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Camera Menus

Panasonic has tried to make the menus on the GH3 a little prettier than its predecessor's (and a little larger so that they can easily be operated using the touch screen). The result is generally successful and we found slight changes to the screen layout means it's easier to tell where you are within each menu tab.

The menus are long and it's worth spending a few minutes scrolling through them to fully understand the options available to you. Like many high-end cameras, it's a little easy to be overwhelmed by the number of options and the degree of choice offered to you, but it's no worse than cameras from the other major brands.

An initial press of the Menu button brings you directly to the menu settings screen.

Using the 4-way controller, pressing the up or down arrows cycle you through the main menu categories. The screen is also touch-sensitive.

Rec menu

The Rec menu concentrates on the primary properties of the images you're shooting. This includes parameters such as image size and iDynamic. The Rec menu also defines the camera's handling of ISO and flash, and accesses some of the camera's special shooting modes, such as Multi-Exposure and HDR mode.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Photo Style • Standard
• Vivid
• Natural
• Monochrome
• Scenery
• Portrait
• Custom
 
Aspect Ratio  • 4:3
 • 3:2
 • 16:9
 • 1:1
 
Picture Size  • Large (16MB)
 • Medium (8MB)
 • Small (4MB)
 
Quality  • Fine
 • Standard
 • RAW + Fine
 • RAW + Standard
 • RAW
RAW mode stores only the maximum number of pixels of your chosen aspect ratio, not necessarily the entire sensor.
Metering Mode  • Multiple
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
 
Burst Rate  • SH
 • H
 • M
 • L
Selects 20, 6, 4, or 2fps shooting. Live View is not available in SH and H modes. SH mode only available from JPEG mode.
Auto Bracket  • Single/Burst Settings
Single / Burst
 • Step
3 • 1/3
3 • 2/3
3 • 1
5 • 1/3
5 • 2/3
5 • 1
7 • 1/3
7 • 2/3
7 • 1
 • Sequence:
0/-/+
-/0/+
Defines the number and extent of exposure bracketing, along with whether you need to hold the shutter or press once for each exposure.
Self-Timer  • 10 sec.
 • 10 sec. (3 images)
 • 2 sec.
 
i.Dynamic  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Exposure and contrast are adjusted to compensate for scenes requiring a wide dynamic range.
i.Resolution  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
 • Extended
 
HDR  • On
 • Off
 • Set
Dynamic Range
Auto
+/–1EV
+/–2EV
+/–3EV
Auto Align
On
Off
Controls and engages the camera's three-shot 'High Dynamic Range' mode.

This menu option is only available when the camera is set to capture JPEG images
Multi Exposure  • Start
 • Auto Gain
On
Off
 • Set
On
Off
 
Time Lapse Shot  • Start
 • Start Time
Now
Set Start Time
HH:MM
 • Shooting interval Image Count
Shooting Interval
MM:SS
Image Count
XXXX
 
Electronic Shutter  • On
 • Off
 
Shutter Delay  • 8 Sec
 • 4 Sec
 • 2 Sec
 • 1 Sec
 • Off
 
Flash  • Firing Mode
TTL
Manual
Wireless
 • Flash Mode
Flash On
Red-eye reduction
Slow sync
Slow sync + Red-eye reduction
 • Flash Sync
1st
2nd
 • Flash Adjust
–3 to +3EV
 
Red-eye Removal  • Off
 • On
 
ISO Increments  • 1/3 EV
 • 1 EV
 
Extended ISO  • Off
 • On
 
Long Shtr NR  • Off
 • On
Takes a second, dark-frame to allow subtraction of long exposure noise
Shading Comp.  • Off
 • On
 
Ex. Tele Conv.  • Zoom
 • Tele Conv.
 • Off
Only uses part of the sensor, to simulate additional zoom; available in JPEG-only modes.
Digital Zoom  • Off
 • 2X
 • 4X
This feature is accessible in JPEG-only modes.
Color Space  • sRGB
 • AdobeRGB
 
Stabilizer • Normal
• Panning
Normal mode compensates for both up/down and left/right movement. Panning mode corrects for up/down movement only.
Face Recog.  • On
 • Off
 • Memory
Exposure and contrast are adjusted to compensate for scenes requiring a wide dynamic range.
Profile Setup

 • Baby 1
Age
On
Off
Set
Set Birthday
Name
On
Off
Set
Specify Name
Exit
 • Baby 2
Age
Name
Exit
 • Pet
 • Off
 • Set
Baby 1
Age
Name
Exit
Baby 2
Age
Name
Exit
Pet
Age
Name
Exit

Defines the birthdays and names of up to three specified individuals, allowing you to include age and name in the resultant images EXIF.

