Mike Ronesia: This looks to be a great camera. I went from a GH2 to a GH3 and it felt huge. I was starting to think I might as well get a FF camera. Today I went to a friends house and he had his 5DII with 24-70 and battery grip on. I held it in one hand while holding my GH3 with the 35-100 and battery grip in the other and it was like night and day. The GH3 may be a brick, but the 5DII was like a much bigger lead brick. I can't see ever carrying something that big. I can shoot just about anything I want with my M4/3's with very few limitations. In the past week I've been paid to do a portrait session, photo booth, sold 9 large prints that will hang in the Governor's office and shot a magic show for SandCastle entertainment for their promo posters and web site. Next week I shoot a bike race with pro's from across the planet. These were all paid gigs based on previous work with my GH2. M4/3's can get it done and without a wrist brace.
Totally agree. I shoot dancesport with my GH3 as well with 12-35 and 35-100. It can get the job done most of the time. Very little need for a heavy DSLR nowadays !
sarit: Wow, m4/3 format sensor, 500gm weight and a $1400 body only price ! Now wonder they are going bankrupt. I agree this is a great camera for what it is and especially weather-sealed, but this is not competitive in the market for that price range. Even more so as Sony A7 is weather sealed and comes at just $300 more with a FF sensor.
A7 is NOT weather sealed
rdscibilia: What about comparing this to the EOS M.
EOS M? Whats that.? Oh .. the slow focusing camera that Canon announced. meh
Some folks dont realise another very important milestone with the announcement of the EM-1. There are now 65 native lenses available for the format. This system is now #3 just behind Canon and Nikon and leapfrogging Sony... This is a very credible system.
vesa1tahti: Sensor ratings by DxO: Oly E-M5: 71, Nikon D7000: 80, Nikon D800E: 96. Rely on that. Small sensors- weaker IQ. Micro Four Thirds can't be competitive, sensor size MUST be APS-C or FF. Camera size has no matter, normal people can carry DSLR- cameras, others are too small.
@plastek With the EM-1 launch, there are over 65 native lenses that can be used on this camera with equally good AFm4/3 and 4/3. Suddenly this is the third largest system behind canikon, leapfrogging Sony.. What do you mean by "overweighted by vast choice of lenses" isnt 65 something?
Gee.. read thisDXOMarkCanon 70D 68Canon 700D 61 (same as GH2?)Canon 100D 63
Panasonic GH3 71EP5 72EM5 71
So what was that? m4/3 wipes the floor of the latest Canon Sensor in the 70D and is better that most of the semi pro and consumer DSLRs. m4/3 is GOOD Enuff
Shunda77: Wow! that's an expensive video camera. It's a real shame the stills performance is now MORE than a generation behind.
The video performance is still behind the Panasonic GH3
mpgxsvcd: Couple of Questions for Dpreview
1. You say that the Image Stabilization can be used with any lens. Is it available to use with lenses that have built-in IS? I assume you can't use both at the same time?
2. This is still a rolling shutter camera so the silent mode still has the serious drawback of skew when the camera or subject move. It will be nice for weddings and posed shots but not for the shoot from the hip street shooting that most people would want to use it for.
3. Is there a 1080p @ 60 FPS MP4 mode?
4. And the number one question on everyone's mind is "Does the GX7 use the GH3 sensor, a GH2 sensor, or an entirely new sensor?".
I asked a local panasonic rep whether this was the same sensor as the GH3. He said it was better performing. So basically its a new sensor
foivosloxias: This is so sad... Sony+Grip=Hasselblado tempora o mores
What's so different from panny lx7 + diff firmware + red dot = Leica d lux 6?
audijam: DLSR = digital single-lens reflexmirrorless = mirrorless
can you compare F1 with go karts?
of course not...
You sound totally ignorant and I forgive you. My gh3 and omd can run rings around any dslr up to pro level and doesn't suffer from back or forward focussing issues. Immediate live view without lag.
