Panasonic Lumix GH3. My first 3 hours impressions. /1

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Panasonic Lumix GH3. My first 3 hours impressions. /1

I said on other post that I was going to try the GH3 with my friend at Panasonic Portugal, he said it is a later prototype. The finish is already the same as on the final camera. I don't know where to start but maybe the ergonomics is a good place to start writing my first impressions. I went to Park of the Nations here in Lisbon, it is near to the river and have modern buildings surrounding and nice bars and coffee shops to be there looking at the camera, then I went to his office again to look at the images on a large and good Philips monitor on Lightroom. I only took JPEGS, because there is no RAW compatibility. But he said that I could not show ANY pictures here or anywhere, I understood that because it is not a final camera.

  • Ergonomics.

Well, first, the camera is not that big , but it is bigger than the previous model.

The camera came with the new 12-35mm f/2.8 , this lens have impressed me, superb built and image quality and the zoom ring is smooth like honey and precise.
I think the 35-100mm has the same quality.

When I picked the camera I felt a good sensation, it fitted very well in my medium to large hands, there are lot's of FN buttons, and liked to have two control wheels.

The camera is very well built and gives a sensation of being very strong.

To me is the best ergonomics I saw in a micro 4/3 camera , when I played with the EM5 the ergonomics and the menus where one of my criticisms, but I am used to the Panasonic menus that is why I felt a bit strange using the EM5. The GH3 is also more comfortable to use than the GH2 or the G2. Panasonic Lumix really did a very good work when designing this GH3.

The buttons have a nice feeling and I liked the new back controls of the camera.
The camera seems really to be built like a tank.

The design is very good but to me the hump could be a bit bigger, this speaking only about the aesthetics, but maybe Panasonic wanted to be that way to not make the camera larger. This camera is a winner to someone that appreciate good ergonomics and superb build construction with great image quality .

  • The viewfinder

The EVF is great, lot's of detail and good real colors , with a viewfinder like this, in my opinion there is no need for an OVF even like the ones used on the pro DSLR's.
EVF is the future. The LCD has improved also, specially in daylight .

  • Miscellaneous impressions

The shutter noise is more damped and pleasant, at least for me, this may have to do with the new chassis .

The AF is just great, it is really lightning fast , and very precise, it is or gives the impression to be faster than any other micro 4/3 camera. I took some pictures in AFC and the camera did not miss any of the moving subjects, they where all sharp, even using a high FPS.

I really liked that Panasonic putted those control buttons near the shutter, they are easy to use.

  • Image quality

I took around 100 pictures (with the 12-35mm) using all modes and compensations and fine tuning the WB and Photo Styles, I liked much the colors and detail , it seems to have an even more faithful color than the GH2, maybe it is the new improved Venus engine or the sensor it self. Or both.

I have used all the ISO range and ISO 6400 looks very clean to my eyes , I have used the default NR settings, and I can not say for sure but ISO 3200 and 6400 look a bit cleaner than what I have seen from the EM5. Panasonic claim to have new algorithms and they seem to work fine.

DR range is very good, there where some clouds with highlights and the camera took that perfectly, shadows medium and highlights where well reproduced .

ISO 12800 is good and very usable for smaller to medium enlargements, but there is some loss of detail. Anyway this is natural on all cameras even on fullframe DSLR's.

I have used the high ISO on interiors to not have excuses of using daylight. The noise pattern is a bit different and pleasant.

Wish I could have used RAW and convert on Lightroom with my usual settings to see the real quality. But so far the JPEG's have impressed me.

The new high dynamic range worked very well . And the multi exposure function is very welcome. The new low pass filter may be the reason for the detail I saw on the pictures.

I did not tried the electronic shutter.

The new level gauge is a pleasure to use.

Continue on the next post.
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