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Panasonic FZ-N1 Feedback

Question asked by Jim Brown on Jul 3, 2019

This is not a question but feedback based on our recent experience with Catalyst and a Panasonic FZ-N1 device.  We're using the "new" FZ-N1 configuration with newer, faster ARM processor, 3GB of memory and Android 8.  


The experience with Catalyst has been great so far, although a Bluetooth compatible setup would be much better for us since our users are installing water meters, taking a lot of photos and using the FZ-N1's integrated laser bar-code scanner.  Doing all this while connected via USB is a bit cumbersome.


We also had some early issues with the device throwing warning notifications about over-heating.  We turned off the Wifi radio and dialed back the resolution on the digital camera; that has mostly resolved the problem but I'm waiting on more feedback from the field.


All-in-all we love the Catalyst;  Android doesn't feel like so much of a second-class Trimble-citizen any more.  The monthly subscription plan is also great as it works well with the types of projects we do.