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Thanks to its healthy selection of external controls, very little of the GH3 has to be controlled by interacting with the camera's software interface. Many secondary settings (such as image size and AF point mode) can be changed using the camera's Q.Menu, rather than delving into the main menus.
By default the Q.Menu button brings up a compact-camera-like user interface which has 13 parameters ranged across the top and bottom of the screen. You can either scroll through these options using the front control dial or simply press directly on them if you're using the rear screen. Rotating the rear dial then changes the selected setting.
|The 'Preset' Q.Menu offers access to a range of shooting parameters - most of them fairly top-level choices.|
Alternatively, an option on page 6 of the Custom menu allows you to switch from this 'Preset' Q.Menu to a customizable version. This alternate version provides access to ten parameters, arranges ten large buttons spread over two screens. The advantage of this system is that pressing the small 'wrench' button at the bottom left of the menu allows you to populate the menu with your most-changed parameters.
|The 'Custom' Q.Menu offers up to ten of your most-used settings, including more specialized options such as enabling HDR and histograms.
Pressing the Q/wrench button at the bottom left allows you to drag-and-drop your favoured options from a list of 24.
The Q.Menu always begins with the last option you chose, so you can choose to cluster related settings together, to make access as fast as possible
|In a significant upgrade over the GH2, the GH3's viewfinder is an OLED 1.7 million dot equivalent unit. Directly beneath the eyepiece you can see a sensor for automatic switching between the EVF and rear panel display. A diopter adjustment knob juts out slightly from the right edge of the rubber eyepiece cover.|
The GH3 features a new viewfinder panel. Panasonic describes it as 1.7m dot equivalent, which suggests it doesn't use a simple three dot-per-pixel relationship. We know it has a resolution of 853x500 pixels, however.
The EVF gives 100% field-of-view coverage but you only fine yourself using the entire display when shooting in the 16:9 ratio. In other aspect ratios, you end using only a crop of the screen.
|Panasonic claims 0.67x magnification, making the GH3 one of the larger viewfinders in its class - a touch taller than that in the D7100.|
However, we found the viewfinder optics to be disappointing - it's difficult to ever see the whole panel and the corners are fuzzy unless you look straight at them (a problem that gets even worse if you wear glasses). We also found a distinct color cast to the EVF panel, meaning it gave a different (and apparently less accurate) color rendition to the rear screen. No amount of tweaking the fine tune settings in the menu could get the EVF to render greens the way they appear in the final output.
|The GH3's pop-up flash is aligned with the center of the lens mount. It has a relatively low guide number of 13m at ISO 200, but does offer 24mm (equiv.) coverage to match Panasonic's recent 12-35mm F2.8 lens. You can of course attach a more-powerful external flash via the camera's hotshoe.
The GH3 is also the first Panasonic to be able to control an offboard flash wirelessly.
|The GH3 is among the more button-heavy cameras you'll find in any class, with four sitting along the camera's top plate alone. A deeper handgrip design has allowed for a second control dial just behind the shutter button.
The power switch juts out from the mode dial, and you can see status lights for both power and Wi-Fi connection.
|Three of the camera's five customizable Fn buttons are located to the right of the rear OLED. A 4-way control dial with central button sits here as well. Above the 'DISP.' button you can see openings for the GH3's speaker.|
|A fifth Fn button and playback button sit to the left of the EVF. Above them on the camera's shoulder is a drive mode dial, which replaces the AF mode dial found on the GH2.|
|The GH3 has a dedicated drive mode dial, as opposed to the switch operation found in the GH2. A flash PC sync port sits below it on the camera's front plate.|
|A 3.5mm mic socket (versus 2.5mm on the GH2) lies on the camera's left side, eliminating the need for mic owners to use an adapter. You can also see the flash pop-up button located on the viewfinder housing.|
|The GH3 sports the familiar Panasonic thumb dial. With Panasonic's decision to devote the camera's second function dial to drive versus focus mode, a three-position focus mode lever now surrounds the AF/AE lock button, in a design reminiscent of the company's old Four Thirds SLRs.
The movie record button has been moved from the top plate to the rear of the camera.
|The AF assist lamp has been re-positioned - much more sensibly - to the right of the lens mount where you're far less likely to inadvertently block it with your finger.|
|A hotshoe sits atop the viewfinder housing. On either side of it lie the camera's stereo microphones.|
|On the left hand side of the camera is a combined USB/video out connector, and a HDMI port that can be used to connect the GH3 to a monitor or external video recorder.
Above them is a second rubber-flapped door concealing a headphone socket for audio monitoring.
|The GH3's SD card slot sits behind a sprung plastic door on the handgrip.|
|The door to the GH3's battery compartment lies underneath the handgrip. The GH3 uses a high capacity 14Wh Li-ion battery pack (Model DMW-BLF19PP)|
|The camera's tripod socket is aligned with the center of the lens mount, positioned far enough from the handgrip to allow for a battery change when the GH3 is attached to a tripod plate.