Aris25: No metering in video mode!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least give us that!!!!! This is rediculous!!!! We cannot change aperture in video mode, we can't see if the exposure is right cause we dont have metering in video mode, we can't use flatter picture profiles because of banding and fpn .... But we have headphone jack with live meters for audio, and mic input for clean audio recording!!!! Does anyone in Nikon Tests the versatility in video mode before they put it in production... The D7100 its an amazing stills camera but for video... i dont think so... The picture quality overall isn't that bad if you have the time to denoise the footage(sometimes and in the lowest iso)... and if you have the time to exit from live view to change the aperture ... and then to check how is your exposure ... and then come back to live view ("ohhh the white t-shirt is overexposed") Then you have to exit from live view.........Nikon Rulessssss
Buy a gh3. Solves all your problems
grahamdyke: This is genuinly gona kill the compact camera market for the likes of Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic cos they don't make phones, Sony may be ok if they can get it in gear!
I would have bought one if it came out 3 months ago, but just jumped on the TZ40. I had to replace my broken TZ7 and my current Samsung Galaxy Ace Mk1 could really do with a refresh. Would have been perfect...
Panasonic makes phones
semorg: I'm a loyal reader of EOSHD and I have learnt a lot from their posts. Definitely a must-read for any aspiring movie or film-maker.
I've followed the RAW video ability story from early on and I was not convinced this was doable. So this is rather unbelievable and a huge news.
If you look at the DR in sample screen grab or read the prior posts by EOSHD on this topic you will see an enormous improvement both on ER and details.
Among critics 5D III footage is soft and in actuality many complaint the video resolution is far below the stated 1080P. The RAW video brings such a beautiful detail as compared to canon's output footage that this will make canon's 5D III (and hopefully 5DII) into the ultimate indie filmmaker tool. For now many shooters are using the ML hacked GH2 but micro 4/3 crop doesn't have the the same look as the 5DIII full-frame and if ML can pull this off you will see a ton of movies on TV Shows, and indie movies produced by this camera.
The GH2 hacks are by an independent group led by VK. Magic Lantern did not do any hacks for any Panasonic cameras. Your facts are wrong dude.
jkrumm: Perhaps you can do another article discussing which apps play nice with easy home printing straight from the phone. We bought a Canon MX890 wireless printer a while back and I keep a stack of 4x6 photo paper in the top loader for phone prints. Works like a charm and the prints look great. Much more fun than waiting for the mail.
I second this idea. I dont live in the US so all the apps reviewed above dont work for me. But i do have a canon pixma and would love a good printing app that can print from iphone to printer.. please review this as well
fdfgdfgdgf: the 4/3 format will die as the sony NEX/eos-m has similar wight with much better IQ.
Not sure the market positioning of the gh3 as cameras such as Nikon d5200 has the same wight and better performance characteristics
canon ceo said here that APSC is the way to go and the tiny combo of eos-m +lower wight of the prime are a better deal then any 4/3 toy. but 4/3 has important role to trigger more development of an apsc milc
@fdfgdfgdgfEOS-M with small pancake is small indeed. But try to af anything.. and you'll see why m4/3 whips Canon's A## here.m4/3 is the best mix of IQ, performance, weight.EOS-M is stillborn, unless canon fixes the AF
Aleo Veuliah: To me the GH3 is still the best choice overall. There are many things I don't like on the OMD, and many things I like on the GH3.
Anyway both are good cameras, it is a matter of personal taste, because IQ is almost equal.
The GH3 is very good for stills like the OMD, but the GH3 has a plus that is much better video.
Each review I have read has a slight different approach, score, and opinion.
But all said that is a great camera.
I'm a m4/3 Fanboy. I own both panny and oly bodies and lenses... both are great tools, but I feel that the GH3 gives more bang for the buck and is a true hybrid cam
Timmbits: For something this SIZE, I'd expect a full frame, or at least an APS-C!
Add a 70-200 eq lens and see the size.... Oh wait.. Nikon doesn't make a 70-200 eq lens for its apsc line...
D1N0: so for shooting stills it's actually crap. Gold award. Way to go dvreview
If you take the time to read the review, the stills portion is considered not great because of the JPEG engine. If you shoot raw, its the same as the OMD EM-5, which is great for stills.
just look at this and tell me that Canon's strategy makes any sense?
A comparison of equivalent lenses (18-36mm equiv):Olympus E-M5 + Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 -- 555g Filter size 52mmCanon 100D + Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 - - 1077g Filter size 82mmAnd the Olympus lens is slightly faster! but has no hood.
haiiyaa: How does it kill micro four thirds? whats the idea of having a small dslr if the lenses are huge
The Panasonic G5 or GH3 and the Olympus EM-5 eats this for breakfast ! Gosh even my E-PL5 can do 8fps and is smaller and have smaller / lighter lenses..