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  • Full Area Touch Control Auto Focusing
  • Cinematic Full HD Video 1080/60p (H.264)
  • Ruggedized Splash and Dust Proof Diecast Body for Ultimate Reliability
  • High Speed Contrast AF Accuracy
  • Built in Wi-Fi and double OLED Display
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches ; 1.2 pounds
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 Body (No Lens) Compact 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor, Splash-and-Dustproof, Cinematic Full HD Video, Touch LCD Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Black


Professional Grade Sensor Technology
Four Thirds

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. Panasonic's original pixel-mix technology is designed exclusively to minimize noise generation. The fine wiring provides high resolution and a wide dynamic range creating 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. 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 and achieves a higher focus detection speed than most traditional DSLR models.

Double OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) Display
LVF

Master your frames with super fast double OLED displays used for both the Live View Finder and the rear monitor. These OLED displays give you 100% vision field and withstand bright daylight scenes to provide natural coloring with virtually imperceptible time lag. The Eye Sensor automatically switches between Live View Finder (LVF) and the rear monitor offering 614K dots with seven brightness levels, seven color levels, 11 red-green color levels and Blue-Yellow levels. The GH3K compact wireless digital camera's Touch Pad offers Full-area focusing on any point you touch so there's no need to have our subjects in the middle of the shot and you can frame your shots as you please. With Level Gauge, the camera detects angle views so that photos shot in portrait will appear vertically, regardless of the lens used. In Free-angle Rear Monitor mode, your wide-viewing angle rotates sideways 180° and tilts up-and-down 270° so you can get those low-and-high angles. Assist manual focusing by enlarging the image on the monitor by 4x, 5x or 10x with a simple touch of the rear monitor.

Go Hollywood and Create Cinematic-quality Videos with Creative Special Effects on the GH3K Compact Digital Camera
Full HD

If you're eager to test your movie-making skills, then these advanced technologies developed by Panasonic for its professional broadcasting equipment, are just right for you. Not only does the camera give you Full-HD recording but progressive scanning records every frame, so twice the data is retained. Three types of quick-motion, 80%, 48% and 40% slow-motion video let you apply a variety of effects to the video timeline. An embedded Time Code makes it easy to synchronize your video footage or sound source in your post production workflow. The HDMI terminal easily connects to a large screen monitor, the 3.5-mm-diameter, general purpose mic jack allows for sound synched recording and the 3.5-mm-diameter headphone output terminal provides for real-time sound monitoring while shooting.

Click to see the DMC-GH3's wide variety of recording formats, frame rates and bit rates used by broadcasting stations and production studios.

Field Tough For The Harshest Of Environments
Splash/Dust Proof

The light weight LUMIX DMC-GH3 mirrorless camera is rugged enough to withstand the rigors of professional use in virtually an environment. With a completely re-engineered body from its core, the magnesium alloy full die cast frame features tightly sealed joints to form a splash and dustproof design and added protection.

Professional Speed and Precision
DMC-GH3K
Contrast AF provides higher accuracy while Light Speed AF locks on to fast moving objects.
Light Speed AF

Offering the best of both worlds for pro shooters, Light Speed AF is not only precise, its speed excels that of other high-end DSLRs. With Contrast AF (Auto Focus), the image sensor controls your focus giving you a greater range to create crisp, clear images. Light Speed AF is great for recording fast moving subjects like your little leaguer, migrating birds, or your best friend bungee jumping. And since you have a full-area AF touch, you select your desired field of vision. Additionally, Light Speed AF quickly locks onto a subject, making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects like your son, the dirt bike rider. 

Customizable Hand Control with Conveniently-placed Buttons for Superior Shots

Shooting with the viewfinder has been further enhanced in the DMC-GH3K compact mirrorless digital camera. 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.

The camera allows for you to customize a total of 7 function buttons (5 in button and 2 in touch menu tab) by allotting a function you use often. Custom Mode 1 and 2 let you register a series of settings you use often so you can instantly recall a pattern of the settings, Custom Mode 3 lets you register patterns for up to 3 more settings.

Focus, Shoot and Monitor Using Your Smart Phone or Tablet
Wifi

Built-in Wi-Fi takes your LUMIX compact mirrorless digital camera right into your social media circles. A Smartphone or a tablet can be used as your remote control and monitor. Focus on a sunrise with your GH3K and see it LIVE on your Smartphone or tablet. Use your device to set your focus, exposure compensation, ISO, WB and even Photo Style as well as your shutter release. You can also record in the moment and even geo-tag your location by using your device's GPS log. Playback your footage to assure you are in the right frame so you can adjust or continue shooting. Instantly share your images from your camera using the LUMIX LINK app.

