Just bought the Panasonic ES10 deck and am extremely impressed with just about everything. Don't like the tiny thumbnails after finalising (why so small Panasonic!!?), I wonder whether this could be cured by a firmware upgrade? My query though (if anyone can help, most grateful), is; Is there a different way to start a flexible mode recording other than the menu, which is not transparent so makes it difficult to start the recording at precisely the right moment? If anyone's found another way to do it whilst still being able to see what is going on on-screen then please let me know! Do Panasonic ever release firmware updates for niggly problems like this? Thanks.