In a welcomed move to deter camera theft, Panasonic have released a new firmware update for their Varicam line up that enables users to “Tag My Varicam” via the use of a Custom Splash Screen with owner information/logo/contact info.
Of course, this is a free firmware update, much like all other Varicam 35 and Varicam LT firmware updates prior, and quite an interesting one. At first, I really thought this was just for show, but the customizable home splash screen sounds like a brilliant idea in case your Varicam gets stolen.
But what about thieves replacing your info you ask? Well, Panasonic have thought of that too – you can password protect your Custom Splash Screen to prevent rewriting of the above registered contents and also to prevent further updating.
New Features for Varicam Line with firmware:
Firmware Ver 31.01-00-0.00 (Varicam LT)
Firwmare Ver 8.00-00-0.xx (Varicam 35/HS)
CSS(Custom Splash Screen)
The display screen during the boot-up process (splash screen) can be customized to show a company’s logo, etc.
This software helps deter theft by using the customized Splash Screen as the owner’s digital name tag.