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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 Black Digital Camera Body is a compact system camera that takes the full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses. Designed from the ground up, the Panasonic GH3 body has been totally re-engineered to incorporate a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, a 4-CPU Venus Engine and a newly created low-pass filter. The GH3 is built with a magnesium-alloy frame and is tightly sealed to form a splash and dustproof design. The highly sensitive ISO range from 200-12800 (extendable to 125-25600) and extensive noise reduction provides you with remarkable images even in dim lighting. By adopting touch control shooting, the focus is immediately set to the subject by touching it on the large 3.0” (610k-dots) free-angle OLED monitor. Additional highlights of the Panasonic GH3 include a HDR mode, a Live View Finder (with 100% coverage) and Full HD 1080p recording at 50p. More
April 2013 - The GH3 isn't small, at all. It is built to be handled, held and used. It's for people who want a bigger, more stable platform, especially for larger lenses and adds a bucket load of video on top. This flagship is Pro grade and no nonsense pushing Lumix higher up the market than ever before.
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June 2013 - The last few years have played host to arguably the most significant development in the digital camera market we’ve seen yet – that is, the introduction of the Compact System Camera. In this buying guide we take a closer look at all the things you need to consider when choosing one. Read more... »
New 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
The DMC-GH3 features a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with a level of sensitivity that produces flowing gradation from shadows to highlights. High resolution and a wide dynamic range create truly stunning images that look like you could reach out and touch them. High sensitivity ISO 12800 (extended: ISO 25600) and extensive noise reduction give you remarkable images even in dim lighting.
New Venus Engine
The new Venus Engine has an unprecedented ability to process both still and video signals with razor-sharp clarity. 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) and Multiprocess Noise Reduction (MNR) work together to attain superb noise-reducing performance. Four CPUs process these signals instantly to render images with excellent definition and lifelike ambience.
Newly Designed Low-Pass Filter
New technology has also been applied to the low-pass filter on the surface of the Digital Live MOS Sensor. The new filter optimizes the conventionally conflicting effects of increasing resolution while suppressing moire. The unwanted data that leads to moire and false color is effectively eliminated while maintaining high resolution.
Electronic Shutter Function
Both the front and rear curtains in the DMC-GH3's shutter system are driven electronically for vibration-free operation. This ensures crisp still-life images and landscapes with no pixel shifting.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
To cope with the extreme bright and dark contrast that you get, for example, with backlighting, consecutive photos are taken with different exposure levels and overlapped. Blown highlights and blocked shadows are then deleted and a single photo is composed. All processing is done in the background, so you can take your next shot without having to wait, ensuring that you don't miss a photo opportunity.
Top-Class Aspherical Lenses
Lumix G lenses are all developed in-house. Their quality is inspected by the UA3P Ultra-High Accuracy 3D Profilometer, an instrument that was originally developed by Panasonic and is now used by optical manufacturers all over the world. Panasonic’s collaboration with Leica Camera AG also resulted in stringent quality standards for these advanced lenses and a system in which each and every lens is inspected.
In the DMC-GH3's Contrast AF system, the image sensor doubles as the AF sensor to resist any mechanical margin of error. Compared with Phase Difference AF, the focusing is precise even at small F-numbers. A faster sensor and engine also achieve a higher focus detection speed than competitive models.
Shooting with the viewfinder has been further enhanced in the DMC-GH3. Exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, and white balance controls are positioned around the shutter button to make operation fast and easy while looking at the viewfinder.
With Full-area Focusing, any place you touch on the rear monitor is a focus point. There's no need to have your subject in the center of the frame. DMC-GH3 owners are released from focus point limitations, and free to frame their shots as they please.
Acceleration sensors inside the camera detect the horizontal condition. A level gauge indicating the two directions of horizontal lean and front/rear tilt is displayed. The camera's portrait/landscape orientation is also detected, and photos are automatically displayed in the correct orientation whatever lens is used.
Pinpoint AF is handy when you want to set the focus point more precisely. Simply touch the rear monitor to expand the surrounding area. Then drag the screen to move the crossshaped marker in the center to the exact place you want to focus. This allows detailed adjustment in a small focus area.
