GH3 - a pleasure to use

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robonrome
robonrome Senior Member • Posts: 1,899
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Really enjoying the GH3. It's hard to explain but now I've got it all setup to my liking it's just so effortless and satisfying to use - everything I want to know is there in the evf and tweaking exposure and settings, already intuitive, is becoming effortless. I love having all the things I need, whether it's spot metering for one shot, a quick timer shot, or silent mode etc at the push of a preset button or flick of a dial - no need to dive into menus. The twin dials behind the shutter are excellent and used for exposure compensation and aperture setting in combination are so easy craft the perfect histogram without ever having to look at the camera.

Here's a few shots from recent random walks around my city. C&C welcome.

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caimi Contributing Member • Posts: 519
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I agree. The GH3 is a pleasure to shoot with. I bought it as a compliment to my OMD and I like it so much I sold the OMD.

stronics Regular Member • Posts: 144
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Well, it's plain to see you are at one with your camera. Great, thoughtful pictures. It's great to find that camera that suits you to a tee.

David

sea_dragon Contributing Member • Posts: 742
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Great photos!  I totally agree with you re. the GH3.  It's an excellent camera!

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Dr Hal Senior Member • Posts: 1,009
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I switched from using the GX1 and GH2 about 10 months ago to the OMD.  I am not unhappy with the OMD but I just cannot seem to get the comfort level because of the very difficult operating system.  The Panasonic system is just better.  If the new GX2 has the improved sensor of the GH3, I will probably switch back to it.  I would think that the GX2 will have the new sensor or why would they even bother to put it on the market??

Hal

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Bob Tullis
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stronics wrote:

Well, it's plain to see you are at one with your camera. Great, thoughtful pictures. It's great to find that camera that suits you to a tee.

That's exactly what I was thinking.  Both about the photos and the engagement with a particular camera.   The former stems from the latter, which matters  regardless of the gear in hand.  

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Nice pictures, thanks for posting them. I just this week got a GH3, too. The size and layout are are really, really great. Picture taking is also about the feel and ease the camera imparts to the user. It has cool features as well.  I still have not quite bonded with it since it is a good deal heavier than my old G5. I have a trip planned up to the high country (I live in CO not far from high mountains) this weekend for wild flower pictures and I hope to really get to know it better.

Tom

chrisnorris
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This thread is like a breath of fresh air.  Really great to see someone likely their camera because of how it feels and fits them rather than the science behind its specs.

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Barry Stewart
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Just checking... have you activated the Super Control Panel? Oly DSLRs since at least the E-330 have had this as a default, where you see all of your major settings on the LCD. It is switchable, through cycling through the info screens but it is never OFF, as it was on my E-PL5.

For some reason, the latest µ4/3 (and maybe all of them?) come from the factory with this function turned OFF. It was a bit of a process to discover how to turn the SCP on, on my E-PL5 — but it instantly made the camera more manageable.

If you haven't made this adjustment, I highly recommend it.

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georgec Regular Member • Posts: 478
In hand, this the best feeling camera

I have Canon 5D II and GH2 etc. GH3 is the most comfortable camera to hold, buttons are nice. I got the GH3 last week. Really enjoy  features like slow-motion video and silent shutter that GH2 does not have. With 12-35mm f2.8 and possible 35-100mm f2.8, I am going to enjoy the camera to the fullest

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ekramer51 Regular Member • Posts: 101
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I replaced my GH2 with the GH3 about four months ago. I can't wait to get back to Africa again in November for wildlife photography. The GH2 was a good camera but the GH3 once set up with all the function buttons is truly a pleasure to use. Photo to video, to photo size, to extended tele, to ISO, to WB, to etc, etc, etc, all at the touch of a button.....nice

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GeorgianBay1939
GeorgianBay1939 Senior Member • Posts: 3,552
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ekramer51 wrote:

I replaced my GH2 with the GH3 about four months ago. I can't wait to get back to Africa again in November for wildlife photography. The GH2 was a good camera but the GH3 once set up with all the function buttons is truly a pleasure to use. Photo to video, to photo size, to extended tele, to ISO, to WB, to etc, etc, etc, all at the touch of a button.....nice

A couple of months ago, at my request, our local Henry's Camera Store got a rare GH3 in to look at. I played with it for an hour or so and couldn't get comfortable with the EVF. The rest of the camera was an ergonomic beauty, but I decided to pass and to continue on with my GH2. I then got a GX1 as a spare camera.

