Bait and switch
This story is a perfect example of why proprietary technology should be avoided. Yeah, a product may seem great, but sooner or later the manufacturer will do something to make an item more profitable. Some people may not have a problem with this, as the change may be subtle or doesn't affect them, but most of the time it isn't subtle and sooner or later you will get affected.
As more and more products get more and more software in them, we will witness bait-and-switch more and more. Take the new Sky Plus software "upgrade" as an example: they could have made it so that more info was on the screen at once, but they chose to have a little display of the TV whilst you are in the menus/guide instead. That'll be because Sky+ has become a victim of its own success, and users are using the guide and menus whilst the adverts are on. So the software got changed so the adverts still get put in front of the viewers, and those eyeballs increase in value as far as Sky is concerned. Yes, the update solved a lot of silly problems that should never have been their in the first place (and would have been fixed already if the tech was open), but the software has also gained anti-customer features, and the customer got no choice about it.
I am personally sick of being fucked over by hardware/software manufacturers crippling their products in some way. I want to be a customer of companies that produce the best products that technology will allow, and have got to the point where I will not do business with crippled product shifters. DRM is probably the worst example of crippled products, but large amounts of current media are only (legally) available through crippled means. I am not about to stop partaking in society, so the only way I can obtain products in non-crippled ways is through "piracy" (not the nautical variety with actual human victims).
Manufacturers had better pay attention. As time goes on more and more people will realise that crippled products are not worth their time, and this drives potential customers away from the manufacturer. The brainless consumers will still be foaming at the mouth the get the latest crippled iDevice, but the savvy customers (with much more disposable income, due to not throwing cash constantly at purposefully broken products) will be much more loyal if you sell open and quality products.
To bring this rant slightly back on topic, I will now be ignoring Panasonic cameras. In fact, I have resisted spending much on a digital camera so far as the market is moving fast and stuff becomes obsolete a bit too quickly.... that and my film cameras actually take a photo when I press the shutter release, not a fraction of a second later like most digi-cams. I know there are GPL firmwares for some Canon cameras, but Canon themselves do not provide this openness - the firmware is a hack. Why should I patronise a company who will not provide openness even when their product is capable of be used in an open way?