Double OLED Display
High-quality, high-speed organic EL displays are used for both the Live View Finder and the rear monitor. These rapid displays, which feature 100% coverage, exhibit no perceptible time lag, and ensure that your subject is shown with natural coloring. The Eye Sensor automatically switches between the Live View- Finder and the rear monitor, for smooth, easy shooting with both.
When manually focusing, simply touch a part of the rear monitor to enlarge the image by 4x, 5x or 10x, to aid in focusing. The 4x enlarged image is displayed in the framing screen, so you can focus while viewing the entire composition.
New Tough Battery
The newly developed Tough Battery allows reliable, extended shooting of both photos and videos. You can shoot approx. 540 images with H-HS12035 (CIPA Standard).
Magnesium Alloy Full Diecast Frame
The DMC-GH3 is the first in the LUMIX G series to use a magnesium alloy frame. Its lightweight yet durable body brings ruggedness to the compact size of the digital single lens mirrorless camera to provide flexible shooting virtually anywhere.
SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter)
To eliminate dust and other foreign matter that might otherwise enter the camera when changing lenses, SSWF(Super Sonic- Wave Filter) that vibrates approximately 80,000 times/second is mounted between the low-pass filter and the shutter. Each time the power is turned on, the filter oscillates the sensor surface to automatically remove dust and other particles.
A splash/dustproof design is achieved by tightly sealing the joints and control components of the DMC-GH3 body. This heavyduty design meets the needs of active outdoor photographers everywhere.
SD Card - UHS-I
The DMC-GH3 uses a variety of advanced recording media, including the SDXC, SDHC, and SD Memory Cards. Topping them all is the maximum speed of the UHS-I high-speed data transfer standard. It lets you transfer your valuable shooting data at lightning fast speeds.
The DMC-GH3 gives you 1920 x 1080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) Full-HD recording. Progressive scanning records every frame, so the amount of data contained is twice that of interlace scanning, and the images have extremely high definition.
Smartphone or Tablet Linking
The Wi-Fi function lets you use your smartphone to make settings and press the shutter button remotely, a short distance from the camera. The auto transfer function is handy for automatically backing up photos onto a tablet. This lets you monitor them on the tablet without having to upload them to a PC. You can also start timer interval video recordings from your smartphone. And you can use GPS data to simultaneously record the shooting location onto your images.
3 Photographers. One Camera. World-renowned photographers Daniel Berehulak, Ira Block, and Kazuo Unno took their GH3's to India, the USA, and Malaysia respectively to showcase the camera’s performance - with stunning results.
The Panasonic GH3 sample images can be found on the Panasonic website.
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better than i expected,well pleased
About Me Photo Enthusiast
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have been using it for wildlife photography and have even been able to photograph dragonflies in flight, which is a test for any camera.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The jury's still out......
from NW England
Well it was this or the GH4. Problem is the GH4 is nearly twice the price of the GH3, and for still images at least, the output is very similar.I don't do much video so the 4k of the GH4 didn't really interest me, however the GH3 is lacking in a few areas namely - poorer EVF (though not as bad as some reviews would have you believe), lower resolution LCD, No focus peaking, No auto ISO in manual mode, much slower maximum frame rate, and surprisingly, a poorer wifi experience (using the Panasonic IOS app) than the later GH4 and GX7 cameras.Having said all that, at current prices, the GH3 works out at nearly half the GH4 price, and since the still image output is very similar to the GH4, I decided to save my money and buy lenses instead with the difference.Now if Pansonic could address all the above issues with a GH3x, but leaving out 4K video (reserving that for the GH4), at a hefty price advantage over the GH4, it would get the full 5 stars. As it is, it's 4 stars but could so easily have been nearly perfect. Maybe next time Panasonic.
Robust, but compact, camera!