Motion picture menu

The Motion Picture menu contains all the key settings relating to movie shooting. These include parameters for the footage itself and related settings relating to sound recording and audio monitoring.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Photo Style • Standard
• Vivid
• Natural
• Monochrome
• Scenery
• Portrait
• Custom
 
Rec Mode  • AVCHD
 • MP4
 • MOV
 
Rec Quality   • AVCHD FHD 60p
 • AVCHD FHD 60i
 • AVCHD FHD 30p*
 • AVCHD FHD 24p

 • MP4 FHD 60p
 • MP4 FHD 30p
 • MP4 HD 30p
 • MP4 VGA 30p

 • MOV FHD 60p
 • MOV FHD 30p I
 • MOV FHD 30p
 • MOV FHD 24p I
 • MOV FHD 24p
 • MOV HD 60p I

Specifies image size, frame rate and compression type. Available options are defined by the 'Rec Mode' menu setting.

FHD = 1080, HD = 720 and I indicated 'All-I' compression

* Technically considered 60i (progressive segmented frame) because 30p is not part of the AVCHD standard.
Exposure Mode  • P
 • A
 • S
 • M
Defines the exposure mode for movie shooting - Only accessible when the camera's mode dial is set to 'Movie'
Frame Rate  • Off
 • <40%
 • <48%
 • <80%
 • >160%
 • >200%
 • >300%
 
Picture Mode  • Movie priority
 • Stills priority
 
Continuous AF  • On
 • Off
 
Metering Mode  • Multiple
 • Center weighted
 • Spot
 
i.Dynamic  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Exposure and contrast are adjusted to compensate for scenes requiring a wide dynamic range.
i.Resolution  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
 • Extended
 
Time Code  • Time Code Display
On
Off
 • Count Up
REC Run
Free Run
 • Time Code Value
Reset
Manual Input
Specify value
Current Time
Set TC to current time
 • Time Code Mode
DF
NDF
Defines the behavior of the camera's Time Code mode - what number it starts at, whether it continues when the camera isn't shooting footage and whether it drops certain numbers to compensate for 30fps actually being 29.97fps.
Rec Highlight  • Off
 • On
Only available in Movie mode.
Ex. Tele Conv.  • Off
 • On
Only uses part of the sensor, to simulate additional zoom.
Digital Zoom  • Off
 • 2X
 • 4X
Digital Zoom - crops the image to simulate additional zoom
Flkr Decrease  • Off
 • 1/50
 • 1/60
 • 1/100
 • 1/120
Reduces flicker effect from artificial lighting. Not available in Movie mode.
Silent Operation  • Off
 • On
Only available in movie mode
Mic Level Disp.  • Off
 • On
Live display of sound level being detected by microphones
Mic Level Adj. Level 1 - 19
Special Mic  • Stereo
 • Mono
Controls behavior of an external microphone
Headphone Sound  • Realtime
 • REC Sound
Dictates whether you hear sound directly from the mic or when it is recorded
Wind Cut  • Auto
 • High
 • Standard
 • Low
 • Off
 
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Total comments: 4
KZMike
By KZMike (1 month ago)

Can anyone tell me if the TimeLapse output from the GH3 is single frames or is it a video clip @ 24/30 or XX frames per second. . .>>>> never mind. . . a second look at DPR's review, I found were the final output is individual frames, although in playback mode the GH3 will play those frames as a video clip. ..

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driftnomore
By driftnomore (9 months ago)

dpr- can you always include every model's shutter actuation in the specification page....? thank you.

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ceving13
By ceving13 (10 months ago)

The comparison of the different viewfinder sizes is wrong! It claims that the viewfinder of the GH3 has a 4:3 ratio although the correct ratio is 16:9. The red rectangle must be much wider or flatter.

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perry rhodan
By perry rhodan (Aug 31, 2013)

Really don't understand the rating of the jpeg compared to OMD em5. In text it seems a lot worse, in bars it's just a tiny hair worse. Whats with this? Both can't be right!

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