Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Only, Black

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About Panasonic DMC-GH3

Panasonic is proud to introduce a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DMC-GH3 of its top-of-the-line GH series. The LUMIX GH3 is not just a compact, lightweight camera. It is an attractive, top-of-the-line mirrorless single lens system camera that is tough enough to withstand the extreme conditions of heavy field use. In Europe and the United States, digital SLR cameras are called DSLR and mirrorless cameras are referred to as CSC (Compact System Cameras). Panasonic uses the term DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras to refer to its mirrorless models, and continues to develop attractive camera systems with interchangeable lenses. With the introduction of the high-end LUMIX GH3, Panasonic will be able to provide more people with the experience of exploring the remarkable potential of the digital single lens mirrorless camera.

The new Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution images with minimum noise. And the new Venus Engine attains high-speed, high-quality signal processing. These features combine to maximize shooting fun and operating ease. Another prominent feature of the LUMIX GH3 is a tough body that is rugged enough to stand up to even professional use. It features a magnesium alloy full diecast body and advanced splash / dustproof construction that was achieved by tightly sealing the sections of the camera body to enable shooting under extreme conditions. Although the LUMIX GH3 is integrating features a class above than other G Series models, it is still compact when compared with an SLR camera featuring equivalent performance and functions. The body has enabled a new control layout with three dials on the front and back as well as single-function buttons. The LUMIX GH3 allows users to capture images in extreme environments and provides superb mobility. It also records still images consecutively at a rate of about 6 fps. The LUMIX GH3 is proud to assume the role of Panasonic's flagship digital single-lens mirrorless camera.

The newly developed 16.05 effective megapixels Live MOS sensor boasts wide dynamic range and high sensitivity image recording even at ISO 12800 or ISO 25600 in extended mode. The key point here was reducing noise, for which Panasonic focused on the following three areas: (1) minimizing noise in the sensor, (2) preventing sensor noise from entering the output signal, and (3) preventing noise from entering the signal processing circuit, power supply line and grounding line. To reduce noise, it is also important to design the power supply wiring and the signal wiring connected to the engine to be as close to the same length as possible. These measures not only suppress noise but also help to improve processing speed. Standard sensitivity is from ISO 200 to ISO 12800, but the user can set sensitivity to ISO 125 or ISO 25600 by using an extension function. The LPF (Low Pass Filter) has been also newly designed to minimize generation of moire while drawing maximum resolution of the image out of the sensor.

The Panasonic DMC-GH3 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Panasonic DMC-GH3 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Panasonic DMC-GH3 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-GH3: Compact, Convenient, Durable, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Long battery life, Nice body color, Quiet, Short lag time and Tilt /swivel LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good image quality (30),Fast / accurate auto-focus (25),Large clear LCD (25),Easy to use (23),Image stabilization (20),Good in low light (16),Compact (13),Short lag time (9),Exceeded expectations (8),Tilt /swivel LCD (7),Convenient (6),Durable (6) Nice body color (6),WIFI (5),High ISO performance (4),Long battery life (4),Quiet (4),Fast shutter speed (3) View All
Cons:
Pricey / poor value (4)
Best Uses:
Video (24),Landscape/scenery (21),Travel (17),Wildlife (17),Low light (16),Sports/action (15),Family photos (14),Weddings (12)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (12),Semi-pro photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (9)

