FX100 Battery confusion/mystery?
When I bought the FZ100 in October I immediately tried to order an additional battery or two. I called the number in the manual to order the DMW-BMB9PP. I was told they had no such battery.
Then I read several threads here talking about Chinese substitutes but frankly I thought it a poor risk to chance a $400 camera on a no-name $29 battery.
On October 11 I found a Panasonic site that acknowledged the battery and I ordered 2 DMW-BMB9 (notice the lack of the "PP" suffix) and a charger. All were back-ordered but I was informed the charger would deliver mid Ocotber and the batteries late November. And so I waited and waited. The charger came on schedule and the batteries finally arrived on Monday 11/29. A few days before I had e-mailed Panasonic asking about the order and the answer was they were on the way. And so they were.
So here's the mystery:
1. I ordered DMW-BMB9
2. The battery that came with the camera is DMW-BMB9PP.
3. The two little boxes containing the batteries were printed, "DMW-BMB9."
4. Each box had a label glued on listing it as DMW-BMB9PP.
5. The batteries themselves were printed DMW-BMB9PP.
The batteries work fine, their status is shown on the camera so there's no problem except I can't understand what's going on with Panasonic. Are there 2 different batteries? Are there two same batteries with different labels? Does it matter?
Inquiring minds want to know.
I guess the real question is how they could start selling a camera without having such a necesary item as spare batteries for sale?
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