Panasonic Lumix Link
By Panasonic Corporation
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“LUMIX LINK” is an application that makes it possible to use your smartphone to remotely control the shooting and playback functions of a LUMIX digital camera equipped with wireless communication functions and perform upload operations to SNS sites.
The following functions are available in this application.
(Compatible models are listed in parentheses.)
・ A function that allows you to see the same image as that on the camera’s Live View screen during shooting (FX90, SZ5, GH3)
・ Functions for transferring recorded pictures from the camera to your smartphone, and for uploading them to SNS sites (FX90, SZ5, GH3)
・ Functions for playing back or deleting recorded pictures in the camera from your smartphone, copying them to your smartphone, and uploading them to SNS sites (SZ5, GH3)
・ A function for recording location data using GPS (SZ5, GH3)
・ A function for adding location data obtained using your smartphone to pictures in the camera (SZ5, GH3)
・ Functions for sending and receiving pictures using the LUMIX CLUB Cloud Sync. Service (SZ5, GH3)
[About Recording location data using GPS function]
・ The application is able to record location data using GPS function to send them to the camera (SZ5).The obtained location data is used only for adding location data to the still pictures and videos recorded by the camera (SZ5).After location data is sent to the camera (SZ5), you can delete location data recorded in the application.
・ iPod touch and Wi-Fi versions of iPad without GPS sensor cannot obtain high-accuracy location data.
・ Continued use of GPS running can dramatically decrease battery life.
・ In order to use the SNS upload functions and Cloud Sync. Service, you must first obtain a service user ID for Panasonic’s service LUMIX CLUB (free of charge).
[Notes on using iOS6]
The message “Images cannot be displayed. Enable [Location Services].” may be displayed while starting or operating LUMIX LINK.
In that case, perform the following steps to change settings.
(1) Launch Settings and tap Privacy.
(2) Tap Photos in the Privacy setting.
(3) Set LUMIX LINK to ON in the Photos menu.
This application is compatible with smartphones with the following OS versions.
iOS 4.3 – 6.1
What's New in Version 2.1.29
1920 x 1080, 60p[NTSC]/50p[PAL], 28Mbps mode is added in the video recording option of [MP4].
Still Needs improvement
This app has lots of potential but lots of room for much needed improvement.
The inability to stop video recording from the app makes it pretty much useless. WiFi connectivity and the transfer of photos are buggy at times. I can get the app to xfer pictures to my IOS devices but the Transfer While Shooting(Recording) does not work. Correct me if I'm wrong but It won't transfer Raw files, only jpegs. I'm a pro photographer and shoot in Raw. I generally don't shoot in both Raw and Fine Jpeg. Also I use a iMac 27 and the app will not find my Mac on my network. Some positive things to say.... When it does connects the remote functions for still photography are very good and useful, much better than a traditional remote...and easier to use. There is enough control in the remote for most functions of the camera. The user interface for stills is also pretty good. So Panasonic please listen to the feedback and fix the bugs, Xfer issues and inadequate video function. Oh I am using this app with my Lumix GH3, iPad 3, and iPhone 6 and an iMac 27. I ask that when others review please list your gear as this is helpful for others to know.
I was really excited to try this app, but it seems sadly broken when used with the combination of iPod Touch 4G and Lumix ZS30.
Most critically, when I take a picture using the remote, I invariably get a "Please wait" notification and the application freezes while, I presume, it downloads the picture to the iPod. Except that it never seems to finish, and I don't want the picture on the iPod (and there's apparently no way to prevent this). I just want to use the iPod as a remote shutter release so I can take pictures of wildlife.
Sometimes I will get the live view but the controls will be disabled for no apparent reason, preventing me from zooming or taking a picture.
Although the screenshots above show that the user can change f-stop and focus points, those features are apparently only enabled for the DSC-GH3, even though the ZS30 is a later camera.
The WiFi also has a disappointingly short range. It was struggling to connect much past 25 feet, and sometimes much shorter distances.
The interface is clunky, but I could live with that if the functionality was robust.
So, the application kind of ,sort of works, but it could be so much better.
Good, but not great
This app is very promising. The ability to shoot remotely is fantastic. However, my biggest problem with this app is the inability to start AND stop video recording. This would almost get 4 stars from me. The other thing that would be nice, is the ability to utilize the phone or ipad as an external monitor for video recording. Currently When you record video it does provide a live view. Add these two things and you've got a 5 star app.
- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: Mar 27, 2013
- Version: 2.1.29
- Size: 5.4 MB
- Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Seller: Panasonic Corporation
- © Panasonic Corporation 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.