Panasonic DMC-GH3 Features

  • 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Drop Frame
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Double OLED Display
  • Splash/Dustproof Design
  • Full-HD Progressive
  • Smartphone or Tablet Linking
  • Venus Engine: The image processor Venus Engine is also refined to achieve superior noise reduction. With a combination of 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction), both bright area and dark area are faithfully reproduced with minimum noise across the entire focusing range in high sensitivity image recording.
  • Built-in Flash: The built-in flash is enforced to feature more power and flexibility. The new built-in flash of GN12 equivalent (ISO 100 m) / GN17 equivalent (ISO 200 m) covers 24mm wide angle of view. Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensation is available with adjustment of 1/3EV Step ±3EV.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range): The DMC-GH3 also integrates HDR (High Dynamic Range) to cope with the extreme bright and dark contrast that you get, for example, with backlighting, consecutive photos are taken with different exposure levels and overlapped.
  • Time Lapse: Other practical shooting functions including Time Lapse Shot or Multiple Exposure are available on DMC-GH3. The electronic shutter with silent operation prevents pixel declination which is undesirable in photographing of commercial products and so on.
  • Effective Heat Diffusion: Effective thermal diffusion is an essential design challenge. By drawing on the expertise accumulated through its many years of developing camcorders, Panasonic has revamped and redesigned the electronic parts arrangement and internal structure to achieve the optimum layout. This has eliminated heat problems in the GH3.
  • Seamless Motion Files: When recording the video in MOV, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD, the DMC-GH3 automatically generates multiple seamless files for continuous recording. During playback, the AVCHD Progressive / AVCHD files are reproduced with seamless, interruption-free continuity.
  • SMPTE Time Code: The DMC-GH3 also embeds SMPTE Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synch the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production workflow. Time Code Value can be started at any point of [Reset], [Manual Input] and [Current Time]. Drop frame or Non Drop Frame TC is selectable.
  • Ssound Rrecording: For high quality sound recording, DMC-GH3 adopts Dolby Digital for AVCHD Progressive / AVCHD videos and liner PCM (LPCM) for non-compressed video recorded in MOV. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, the DMC-GH3 is equipped with two 3.5mm terminals for external microphone and headphones.
  • Creative Video Mode: The DMC-GH3 also features Creative Video mode: Exposure mode and Slow / Fast-Motion mode. In the Exposure mode, four manual video modes: Program AE / Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure can be selected and they will faithfully reflect your shooting intent, and give you a wide range of video images.
  • AF Tracking: Not only full-time AF, AF Tracking and Face Recognition AF are also available. The Touch AF in video recording also lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing the subject, the focus is shifted to it and let it stand out to attract attention.
  • Contrast AF: All cameras of LUMIX G adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value.
  • Light Speed AF: The DMC-GH3 features ultra-high-speed Light Speed AF makes it possible to capture even the fast-moving subject clearly. Not only the accuracy but also the speed excels by far than the high-end DSLRs with Phase difference AF with the advanced Contrast AF system in DMC-GH3.
  • Dual OLED: The DMC-GH3 is equipped with high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for LVF (Live View Finder) and rear monitor. Increasing the resolution of display area to 1744K-dot equivalent, the new 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx.1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% FOV and eyepoint of approx. 21mm.
  • Durable Build: The new LUMIX GH3 is tough enough to withstand even heavy field use. The main structural features of the LUMIX GH3 are its magnesium alloy full diecast frame and a splash / dustproof construction.
  • Popup Flash: Careful attention was given to the popup flash. To prevent vignetting caused by the lens, the popup flash incorporates a sliding mechanism that raises the flash to its operating position.
  • WiFi: The DMC-GH3 integrates a built-in Wi-Fi module for wireless connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to expand shooting possibility. A smartphone or a tablet can be used as a remote controller and a remote monitor.
  • Photo Style: With the Photo Style, users can manually choose from 6 color types to get even more detailed image settings, or to match the shooting situation. In addition, the contrast, sharpness, saturation or noise reduction for each mode parameter can be customized in 11 steps and stored in memory.
  • Creative Control: A total of 14 filters are available - Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter and One Point Color.

Panasonic DMC-GH3 Specifications

Camera Type
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image Sensor Size
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor
Type: Live MOS Sensor
Total Pixels: 17.20 Megapixels
Camera Effective Pixels: 16.05 Megapixels
Color Filter: Primary color filter
Dust Reduction System: Supersonic wave filter
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD Ver 2.0 compliant (AVCHD Progressive), MPEG4-AVC (H.264). (MOV, MP4)
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image Quality
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Still Image Resolution
[4:3] 4,608 x 3,456 (L), 3,264 x 2,448 (M), 2,336 x 1,752 (S), 1,824 x 1,368 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)

[3:2] 4,608 x 3,072 (L), 3,264 x 2,176 (M), 2,336 x 1,560 (S), 1,824 x 1,216 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)

