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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

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By on 2013/05/06
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Panasonic DMC-GH3 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 125-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-60s
0.50" Built-in EVF 1.7 Megapixels (0.67X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
2 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
WeatherproofHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
Built-in Dust ReductionStereo audio input
6 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 610K Pixels
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