Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Assessment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 takes over the GH2 as Panasonic's flagship mirrorless camera. Its large body is weather-sealed and features triple control-dials among a plethora of buttons to make it efficient in use. The built-in EVF has been upgraded to 1.7 MP and the LCD to 610K pixels to improve viewing.
Inside there is a new 16 MP LiveMOS sensor which delivers very low image noise and relatively good DR. Colors and rendition of details can be nice with some tweaking. WB is a little weak but not very far off. Highly impressive is the fast autofocus speed and a nearly instant shutter-lag.
This mirrorless places a strong emphasis on video features. High-quality capture of 1080p video at up to 60 FPS or low-compression rates of 72 Mbps offered among numerous video options let videographers in control to chose their own compromises.
Luckily, the GH3 turns in an impeccable performance when it comes to video. Starting and stopping filming is instantaneous and a video mode it possible to set framing perfectly before beginning.
While this mirrorless camera offers a highly capable performance and extensive feature set, it finds itself in competition with larger cameras, including DSLRs and Sony SLTs. The main differentiating factor being video handling and performance. As for photographic performance, despite having a similar size, DSLRs still exceed it in terms of dynamic-range and speed.
|Very low image-noise until ISO 800||Below average white-balance system|
|Excellent retention of details even at high ISO||Below average shot-to-shot speeds|
|Good metering system||Modal WB, ISO and EC|
|Very fast autofocus||Long first-shot blackout|
|Short shutter-lag||Wrong Live-Histogram|
|Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor||Exposure-Priority only in M mode|
|Instant video recording start and stop||Lower-rear control-dial too recessed|
|Highly customizable function buttons||Weak LCD hinge and memory door|
|Comfortable ergonomics||Bulky and heavy compared to peers|
|Generally well built|
|Excellent battery-life||Excellent Excellent|
Panasonic DMC-GH3 Facts
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 125-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|0.50" Built-in EVF 1.7 Megapixels (0.67X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|Weatherproof||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Stereo audio input|
|6 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 610K Pixels|
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