[16:9] 4,608 x 2,592 (L), 3,264 x 1,840 (M), 1,920 x 1,080 (S), 1,824 x 1,024 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Still Image Resolution cont.
[1:1] 3,456 x 3,456 (L), 2,448 x 2,448 (M), 1,744 x 1,744 (S), 1,712 x 1,712 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image MOV NTSC
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 30p (sensor output is 30p, 72Mbps (ALL-Intra))
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 72Mbps (ALL-Intra))
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 72Mbps (ALL-Intra))
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 50Mbps (IPB))
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 30p (sensor output is 30p, 50Mbps (IPB))
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 50Mbps (IPB))
Motion Image MP4 NTSC
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 20Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 10Mbps)
[VGA] 640 x 480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 4Mbps)
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 20Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 10Mbps)
[VGA] 640 x 480, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 4Mbps)
Motion Image AVCHD Progressive
NTSC: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 28Mbps)
PAL: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50p (sensor output is 50p, 28Mbps)
Motion Image AVCHD NTSC
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 24Mbps)
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p, 24Mbps)
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 60p, 17Mbps)
Continuous Record Time (Motion Image)
AVCHD: Approx. 240 min with H-HS12035 / Approx. 220 min with H-VS014140
Actual Record Time (Motion Image)
AVCHD: Approx. 120 min with H-HS12035 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140
Flicker Reduction
[1/50] [1/60] [1/100] [1/120] / OFF
Time Code (Motion Image, except MP4)
ON / OFF, Count Up: Rec Run / Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode: Drop Frame / Non-drop Frame selectable (NTSC only)
Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
Viewfinder
Type: OLED Live View Finder (1,744K dots equivalent)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Magnification: Approx. 1.34x / 0.67x (35 mm camera equivalent)
Eye Point: Approx. 21 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 - +4.0 (dpt)
Auto Eye Sensor: Yes
Focus
Type: Contrast AF system Focus Mode: AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF AF Mode: Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint (Full area touch is available) AF Assist Lamp: YES (ON / OFF)
AF Lock: Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
Others: Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist, Shutter AF, Half Press Release
Light Metering System
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Mode
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering Range
EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure Mode
Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3, 1 EV step)
(Extended ISO125 - less under 200, ISO more over 12800 - 25600 available) (Up to ISO3200 in Auto)
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ±5 EV (±3 EV for motion image)
AE Lock
AF/AE LOCK button
AE Bracket
3, 5, 7 frames, in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, single / burst
White Balance
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment: Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color Temperature Setting: 2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K
White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Shutter
Type: Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed: Still Images: 1/4,000 - 60 and Bulb / Motion Images: 1/16,000 - 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 - 1/25 (PAL)
Self Timer: 10 sec, 3 images after 10 sec, 2 sec
Remote Control: Remote control with Bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Scene Guide Still Image
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal
Scene Guide Motion Image
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Burst Shooting
SH: 20 frames/sec (4M)
H: 6 frames/sec
M: 4 frames/sec (with Live View)
L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Flash
Built-in Flash: TTL Built-in-Flash, GN12.0 equivalent (ISO100 · m), GN17.0 (ISO200 · m), Built-in Pop-up (Reference)
Flash Mode: Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced ON, Forced ON / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction
Sync Speed: Less than 1/160 second
Flash Output Adjust: 1/3 EV Step ±3 EV
Flash Sync: 1st Curtain Sync., 2nd Curtain Sync
Sync for Flash Dimming and Exposure Compensation: Yes (ON / OFF)
Flash Sync Socket: Yes
Monitor
Type: OLED monitor with static touch control
Monitor Size: Free-angle 3.0 inch (7.5 cm) / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels: 614K dots
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment
Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels), Red-Green (11 levels), Blue-Yellow (11 levels)
Live View
Digital Zoom: 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion: Still Image: Max. 2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion Image: 2.4x, 3.6x, 4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)
Other Functions: Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram
Level Gauge
Yes
Vertical Shooting Detection
Yes
Photo Style
Still Image and Motion Image: Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
Creative Control Still Image
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Creative Control Motion Image
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / One Point Color
Creative Video Mode Exposure Mode
Program AE / Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
Creative Video Mode Slow and Fast Motion
40% / 48% / 80% (Records 0.4 times, 0.48 times, 0.8 times slower) 160% / 200% / 300% (Records 1.6 times, 2.0 times, 3.0 times faster) (1,920 x 1,080, 24p, 24Mbps in MOV, MP4, AVCHD)
Playback Mode
Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only / 3D / Category Selection / Favorite, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, DPOF Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
Image Protection / Erase
Protection: Single / Multi, Cancel
Erase: Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Print
Direct Print: PictBridge compatible
USB
USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI
mini HDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Dolby Digital
Audio Video Output
Monaural Type, NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for North America
Remote Input
2.5mm for remote
External Microphone Input
3.5mm for external microphone
Headphone Output
3.5mm for headphone
Microphone
Stereo, Wind-cut: OFF / Low / Standard / High / Auto
Speaker
Monaural
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
Battery
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1,860mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger
Battery Life
Approx. 540 images with H-HS12035
Approx. 500 images with H-VS014140
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.5 PE
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE
LoiLoScope (trial version)
Dimensions
5.23 x 3.68 x 3.23" (132.9 x 93.4 x 82.0mm) excluding protrusions
Weight
Approx. 19.40 oz (550g) SD card, Battery, Body
Approx. 16.58 oz (470g) Body only
Approx. 30.16 oz (855g) SD card, Battery, H-HS12035 lens included
Approx. 35.62 oz (1,010g) SD card, Battery, H-VS014140 lens included

