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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.

Panasonic DMC-GH3 Includes

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Camera Body
  • Battery Charger (included AC cable)
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Panasonic Warranty
  • Free $100 Adorama Gift Card

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (30) , Large clear LCD (25) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (24) , Image stabilization (20) , Easy to use (17) , Good in low light (16) , Compact (9) , Short lag time (9) , Tilt /swivel LCD (7) , Nice body color (6) , WIFI (5) , High ISO performance (4) , Long battery life (4) , Quiet (4) , Fast shutter speed (3)
Best Uses:
Video (23) , Landscape/scenery (20) , Travel (16) , Wildlife (16) , Low light (15) , Sports/action (14) , Family photos (13) , Weddings (11)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (12) , Photo enthusiast (9) , Semi-pro photographer (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
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