The GH3 is compact, yet feels like a DSLR to hold. In manual, the dual control wheels which manage both Shutter and Aperture are great, and generally all the controls you commonly need are on the body and to hand.Really, it's a pleasure to use.
upgrading from GH2 to GH3 for video
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
The GH2 was a great camera for video, but the GH3 is a significant improvement. Build quality, video bit rates, video file formats, audio support, menu design are all much better. I've already recommended it to a friend who's bought it and is blown away. Only the GH4 could be better - but the GH3 at this price?!
A great little camera
By M M
A light handy camera to carry around. Good picture quality. Great video and spot on exposure. I am very happy with this camera and hope to add a couple of lens to it over the next few months
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2ys on and still great
About Me Pro Photographer
Bought this with the crazy offer of the free grip, battery AND the PanaLeica 25mm 1.4! That's more camera than most would need and a lens that is highly regarded. Basically the camera was almost free. I have shot mirrorless professionally for over 18 months and this is the most pro model I have owned. The build is better than some Canon cameras from my past experience and the video absolutely floors everything else (except the GH4 for the most part). Panasonic give you just the right amount of control dials and buttons so you can quickly adjust any setting you fancy. This is made even better by the inclusion of three custom save spots on the mode dial. I have mine set for large jpegs in aperture priority, highest quality video and then the third spot has three separate bits places to it. Those have been filled with regular video needs. Having owned the Panasonic G6 since it's release, the GH3 displays and the WiFi have certainly dated. Although perfectly usable they aren't the same quality that are in the G6 (a very underrated camera). Can't wait to get my hands on a GH4 once they come down to my level of budget but in the meantime I am going to have a lot of fun with the GH3.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I seen the GH3 and wanted it but could not justify the expense of buying another camera to replace my GX1 of which I rate very highly as a quality product in every way, but temptation got the better of me, I have had the GH3 only for a short time but already it is proving a pleasure to use, it is much better balanced with the bigger lenses plus the controls are laid out better, more to hand, and picture quality just stunning,
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
" The best camera so far from Panasonic
By Dave h
I have had the G1 GH2 and now this GH3 this is the best so far from Panasonic
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing for the budget filmmaker
By Si Banthorpe
I purchased this camera based on it's movie capabilities. It really is something special. Straight out of the camera good and creates a flawless workflow with regards to video editing software, in my case, Adobe Premiere. One gripe is that the part of the software bundled with the product (not that I would use it but others might) is that it's Windows only and not Mac - bit of a surprise and a shame. Regardless the camera is light but compact and solid. It doesn't feel cheap. Got a whole host of on screen display options with an EVF that can display the same things. It's clear and precise. It's easy to find a camera that takes great photos now (that's why everyones doing it) but to find movie recording quality at bitrates at this level and price is unheard of. I can't compare it to the GH2 (or rather a hacked GH2) as I never owned one. My other camera is a Canon 600D and whilst that in itself is a great all rounder, the GH3 is simply on a whole other level. I own the 35-100mm 2.8 and the 25mm 1.4 Panasonic lenses and I really don't fell like I need anything else right now other than maybe a macro lens eventually. I use a Rode Videomic Pro attached to the camera for sound recording during move mode and adjust levels to suit the situation through the camera. Whilst not perfect for sound, it's a hell of a lot better than the Canon 600D in this area. Couldn't recommend the camera enough. It's possibly the first camera I've owned that simply delivers on all levels. After experiencing Sony, Nikon and Canon, both my photography and more importantly (to me) my videography needs are finally satisfied... well until the GH4 anyway.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Just like a DSLR but Better
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I am moving from a full Nikon system of D300/D200/D100 and a number of FX and DX lenses to the M43 system. The big change is the size of the lenses. my camera plus all 4 M43 lenses I have is less weight than the D300 with the 70-200 2.8 FX lense and that includes the equivalent 35-100 2.8 m43 lense. The EVF takes a bit of getting used too but once that's happened there are major benefits of all the data you need in the viewfinder not just on the back of the camera including level information and a live histogram.Overall very happy with the camera and the more I use it the better it feels and the controls are easy to use. Not really used the video capability to any extent so cannot comment but the video I have taken has been good.
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