The GH2 was a good camera but the GH3 once set up with all the function buttons is truly a pleasure to use.

Did I make a mistake? Do you really find a significant difference between the GH2 and GH3 in terms of ease of use and output quality? Have your habits changed as a result of the expanded button interface?

I am looking forward to the rumored GX2/7 and will be interested in its ergonomics.

Maybe I'll end up waiting for the next GH camera. In the meantime I'll learn to use what I have better!

By the way, your great shots of the cheetahs and lions remind me of safaris in the Amboseli when I did some assignments in East Africa in the 1970s. I don't recall seeing any leopards there though, so maybe you were in a different spot.

t

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ekramer51 Regular Member • Posts: 101
Re: In hand, this the best feeling camera

GeorgianBay1939 wrote:

ekramer51 wrote:

I replaced my GH2 with the GH3 about four months ago. I can't wait to get back to Africa again in November for wildlife photography. The GH2 was a good camera but the GH3 once set up with all the function buttons is truly a pleasure to use. Photo to video, to photo size, to extended tele, to ISO, to WB, to etc, etc, etc, all at the touch of a button.....nice

A couple of months ago, at my request, our local Henry's Camera Store got a rare GH3 in to look at. I played with it for an hour or so and couldn't get comfortable with the EVF. The rest of the camera was an ergonomic beauty, but I decided to pass and to continue on with my GH2. I then got a GX1 as a spare camera.

The GH2 was a good camera but the GH3 once set up with all the function buttons is truly a pleasure to use.

Did I make a mistake? Do you really find a significant difference between the GH2 and GH3 in terms of ease of use and output quality? Have your habits changed as a result of the expanded button interface?

I am looking forward to the rumored GX2/7 and will be interested in its ergonomics.

Maybe I'll end up waiting for the next GH camera. In the meantime I'll learn to use what I have better!

By the way, your great shots of the cheetahs and lions remind me of safaris in the Amboseli when I did some assignments in East Africa in the 1970s. I don't recall seeing any leopards there though, so maybe you were in a different spot.

For me, and of course it's personal preferences but I find the expanded button interface a significant improvement especially rapidly shifting from still to video and back again. The body shape is a nice improvement as well

The pictures I have posted where taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa. We go there annually, self guide and spend about a month in the bush chasing the critters.

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hifi Senior Member • Posts: 2,342
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Yes - I am really enjoying my GH3.  Coming from an FZ30, then to a G1, now to GH3, they have all been wonderful to hold and use, but the GH3 is the best camera I have ever used so far for physical ergonomics, and also menu usage.  The customizable function buttons, and overall button placement are tops.  It just feels right in my hands.

SDPharm Regular Member • Posts: 222
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hifi wrote:

... the GH3 is the best camera I have ever used so far for physical ergonomics, and also menu usage...

Yep.  The best handling camera for me as well.  It just sits in your hands better than my other cameras.  It's been a while, but I remember the Canon EOS 3 from the film days gave me the same feeling.

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Bob Meyer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,375
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I have fond memories of the EOS 3 as well. My GH3 arrives tomorrow. I hope I like it as much.

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Corkcampbell
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I know what you mean. I have two OM-Ds, but just bought a GH3.

So, one of my OM-Ds will need to go; I also will lose one of my GH2s. A fair exchange, actually.

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Corkcampbell
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It's not difficult at all, especially with the Super Menu mentioned by another.

I had no trouble setting my OM-D. I use the EVF for almost everything, but the super menu is always on the rear display. There are enough Fn buttons to set up the camera any way a person wants. Even the 12-50 kit lens has a function button, and the grip has two. I think that the OM-D is very well designed and have no trouble with the menu, which could be learned in an hour.

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Corkcampbell
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Are you going to get the grip? It's nice as well, but adds nothing for video. (nt)

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GeorgianBay1939
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Re: In hand, this the best feeling camera

ekramer51 wrote:

For me, and of course it's personal preferences but I find the expanded button interface a significant improvement especially rapidly shifting from still to video and back again. The body shape is a nice improvement as well

The pictures I have posted where taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa. We go there annually, self guide and spend about a month in the bush chasing the critters.

Thank you. Judging by other comments on this thread you are not alone!

I'm looking forward to more good imagery from Kruger!

self guide and spend about a month in the bush chasing the critters.

better than the reverse, eh?

t

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