Blogger Ming Thein: GH3 a "consumer appliance"

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Winston Loo
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Re: Blogger Ming Thein: GH3 a "consumer appliance"
In reply to StevenN, Mar 27, 2013

StevenN wrote:

Yesterday I happened to see a link to a blog by Ming Thien, who, from what I can see, is a well-respected photographer and reviewer of photo equipment. In one particular blog, he gives  thumbnail reviews of dozens of cameras, some complete with a photo of the camera.

To make a long story short, I was dismayed by his terse and largely negative review of Panasonic's GH3 which I reprint here in its entirety:

"Panasonic GH3 (Feb 2013, 6/10) – Great image quality – same sensor as the OM-D – and very fast AF; so-so, hollow-feeling build quality and a terrible UI and button layout. Terrible EVF due to poor quality optics; the add-on LVF2 for the GX and LX series cameras is much, much better, and neither matches the clarity of the OM-D. The target market of videographers are bound to be unhappy as rolling shutter artefacts are terrible. Personally, I just couldn’t get along with this camera – it felt more like a consumer appliance than a photographer’s tool."

Ming gives the GH3 a 6/10 rating, the same rating he gives the Canon SD780IS point 'n' shoot camera.

I wonder how much time he actually spent shooting with the GH3? And I can understand that after playing with Canon 1DsIII's and Nikon D4's all day that a GH3 in comparison can feel somewhat of a lightweight, but a "hollow-feeling build quality?"

I have owned cameras since I was 5 years old, and the GH3 is one of the most solidly-constructed cameras I've ever owned. And as for the much-argued-about EVF, the one on my GH3 is very sharp, bright and clear.

Not to take away from Ming's expertise, because he seems quite knowledgeable, but the GH3 sure feels like a "photographer's tool" to me.

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This has been mentioned before.  He's biased towards olympus and regularly reviews olympus gear. I tried to comment on his blog to correct some inaccuracies but he censored my response.  That turned me totally off and in My mind, he's a biased reviewer.   a good reviewer will try to be objective.  He isn't.  From the first few lines he already tells you that he didnt even want to do the review.. So why did he?  Did someone PAY him to do it?  Your guess is as good as mine... IMHO, i find him an oly fanboy and I won't bother with his posts in future, because he censors comments that are contrary to his.  It's his blog.  He can do whatever he wants. I just want others to know he doesn't take alternative views..

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