Panasonic DMC-GH3 Reviews

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4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

6 months with the camera

I've actually just got a second GH3 to act as a B cam. Brilliant camera for hybrid shooting which is becoming essential these days. Great stills from RAW and I set video on 24p A1 intra/vivid allowing for desaturation when needed. The frame rate options are great since I work work with helicopters and slowing the framerate down allows stabilised shots. Quite frankly I've never had issues with rolling shutter or moire, you just have to be careful when panning, but then I never do fast pans any...

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I've actually just got a second GH3 to act as a B cam. Brilliant camera for hybrid shooting which is becoming essential these days. Great stills from RAW and I set video on 24p A1 intra/vivid allowing for desaturation when needed. The frame rate options are great since I work work with helicopters and slowing the framerate down allows stabilised shots. Quite frankly I've never had issues with rolling shutter or moire, you just have to be careful when panning, but then I never do fast pans anyway. Fast lenses are the key and theres a very good range of fast primes now available. I can hand hold this camera in 50/60 knots of wind with a Panny 35-100 zoom and get shots using the 100-300 that would be impossible with a DSLR. I often shoot all day on this in difficult conditions and its never failed, shut down or misbehaved. Its on the expensive side but its a pro camera and does a pro job so cheap.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fantastic camera BUT...

The GH3 would certainly fulfill my needs as a camera. BUT to be a good 'video' tool, it would require much powerfull zoom lens. The 12-35mm is quite good, specially at f2.8 #full range# but the 35-100 is not powerfull enough even if it is a f2.8 lens. With all these superzoom on the market nowadays, it is very difficult to consider the whole GH system without much better lens to be offered. This is very sad because the camera seems so good...

Reviewed by 42 customers

 
5.0

Phenomenal Camera!

By

from Sanford, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First time I used it on a photo club trip to a Mock-Up Western town, in the rain. Lighting was a problem so had to shoot at ISO of 1600. Got very little grain, in fact I was amazed at the clarity of the photos, especially the indoor ones. Loved the ability to to touch the screen where I wanted the lens to focus within the same scene. Can't wait to to put it to more situations and learn how to use all of the features of this camera.

 
5.0

Versatile camera

By

from St. Louis

Nice to have a through-the-lens viewfinder rather than just an LCD screen. A bit overwhelmed with all the features but quickly learning how flexible this camera is. Also nice to be able to use my existing four thirds lens.

 
5.0

Awesome top level camera

By

from Aiken SC

This camera has some heft to it, and when I received it I found that it was larger than I expected. (Now there is a page called camerasizes which would have helped.) All the knobs and buttons have a solid feel to them. I was able to take great photos at a Florida nature preserve with the Panasonic 100-300mm zoom lens. I have no complaints, although I wish some of the lenses weren't so expensive.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An improvement but not quite there.