Redesigned Venus Engine with Intelligent Resolution Technology
Venus Engine

A redesigned Venus Engine produces clear, crisp photo and video images. Its MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) quickly detects brightness in every part of a shot and its HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures taken at different exposure levels to turn into a single composite picture that eliminates over-or-under-exposure. The 3DNR reduces noise and clarifies rough edges.

Intelligent Resolution technology detects outlines, intricate texture, and gradation thus precisely processing pixel by pixel to render true-to-life color reproduction that is spot-on.

Heat Disbursing Body For Extended Use

Right from its initial design stage, the GH3K pursued a hybrid structure by incorporating an original heat-dispersing design that enhances super high bit-rate recording and extended continuous shooting for extended amounts of time without overworking your camera.

Accessories for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3
H-H020
H-H020
LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH Lens
H-FS45150
H-FS45150
LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm H-FS45150 Lens For G Series Cameras
H-HS12035
H-HS12035
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH Lens
H-HS35100
H-HS35100
Professional Grade X Series 35-100mm F2.8 Telephoto Zoom Lens
H-VS014140
H-VS014140
LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
DMW-FL360
DMW-FL360
TTL metering, FP emission capable, external flash GN36

LUMIX G-Series Comparison Chart
Type
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Lens
Body Only
14-42mm Zoom Lens
Body Only
Body Only
14-42mm Zoom Lens
14-42mm Zoom Lens
Image Sensor Type
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Camera Effective Pixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.0 Megapixels
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD Ver2.0 compliant / MPEG4-AVC (H.264) : .MOV, .MP4
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Images)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-PS14042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-FS45150
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-PS14042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-FS45150
AVCHD with picture quality set to Approx. 230 min with H-HS12035 / Approx. 210 min with H-VS014140
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 120 min with H-VS014140
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 120 min with H-VS014140
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014
Time Code (Motion Images) (Except MP4)
n/a
n/a
ON/OFF, Count Up : Rec Run/Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode : Drop frame/Non-drop frame selectable(NTSC only)
n/a
n/a
n/a
WiFi
n/a
n/a
IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz - 2462MHz (11ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
n/a
n/a
n/a
Viewfinder Type
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent),
Field of View: Approx.
100%, Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1,
Eye Point: Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent),
Field of View: Approx.
100%, Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1,
Eye Point: Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
OLED Live View Finder (1,744K dots equivalent),
Field of View: Approx. 100%,
Magnification: Approx. 1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equivalent),
Eye Point: Approx. 21 mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
Live View Finder (1,533,600 dots equiv.),
Field of View: Approx. 100%,
Magnification: Approx. 1.42x / 0.71x (35mm camera equiv.) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1,
Eye Point: Approx. 17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
Live View Finder (1,533,600 dots equiv.),
Field of View: Approx. 100%,
Magnification: Approx. 1.42x / 0.71x (35mm camera equiv.) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1,
Eye Point: Approx. 17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
n/a
AF Mode
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint / (Full area touch is available)
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint)
Other Modes
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist, Shutter AF, / Half Press Release
Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 200 /400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3, 1EV step) / (Extended ISO125-less under 200, ISO more over 12800-25600 Available) (Up to ISO3200 in Auto)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 400 / 500/ 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 400 / 500/ 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Shutter Speed
Still Images: Bulb (Max.120), 1/4000 ~ 60 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Still Images: Bulb (Max.120), 1/4000 ~ 60 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Still Images: 1/4000-60 and Bulb, Motion image: 1/16,000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes) Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Scene Guide (Still Image)
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Portrait (Normal / Soft Skin / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative) / Scenery (Normal / Nature / Architecture / Creative) / Close-up (Flower / Food / Objects / Creative) / SCN (Peripheral Defocus / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Sunset / Party / Sports / Baby 1,2 /Pet)
Portrait (Normal / Soft Skin / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative) / Scenery (Normal / Nature / Architecture / Creative) / Close-up (Flower / Food / Objects / Creative) / SCN (Peripheral Defocus / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Sunset / Party / Sports / Baby 1,2 /Pet)
Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Creative Control (Still Image)
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
n/a
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(Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Low key / Sepia / High Dynamic / Toy effect / Miniature effect

Product Description

Panasonic DMC-GH3 16.1 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) - Black DMCGH3KBODY Digital Cameras

