Is the GF1 hackable

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Rider, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Rider

    Rider Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 14, 2010
    I was wondering whether it's possible to change the bitrate on the GF1, like it's possible with the GH1.
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Mine was ...

    I believe it matters what the mfg date and which firmware version you have
  3. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Think twice

    I know of at least two cases where GH1's that used the hacked firmware sustained permanent damage to the video processor "Venus Engine". In both cases the owner was told the repair would cost ~ $800. Apparently the damage is easily identified. If you look at the GH2, it uses two totally different processors that can handle the increased sampling rate. If improving the performance was as simple as a firmware hack, I think that would have been much easier for Panasonic.

    I also saw a GH1 on EBAY, being sold "as is", a victim of the firmware hack gone wrong.

    I'd have some serious hesitation before I try it.
  4. Rider

    Rider Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 14, 2010
    Thanks all; I don't think I'll be trying to change the firmware. I just got it, so it probably has the latest firmware.