Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Announced Sep 17, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Sep 17, 2012

The Lumix DMC-GH3 is Panasonic's largest and most enthusiast-friendly Micro Four Thirds camera yet, and features a weather-sealed (dust/splash proof) magnesium alloy body, include 6 fps shooting (or 4fps with live view) and five customizable function buttons. Video professionals will be pleased to see that the GH3 offers timecode-supported broadcast quality video capable of bit rates as high as 72Mbps.

The GH3 has a new (not multi-aspect) Live MOS sensor, three-core Venus 7 FHD processing engine and a new low pass filter. Panasonic claims improvements in high ISO shadow detail, color reproduction and white balance over its predecessor. The GH3 also offers in-camera HDR and multiple exposure image modes, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.

Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 614,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 550 g (1.21 lb / 19.40 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 93 x 82 mm (5.24 x 3.66 x 3.23)
GPS None

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Our review

The GH3 offers the best video quality of any camera we've ever seen and does a pretty good job of making it available to a wide range of users. This footage is available without external recorders, making it ideal for in-the-field shooting as well as more formal rigged-up setups. It's also a pretty handy stills camera with plenty of external controls, making it an impressively flexible package, overall.

Good for: Anyone looking for top-quality video as well as stills.

Not so good for: As a solely stills camera there are better options, both in terms of size and quality.

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