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Panasonic posts firmware for DMC-GH3 and announce GH3-Minute Movies

By dpreview staff on Mar 29, 2013 at 17:29 GMT
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Panasonic has posted the promised firmware updates for its movie-focused Lumix DMC-GH3 mirrorless camera, the 14-42mm and 45-175mm power zooms and the 45-150mm lens. The GH3 update adds the ability to shoot 1080p60 footage in MP4 format and lets users connect to a computer via Wi-Fi by entering the computer name (NetBIOS names for Mac). Meanwhile the lens updates promise improved autofocus performance in AF Continuous mode when mounted on the GH3.

The company has also announced a partnership with UK-based Rankin Film Productions (RFP). Panasonic has provided RFP with three GH3 camera bodies and lenses to produce three three-minute films as part of a promotional campaign. Check out one of the sample movies below:


Press Release:

Panasonic partners with Rankin Film Productions for Lumix GH3 campaign: ‘GH3-MINUTE MOVIES’

The Panasonic Lumix DMC- GH3 is built around a new 16MP sensor, features a larger and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, is packed with videographer-friendly features .

March 2013: Panasonic is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Rankin Film Productions (RFP) and its award winning DMC-GH3 interchangeable lens camera. As part of the collaboration, Panasonic is providing RFP with 3 x DMC-GH3 cameras and an array of lenses for them to produce 3 x 3 minute films. Aptly named ‘GH3-Minute Movies’, this campaign will showcase the GH3’s professional videography capabilities in a real setting.

The new Lumix GH3 represents a significant step forward in challenging the conventional DSLR category appealing more to filmmakers. With its free-angle OLED monitor, professional timecode capability and broadcast-standard 1080 50p Full HD recording capability, the GH3 is fully prepared to handle all of RFP’s videography needs.

Panasonic Lumix G product manager Barnaby Sykes commented: 'We are excited about the prospect of what our latest Lumix GH3 can offer to creative filmmakers and wanted to find the right partner to help explore those possibilities. As soon as we met RFP’s roster of young director talent we knew we’d found the right team to put it to the test.'

The partnership represents a unique way of promoting the camera and aims to further demonstrate the credentials and benefits a DSLM has for harnessing the creative visions of up-and-coming talent.

Rankin Film Productions Executive Producer Nina Rassaby-Lewis added: 'The Lumix GH3 was an interesting proposition for us and we were keen to see exactly what it could do working with some our most progressive and creative filmmaker talent. We’re excited by the prospect of the resulting films.'

Directors David Allain, Vicky Lawton, and Charlie&Joe are all producing their films through RFP shot exclusively on the Lumix GH3 and its extensive range of prime and range lenses. The films will all be tonally distinctive and look to push the camera’s capabilities to the max. The 'GH3-Minute Films’ will be released at the end of March and will be showcased across Panasonic's digital and social platforms as well as selected specialist press titles. RFP will also share the project and its development across a number of their platforms including HungerTV. View the short films from 28th March at http://www.panasonic.co.uk/gh3

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Total comments: 33
Sirio Sirius
By Sirio Sirius (9 months ago)

What I would like to see in a new firmware is the possibility to set a name of the photographer like Copyright in the exif by default !!!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 1, 2013)

Isn't WiFi transfer of video rathter buggy, unless one is very close to a repeater and the files are highly compressed? Were someone shooting 28mbps or 73mbps video, it would be smoother, more reliable, and less risky simply to insert the SDHC card into the computer. Too much work? Well, the real work should be in the editing, not in searching for hotspots and waiting for transfer at 5mbps. People intent on quick uploads of social pictuures or unedited MP4 video to sharing sites will probably use their phones.

The 'GH3-Minute Films’ will surely be seductive, but reflect production budgets that exceed the cost of a car (or even a house), employ heaps of expert editing, and feature soundtracks courtesy of professional musicians. The camera, per se, will reflect a tiny quotient of the result. Tests of camera performance based on side-by-side comparisons of resolution, DR, stabilization, and native sound capture are something entirely different.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Mar 31, 2013)

Nice "movie", ha-ha-ha-ha.

As for the camera being a good value for the money, less money than what the GH3 goes for will get you a Nikon D7100 body with a significantly larger sized sensor.... just sayin'.

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nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (Apr 1, 2013)

No DSLR on the market offers as robust a movie mode, both in image quality and featureset. If you're interested in a video DSLR, this is the best option out there, save for a hacked GH2. And yes, better than a 1D C.. just look at sample footage on Vimeo to see that much. Canon is just banking on brand recognition at this point.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Apr 17, 2013)

acturally NHK uses Nikon mount for their prototype 8K SHV video cameras and we can mount Nikon lenses on Canon bodies, too, so though I don't know if D7100 is a good video camera, I do know and recommend Nikon mount lenses especially the MF ones (made by Nikon or Nike I don't care as long as it's a good lens).

there is no need to get 4/3" lenses if you are serious about video, serious about anything.

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Mar 31, 2013)

A great camcorder, in a camera body. Why don't they hace an affordable cinematic series of MFT lenses ? Would be a fine invesment for those brands....

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (Apr 2, 2013)

Because cine lenses have to have good control over aberrations. Zeiss cine lenses cost $5000-$15,000 each. If you want economy and quality, look at Samyang/Rokinon cine lenses. Most cost $400-$700 and they are excellent. Don't ask for AF though, or the cine people will laugh at you until they collapse.

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Apr 5, 2013)

yeah ! Its hard to be budget hobbyist i know :(

I should stya calm on my corner with my enthusiast P&S and snapping around.

