Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup (2013)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
16MP Four Thirds CMOS | Articulated OLED screen | AVCHD, MOV and MP4 1080p video
What we liked:
- Excellent video quality
- Good battery life
- Simple smartphone connection
What we don't:
- No focus aids for video
- Disappointing EVF
- Some Wi-Fi functions hard-to-configure
The Panasonic GH3 is what the company calls its 'hybrid' model - aimed both at enthusiast stills photographers and videographers needing high quality footage from a small package. It's one of the largest Micro Four Thirds bodies, which gives it plenty of room for five customizable function buttons, letting you put the photo of video functions you use most often, close-to-hand.
"Probably the most capable camera if your shooting includes both still and moving images"
The GH3's image quality is very good, with likeable JPEG color and competitive Raw files up until the highest ISO settings. However, it's the video quality that really lets the GH3 shine - producing detailed footage in a variety of formats, framerates and bitrates. The lack of focus peaking to guide your focusing while you're recording video is ironic, given that otherwise this is the most video-focused camera we've ever tested.
In addition to its DSLR-esque ergnomics, the GH3 has one of the most sophisticated (though also complicated) Wi-Fi systems, allowing connection to, and control from, a smartphone. This includes the ability to change almost all the settings remotely.
Overall the GH3 is probably the most capable camera if your shooting includes both still and moving images. There are better options if you're solely interested in just one of those disciplines, but the GH3 fits an awful lot into a usefully portable package.