By

from East Lansing, MI

I use this camera mainly for video but photos seem to look nice also. I used to have the GH2 but I became an early adopter when the GH3 arrived. The largest draw for my switch was the weatherproofed body! The second draw were separate inputs for audio out and audio in. But there's a lot more to love abot this camera. **Before you read further, I really do enjoy this camera even though this review may seem negative. I've just spent a enough time with this camera to point out my greatest frustrations. And when I reference the GH2, assume hacked GH2.** In terms of overall performance, the GH3 is only a step above the GH2. It isn't some giant leap the marketing teams and videos by Philip Bloom have made it out to be. What those videos show us the improved dynamic range of GH3 video, which is definitely better than the GH2. The 5DMK3 easily outperforms both cameras in low light with high ISOs and if you plan to shoot in low light, you really shouldn't push past ISO 1600; buy or rent some fast glass. Speaking of fast glass, the GH3 does NOT have focus peaking or zebra pattern etc; a huge misstep! Instead you have to use the magnifier that vanishes once you hit record. So being precise while wide open on a manual lens has become that much harder. The GH3 has a HDMI input to connect with an external monitor but still ridiculous. (Probably my biggest frustration). Another problem is the wifi connectivity and app integration. It is just impractical in its current form. This doesn't bother me other than it's a feature that GH3 owners 'pay' for whether or not they want it. So I can't help but feel they neglected some basic features *cough* focus peaking *cough* to include this shoddy extra. My final complaint is the wierd trimming it does with recorded audio. There isn't an issue with the way the audio is synced, rather, a tiny chunk part of the track at the beginning and end is missing. So it's almost as if the video track is the first and last thing recorded while the audio track is recorded second and cut third. Despite these issues, there are overall performance improvements with some added bonuses. Slow motion can be done in 1080p at 60fps, the codec and sensor processing is more efficient, the battery life is amazing, and a new native timelapse program. I may just be turning into a fanboy, but the GH3 shares a similar 'diamond in the rough' quality as the GH2. The time spent into pushing the limits of the GH2 definitely carry over but this camera will still require the user to spend a good deal of time investigating each feature to create a custom setup that makes sense for his or her needs. If you currently own and enjoy your GH2, I'm sure this camera would easily find its way into your heart as well. If you found the GH2 more work than it was worth, you may want to take a look at the GH4 if not switch formats all together. The GH3 is definitely lacking the polish you seek.

 
5.0

Love the GH3

By

from Ridgway, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use the GH3 a lot. It is very easy to use and takes excellent photos. If you are used to shooting in manual it is best to have 0 compensation. If you go to the -1 or lower the photo seems to come out really dark. But in the 0 compensation setting the photos are almost perfect. Many times using RAW I only have to minimally edit the photo. Love this camera.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

6 months with the camera

By

from Wellington, New Zealand

I've actually just got a second GH3 to act as a B cam. Brilliant camera for hybrid shooting which is becoming essential these days. Great stills from RAW and I set video on 24p A1 intra/vivid allowing for desaturation when needed. The frame rate options are great since I work work with helicopters and slowing the framerate down allows stabilised shots. Quite frankly I've never had issues with rolling shutter or moire, you just have to be careful when panning, but then I never do fast pans anyway. Fast lenses are the key and theres a very good range of fast primes now available. I can hand hold this camera in 50/60 knots of wind with a Panny 35-100 zoom and get shots using the 100-300 that would be impossible with a DSLR. I often shoot all day on this in difficult conditions and its never failed, shut down or misbehaved. Its on the expensive side but its a pro camera and does a pro job so cheap.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Winner!

By

from South Carolina  -  Pro Photographer

I recently purchased a high-end AVCHD camcorder for work, but when I compared the images with the GH3 it wasn't close. The GH3 had much higher resolution! I returned the camcorder and bought a second body. See test frame grabs for comparison.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best option for stills and video!

By

from Undisclosed

Grew tired of lugging a heavey Canon camera, lenses, and camcorder when traveling with the kids. Wanted a single system that would shoot stills and video. Coupled with a 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses, the GH3 is a dream come true for me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't Be Beat For Video

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from Bellingham, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this camera to replace my Canon 7D, and honestly I'm blown away. I shoot mainly video and the GH3 out preforms the 7D in every aspect. The amount of manual control you have over video is great, and the quality of images produced amazing. I've heard complaints about the GH3 producing more Moire than the GH2 but thus far I haven't noticed any. This is an amazing camera, the body and lens are light and compact so it's easy to carry around, the viewfinder is sharp and easy to look through and the built in wifi is a nice feature. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is looking to shoot high quality video, but still wants great photo capabilities.

 
5.0

MMMM MMMM!!

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from Phoenix, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've been desiring to purchase one of these because I have been so pleased with the GH2. I finally bit the bullet. And boy was it worth it! Panasonic listened to their customers, and gave us what we wanted. I love editing straight into final cut with no transcoding. It's a bit of a learning curve coming from the GH2. Now if Nick Driftwood would only make a RAW video hack for this like Magic Lantern just did for the Mark III.

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Brent J  Does it have an audio monitor to see levels?
RONALD H  Yes, recording levels can be displayed in the viewfinder.
Shopper  Hi there, does this camera shoots PAL too?
DAVE O  Search "Does Panasonic GH3 Shoot PAL" at dvxuser for discussion thread
Shopper  What brand of lenses is it compatible with?
JINDRICH C  Micro four thirds lenses. Panasonic and Olympus make most of those available, but Sigma and some other small companies have started making some models too. You can also buy adapters for other mount lenses.
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