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Gary Goodenough
By Gary Goodenough (Mar 30, 2013)

While not a firmware issue, my greatest disappointment is not having a complete printed manual.

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wood11cr
By wood11cr (Mar 31, 2013)

I'm sorry but that is the most ridiculous thing I have read in quite some time. Why waste all that paper when 90% of the people who use ANYTHING nowadays don't even look at the manual. Download it and print off the pages you need. It's simple and makes way more sense.

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Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Mar 31, 2013)

BUTm if they do not have a printed manual, they should have a better pdf, one that has hot links. Canon did this with some of their manuals.

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putomax
By putomax (Mar 31, 2013)

I understand and totally agree with Gary, not my greatest, but an advanced printed manual is mandatory. 300 pages is a bit too much to burn our eyes with ;) Say you are spending some days in the middle of a remote location, are you bringing you ipad/laptop (solar charger and whatnot) in order to check one of the the zillion options gh3 gives you?
@wood11cr do you actually believe that electronic/online stuff doesn't have a footprint? maybe smaller but it has my friend, it has. also I don't think it is good for your karma to call ridiculous a different approach/interests than yours :)
gashô

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Mister J
By Mister J (Mar 30, 2013)

The Gh3 is an excellent camera, though I chose a G5 for its lighter weight.

The G5 has no mic input, more's the pity, most likely Panasonic protecting sales of the GH3.

Ironically, the enthusiast-level FZ150 does include this feature.

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speculatrix
By speculatrix (Apr 1, 2013)

I am hoping that now there's a downloadable firmware image for the GH3 it will be possible for skilled analysis and hacking in order to add features and tweak things.. and if a G5 firmware release comes it will be possible to hack that too so as to add a load of features from the GH3 where its hardware permits.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (Mar 30, 2013)

it's just too little too late. If they acted faster they could have made differenct impression on the camera but didn't happen.

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (Mar 29, 2013)

Well, for all the moaning, Panasonic are doing a lot better than Sony who just released a silly lens flare app for the NEX (of which I have one in the form of a 5R) instead of focusing on faster lenses and removing the bugs from their WiFi firmware. If Panasonic shrank the GH3 (and the price), I would return to the GH series, having got some great shots with my GH2. (I got an NEX because it fits in my pocket with the new 16-50mm PZ lens, but Sony's handling and software is nothing on Panasonic's.)

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speculatrix
By speculatrix (Apr 1, 2013)

I have a G5 and the video quality is excellent at 1080p. The only disappointment is you can't switch between p24 p30 and p60; the rate is locked in by which country it was manufactured for. So you get p25 and p50, or p30 and p60.

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captura
By captura (Apr 2, 2013)

Well of course, for double the price! The NEX5R is just fine, and the GH3 is a giant overpriced monster!

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Mar 29, 2013)

Great.

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LennyMangini
By LennyMangini (Mar 29, 2013)

But no focus-peaking. Correct?

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Mar 29, 2013)

Correct. Maybe on the next update.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 30, 2013)

We're told it's unlikely:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1806874590/cp-2013-panasonic-interview

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LennyMangini
By LennyMangini (Mar 30, 2013)

Shoot. Well, I'm willing to hold out for the GH5. Or maybe consider the HDC-HS900 instead.

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putomax
By putomax (Mar 29, 2013)

as a GH3 owner I say PANASONIC TRY HARDER!!! firmware doesn't address important issues:

ONLY 10 sec display of info
WB shift at record start
weird audio compression
AE lock to shutter halfpress
48 and 125 shutter speed on manual video
more customizable options to Fn4, i.e. timelapse

feel free to add more ;)

gashô

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the reason
By the reason (Mar 30, 2013)

mine locks ae on shutter half press. go on your menu and look for it

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putomax
By putomax (Mar 30, 2013)

@the reason
my bad, I'll be more specific, caps for clearness: AE LOCK TO SHUTTER HALFPRESS WHILE AF-ON ASSIGN TO AE/AF LOCK BUTTON
in "A" - which is the one I'm interested - "P" or "S" modes if you (focus) AF-ON with your AE/AF Lock button you're unable to lock AE with shtuter halfpress, now, please you try it :)
gashô

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Mar 30, 2013)

Don't use AWB.

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putomax
By putomax (Mar 30, 2013)

only if it means Accept Whatever Brain :P

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putomax
By putomax (Mar 31, 2013)

*correction to shutter speed: I meant 120 instead of 125... "Flkr decrease" mode exists but not in manual video mode

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mdanoff
By mdanoff (Mar 29, 2013)

"Movie focused" is a bit extreme. I tried the Olympus OM-5, and while a wonderful camera, for still photography preferred and purchased the GH3.

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BJN
By BJN (Mar 29, 2013)

I've yet to record any video with my GH3. It replaces an E-M5 that was a nice camera but with too many poor handling issues.

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the reason
By the reason (Mar 30, 2013)

agreed, its ergonomically leagues better than the em5 or just about any slr i have around here

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Gionni Dorelli
By Gionni Dorelli (Apr 2, 2013)

The movie is a nice exercise to shows what the camera could on a production where you would never use it. :P
Using a couple of Alexa plus a set of primes on that shoot, would have added 4/5k maximum. Most of the rigging used on the GH3 would have been the same used on the Alexa or a Scarlet.
Let's be honest, the GH3 is an amazing camera for the money and even a little more, yet when you get a prod, like that, the money available are in excess of 40/50k at least. in that case you will use the 1200 bucks camera for back stage photography and shoot the whole gig with the right camera for the job.

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