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

Started Sep 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
Fredrik Glckner Veteran Member • Posts: 3,678
Re: in this day and age

Gato Amarillo wrote:

It looks as if the GH series is going to aim more for the video folks and I doubt many of them will complain about the size.

have to disagree with you. When I look at the GH3, and the new f/2.8 X lenses, then it is clear to me what Panasonic is aiming for: To create an alternative to the classic photojournalist still camera package. The GH3 does not look and feel like a video optimized camera, but rather like a modern pro DSLR, albeid with some video capabilities added.

If they were truly aiming to satisfy the video needs only, then the new 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses should have had power zoom, and perhaps even powered focus operated with a lever. The focus is of course powered already, but operated with a ring, which is not as easy to handhold while video recording as a lever operated focus.

And besides, a video optimized camera doesn't look like the GH3. Take a look at the Panasonic AG-AF100, Sony NEX VG10 or Canon C300 for some examples of what video optimized rigs look like.

To me, the GH3 is still a photographer's camera. Very much so. Out of the ergonomics, I'd say the tilt/swiwel LCD screen is the only thing that points towards video use.

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