The electronic connectors (shown here with cover removed) are for communication the GH3's optional vertical grip.
|That DMW-BGGH3 grip not only allows the use of an additional battery but also duplicates all the GH3's top-panel controls - including its control dials.|
CES 2014: We got our hands on the recently announced Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. It's an ultra-fast portrait prime for Micro Four Thirds that offers an 85mm equivalent field of view. We shot some quick samples mounted on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, including an aperture progression series. We've just added 16 more images to our previously-published gallery, taken with the new lens attached to an Olympus OM-D E-M5. See gallery
CES 2014: We got our hands on the recently announced Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH OIS at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. It's an ultra-fast portrait prime for Micro Four Thirds that offers an 85mm equivalent field of view. We shot some quick samples mounted on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3, including an aperture progression series. See gallery
Panasonic has released firmware updates for its Lumix DMC-GH3 and DMC-G5 mirrorless cameras. Version 1.2 for the GH3 adds 'Low light AF' that works down to -3 EV, a 'Silent Mode', and an 'Exposure Compensation Reset' function. Meanwhile version 1.1 for the G5 only corrects wording of the Motion Picture menu on cameras sold in PAL broadcast regions, and therefore isn't required by US owners. Click through for download links.
Panasonic has posted the promised firmware updates for its movie-focused Lumix DMC-GH3 mirrorless camera, the 14-42mm and 45-175mm power zooms and the 45-150mm lens. The GH3 update adds the ability to shoot 1080p60 footage in MP4 format and lets users connect to a computer via Wi-Fi by entering the computer name (NetBIOS names for Mac). Meanwhile the lens updates promise improved autofocus performance in AF Continuous mode when mounted on the GH3.
Panasonic has announced firmware updates for its Lumix DMC-GH3 high-end movie-focused mirrorless camera, the 14-42mm and 45-175mm power zooms and the 45-150mm. The GH3 update will allow users to connect to a computer via Wi-Fi by entering the computer name (NetBIOS names for Mac). It also adds an MP4 1080p60, 28Mbps mode to video recording. Meanwhile the lens updates promise improved autofocus performance in AF Continuous mode when mounted on the GH3. The updates will be available at the end of this month.
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
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Canon's new normal is seriously sharp wide open. After shooting with it for a few days, we've prepared a gallery of real-world sample images.
Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support, though the company stresses that it will still offer technical assistance and warranty repairs for valid warranties.
Two years ago, CatLABS of JP announced a plan to save Packfilm from the dead. Now, it's announced it's giving up its efforts to better focus its resources elsewhere.
The GoPro Fusion is designed to make it easy to capture 360-degree video and stills. We took it out recently on a typically hot Seattle summer day to see what it can do.
We've got our hands on a full-production Nikon Z7 camera and have updated our gallery with additional samples.
A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for Chroma Chrono, a programmable RGB camera flash that emits multiple colors during long exposures.
Think Tank Photo has launched a new lineup of six dual-access, water-resistant protective lens cases it calls Lens Case Duo.
Canon and Nikon finally entered the full-frame mirrorless market this summer with the brand-new RF and Z mounts. Now that we've had some time with the cameras, we wanted to revisit our earlier predictions and take stock.
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Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of its new Blackmagic RAW video codec. The company says the new format combines the benefits of shooting Raw video with the ease of use and smaller file sizes usually associated with non-Raw video files.
Serif, the company behind the Affinity suite, has announced the latest update for its mobile Photoshop competitor Affinity Photo for iPad.
The Atomos Ninja V external video recorder and monitor will be ready to ship at the end of this month. The 5.2in Ninja V is designed to provide a smaller option, while still offering many of the features of the larger 7-inch models.
Having shot with the camera, spoken to Canon and read the tea leaves, here's what DPR Technical Editor Richard Butler thinks the EOS R tells us about Canon and the RF's mount's future.
After last week's teaser, lighting manufacturer Profoto has announced its 'small big' new product. The B10 is designed to be used as studio flash head but in a very small body, and has a powerful continuous light source for videographers as well.
Konseen has launched Photo Studio, a new light box tent large enough to photograph people, as well as objects.
Seagate has introduced new high-capacity hard drives for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices: the 14TB IronWolf and 14TB IronWolf Pro HDDs.
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Manfrotto has introduced a new two-in-one tripod to its Befree lineup. Called the Befree 2N1, this new addition is both a tripod and monopod in one and is available with both of Manfrotto's locking mechanisms.
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Apple has unveiled the next generation of its iPhone X in the form of three variants: the 5.8" iPhone XS and 6.5" iPhone XS Max with OLED screens, and the 6.1" iPhone XR with an LCD and single rear camera.
Ahead of the launch of the CamRanger II the company has announced a mini version of its wireless remote control system that it says has a longer range than the original in a body half the size.
Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced a trio of fast cinema lenses for full-frame camera systems, that it says will also be available in the future in the LPL mount for Arri’s large format camera system.
LumaPod is a a new tripod being funded on Kickstarter that takes just four seconds to set up and uses patented tension technology to keep your shots steady in a compact design.
X-Rite ColorChecker Video XL is an oversized color target for wide-angle, long distance, and aerial shooting.
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