus are with the icons. it is not very difficult

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    Quote Originally Posted by lichtleiter View Post
    There's a procedure to change the initial setttings in the LX3 Service Manual.
    This may require replacing the main PCB.
    If you don't have it, download from this link:


    http://www.box.net/shared/01qdciyyx0


    Use it at your own risk.
    thank u ,i will take a try and come here to tell you all result

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    accroding service manual, i did a INITIAL SETTINGS. but it does not work.
    there is still japanese available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bush911 View Post
    accroding service manual, i did a INITIAL SETTINGS. but it does not work.
    there is still japanese available.
    Panasonic carries international warranty. Why don't you take it to the service center and ask for their quote or suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lichtleiter View Post
    Panasonic carries international warranty. Why don't you take it to the service center and ask for their quote or suggestion.
    i will. i just hate these japanese characters
    by the way your services manual is helpful to me. thanks again

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    Default Re: is there possible to make a LX3 bought from Japan display English

    I'd think that this would be possible; back in 2003 bought myself a Canon ixy 400 in Shinjuku and still using it now in English

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    Quote Originally Posted by centraljava View Post
    I'd think that this would be possible; back in 2003 bought myself a Canon ixy 400 in Shinjuku and still using it now in English
    Did the service center converted it for you?

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    Default Re: is there possible to make a LX3 bought from Japan display English

    No firmware update or any software downloaded whatsoever, the English menu is in the original camera. Didn't have to take it to service center.
    What they did give me was an extra set of user manual (English) and i figured it out from there.
    My point is, the english menu should be in your LX3; just need to navigate around to activate it.

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    it is impossible! I have inquired Panasonic USA custom care service.
    Quote Originally Posted by centraljava View Post
    No firmware update or any software downloaded whatsoever, the English menu is in the original camera. Didn't have to take it to service center.
    What they did give me was an extra set of user manual (English) and i figured it out from there.
    My point is, the english menu should be in your LX3; just need to navigate around to activate it.

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