Stefan Geens: I've been trying to get Panasonic to elaborate what they mean by footnote 1:
"*1 GPS may not work in China or in the border regions of countries neighboring China. [...]"
Can anyone shed some light on this? GPS works fine across China, though mapping is not allowed without a license, so perhaps geotagging photos would fall under that category. But still: Why should a camera manufacturer care? Would Panasonic really hobble its firmware globally so that if the camera detects GPS coordinates within China, these coordinates get scrambled or disabled? I can hardly believe that this is what they would do, but can't think of another explanation.
In any case, if it were to be illegal to sell a camera in China that allows geotagging in China, why punish the rest of the world with a broken camera? If I want to take geotagged photos in China, just as I and many others do with my iPhone, that should be my decision.
...Unless I am reading their footnote wrong. Does anyone have more info?
GPS works fine in China. I've used GPS devices on many occasions, and millions of iPhones in China use it everyday to give their users location-based services.
In the meantime, I've confirmed that the camera does indeed turn off the GPS function by its own initiative if it detects it is in China (using GPS coordinates, ironically). There is a special screen message to that effect documented in the manual, for both the TS3 and TS4.
I've been trying to get Panasonic to elaborate what they mean by footnote 1: