Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review
Raw and Raw Conversion
The GH3 comes with two main pieces of software:
PhotofunStudio 8.5 PE - a photo organization and basic video editing tool. PhotofunStudio provides the ability to find images based on location data (if you've added it or used Wi-Fi to pull it from your smartphone), or by recognized faces.
Silkypix Developer Studio 3.5 PE - A version of Ichikawa Soft Laboratory's Raw processing software, allowing extensive processing of the GH3's Raw files. While it's not our favorite piece of Raw editing software (its layout and complexity can make it a little overwhelming), it gives an awful lot of control over the final output. We struggled to get significantly better results out of Silkypix than the camera was already producing. The main area we'd expect to gain an improvement (noise reduction in high ISO files) is also one of the more complex aspects of Silkypix's interface.
Here are examples of how the camera, its supplied Raw converter and Adobe Camera Raw represent the GH3's output. Obviously the Raw files offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of how they're processed but the default settings, shown here, give an idea for what the manufacturers consider to be a good starting point for processing.
- JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
- Slikypix - Silkypix Developer Studio 3.1 SE
- ACR - Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 (at default 'Adobe Standard' setting)
Sharpness and Detail
One advantage of shooting raw is that it can enable a more convincing rendition of fine detail. The camera's JPEGs aren't sharpening the fine detail as much Adobe Camera Raw but the results aren't far off (and wouldn't be visible in even the largest prints). The camera is doing a better job of pulling detail out of the image than Silkypix (note the lack of detail in the vertical blue feather just left-of-center in this image).
|Adobe ACR -> TIFF (Default output settings)
ISO 200 studio scene 100% crops
|Silkypix -> TIFF (Default output settings)
ISO 200 studio scene 100% crops
|JPEG out of camera, Fine setting, manual WB (all other settings default)
ISO 200 studio scene 100% crop
Neither Adobe Camera Raw nor Silkypix (at its default settings) quite match the camera's JPEG output in terms of fine detail rendering. Impressively, the GH3 shows this detail without its sharpening going too far and showing obvious halos.
|ACR||Silkypix 3.1 SE|
Real world advantages
Our attempts to pull more detail out of the GH3's files using Adobe Camera Raw and fine sharpening didn't significantly out-perform the JPEGs - which is a testament to how well the GH3 is doing (at low ISOs, at least).
The other thing Raw allows you to do is tailor the amount and type of noise reduction used to suit the image. Noise characteristics can depend on the light-source of the scene (natural light includes more green and blue illumination than tungsten light, for instance, so won't produce such noisy images at the same capture settings), so it's handy to be able to carefully tailor the noise reduction to get the best out of each image.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 + G Lumix Vario 12-35 F2.8, F2.8, ISO 5000
|JPEG (Noise Filter On, Sharpness 0)||Raw + ACR 7.4|
|100% crop||100% crop|
Raw files for download
Here we provide raw files from the sample shots we take, to allow you to apply your own workflow techniques and see for yourself the benefits of shooting in raw mode.
- Real world shot ISO 200 (Zipped file - 18.2MB)
- Real world shot ISO 200 (Zipped file - 18.4MB)
- Real world shot ISO 200 (Zipped file - 17.8MB)
- Real world shot ISO 200 (Zipped file - 18.2MB)
- Real world shot ISO 8000 (Zipped file - 17.8MB)
- Real world shot ISO 12,800 (Zipped file - 16.6MB)
- Real world shot ISO 25,600 (Zipped file - 17.1MB)
|The Engineer by EXX|
from Steam Trains
|Madrid subway by MAGMATCICO62|
from Your City - Public Transport
|Incandescent Bulb by Kukla|
from Illuminate- Macro only
|Curiousity by PERCY2|
from Macro - Your Best Macro Ever
|Hoar Frosted Trees by sabishiT3T|
Rotolight has released the Anova Pro 2 circular LED for stills and video, boasting a 70% increase in brightness and what the company describes as "unrivaled battery performance."
Designer Vinicius Araújo has imagined what he believes the perfect Adobe software keyboard might look like. From customizable touch pads, to a scroll wheel, to a little display that shows the tool in use, his design is pretty compelling.
Peak Design has teamed up with Leica to release a limited-edition backpack made special for fans of the Red Dot.
A portrait of an android woman has beaten over 5,700 pictures of humans to take third place in this year’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. The judges were not told the subject was an 'android' until after the winning images were chosen.
Hauling around C-Stands just got a whole lot less annoying thanks to these new Matthews shoulder and roller bags, which can hold two or three C-stand (respectively) plus accessories.
Neal Preston has shot timeless photos of everyone from Led Zeppelin, to Whitney Houston, to Michael Jackson. In this interview, he offers insights into his craft to up-and-comer Elijah Dominique.
Future prosumer Canon DSLRs might feature light-up buttons, if this newly published patent is any indication of the camera company's plans.
Sony's a7R Mark III shoots 42.4MP files at 10fps and incorporates a robust video feature set, large battery, refined ergonomics and more. It certainly looks impressive, but what is it like to use, and how does it stack up against the rest of the market? Find out in our full review.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017 – the Fujifilm X100F takes the bronze and the #3 spot.
There's never been a better time to shop for a new camera, but the number of options available can be overwhelming. In this series of buying guides we've provided customized recommendations for several use cases, from shooting landscapes to buying a first camera for a student photographer.
Shopping for a camera with a set budget? No problem! We've rounded up our favorite cameras, broken them into price brackets and picked the best of the bunch.
Looking for a lightweight compact camera that's easy to bring with you anywhere? Or maybe you're smartphone-shopping and want the one that takes the best picture. And what if you want to shoot from above? In these buyers guides we have recommendations for the best compact cameras, smartphones and drones.
Despite reports to the contrary, analysis of DPReview images by our friend Jim Kasson confirms a disappointing fact: Sony a7R III is still a Star Eater. But there may be some improvements.
As the saying goes: A photo is worth a thousand words. And if you're sending that photo through Facebook Messenger, your thousand words now look twice as nice after today's update to 4K resolution.
Get to know the new Leica CL in short order by giving our 90 second 'First look' video a watch.
Leica has just released the CL, the forth in its series of APS-C L-mount cameras. Despite sharing a name with a camera released in the mid-70s, the new CL is a thoroughly modern ILC, with a 24MP sensor and built-in electronic viewfinder.
The Leica CL is a 24MP rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, which sits alongside the TL2 in the company's APS-C lineup. We've been using one for a few days – check out our gallery of images.
While it shares a name with one of Leica's most popular and affordable cameras of the 1970s, the new CL is separated from its namesake by more than just years. We've been using one for a few days - click through for a detailed first-impressions report.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #4 ranking goes to the Leica M10.
Sigma is discounting 13 different high-performance 'Art' series lenses from today until November 30th. The company is calling it an 'unprecedented' sale.
See DJI's 'AeroScope' drone-tracking technology in action. This is the system that DJI says can help law enforcement and airport (among others) track and identify rogue drones.
iPhone X owners can already accessorize their new phone with high-quality smartphone photography lenses courtesy of Moment's new lineup.
Considering buying Sigma's exciting new 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for crop-sensor E-Mount and M43? Check out these official full-res samples first!
Vimeo has just added support for 8K HDR 10-bit content, making it possible to show up to 75% of the colors the human eye can perceive vs the usual 35%. Take THAT YouTube.
The holidays are coming, but your gear isn't cutting it? It's time to treat yourself!
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and sitting pretty at #5 is the Fujifilm X-T20.
See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.
Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.
Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.