This is a chat room and I would like to chat about something that annoys me regarding a camera manufacturer.
The subject is Panasonic and their FORCING camera users to use their battery on their latest cameras.
I did not post this in the Panasonic forum as it is not about the cameras (I like them), it is about principles.
I have been selling digital cameras for a little over 10 years and have NEVER had a distructive or any other problem with 3rd party batteries.
Now Panasonic have decided to make their cameras to ONLY use their batteries and not give you the choice of 3rd party ones.
I sold a Panasonic FS7 to a customer 3 weeks ago and he decided to buy a back up battery for it (3rd party one)... the camera rejected using it.
I found that (from Panasonic) that it will only work with their "chipped" ones.
Their batteries for that camera are a 1/3rd the price of the camera !!!
This I have found applies not to just that camera, but all of their new models (includes the TZ7 that I enjoy selling to people).
I phoned the Panasonic Rep about it and the reply was..."well that's the way it is"
This is not good practice.
I will be steering customers away toward other brands based on this, even though I like their cameras quality.
What do you think
P.S. I own a few cameras and have Inca batteries for them and have had no problem