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Pictures are nice and sharp (even with a crappy kit lens) and the ability to take on other lenses with the corrects adapters is simply great. Read more ›
I havent put it through to much but its been to 6 counties so far while traveling in my checked bag and it hasnt missed a…It Takes perfect pictures and even better video. Read more ›
We used the GH3 on a three camera video shoot last month. It had the best image over our Sony EX3 and Panasonic AgAC160 video cameras, impressive. If you want to monitor… Read more ›
Bought this camera after purchasing the Lumix G5 as it had more possibilities (mainly Wi-Fi). This camera takes awesome pictures. I am still a beginner with photography but… Read more ›
Execellent performance in all departments, specially in videos. The GH3 is a very well balanced camera aimed towards open-minded professional photographers. Read more ›
In terms of video quality, the GH3's high bitrate modes produce stunning results. I now have one camera that does everyhting I need it to do - and it does it all very well. Read more ›
Picture and video quality are great. I purchased the camera in May, 2013 But I would not purchase now if I have know about the problems I would experience with the camera… Read more ›
Compact, light and Powerfull! Perfect for video and good for stills. Read more ›
It allows for quicker, noiseless shots if you want. We use this for professional video work at resolution/frame rate of 1080i 60p. Read more ›
I have been a professional videographer for the last 20 years, so I have owned a lot of cameras in my life. The GH3 was my choice for this year, over similars from Canon… Read more ›
The absolute best video quality attainable…This camera has established itself as a true professional video capture device in the right filmmakers hands- it's that GOOD! A… Read more ›
Now that I have the GH3, the high frame rates are already there. This camera takes AMAZING video! And now I'm starting to experiment with photos, and they are awesome too. Read more ›
The menu system is crowded and suffers from too many sub-pages that must be…Canon's menu layout is simpler, with only horizontal scrolling and less menu pages overall. Read more ›
To top all that off, i was afraid…However, with all the buttons and simple menus, this camera is great for beginners like me and for people who know what they are doing. Read more ›
Then the more I thought I should get a real good camera vs…I currently had a G6 and loved it(G6 is a great still camera, light and very versatile with great features. E… Read more ›
A great camera, menu's easy to navigate, my sixth Lumix camera. Video is one of the main reasons I purchased, plus it was on sale. Read more ›
A fellow video shooter with a Canon 1D was impressed with the…I like the extras like Level Gauge, Intravalometer and WiFi to name a few useful features added to the GH3. Read more ›
I tend to shoot RAW and manual but I did switch to JPG for a couple…I have not been impressed with the EM5 HDR shots as they just look like typical "overcooked" HDR shots. Read more ›
The body is light, plastic and will not take the beating other photo cameras can and do. It's also critical to have decent lenses and they are not cheap. I've been using… Read more ›
For dynamic range, I can understand. For ISO performance, why not try a faster lens if possible? Read more ›
Battery life is great, the…With two lenses (the 35-100mm H-HS35100 and the 25mm Leica Summilux) I get great photos everywhere and all I need now is a nice macro lens. Read more ›
The 12-35mm in 35mm speak is…These two lenses are very hight quality made lens and compared to the big full framed lenses very lightweight, but extremely well made. If… Read more ›
Micro Four Thirds is not going away any time soon. There's lots of great lenses available, and many more coming out. There's also adapters for many other lens formats, so… Read more ›
So it's fast and easy to visually set white balance or to creatively warm or cool the scene and know exactly how it will look. - Incredible selection of lenses. I sold my… Read more ›
Audio great, size great, I have nothing bad to say about my new best friend, and I've been a canon fan for ever I have to say, but this little one won me over instantly… Read more ›
First, one would think that downsizing from a full size DSLR (I had a Canon 7D) would be a major shock, and something that would take a long time to get accustomed to. But… Read more ›
I've not found that the available grip is…Adding it does add some extra weight, but it is still far, far less than a full size DSLR with an "L" (Canon) type premium lens. Read more ›
I'm still in a "comparison" mode with it between my old 7D, but so far, the…And if you're tired of schleping around all of your full size gear, The GH3 is the way to go. Read more ›
Edit 03/24/2013 - I just wanted to add that there are a couple of areas where the GH3 is lacking as compared to a full size DSLR (at least at the pro-sumer level). As far… Read more ›
On to the Panasonic GH3.... Right out of the box this camera fit my hand (somewhere between medium to large glove size) like the proverbial glove. I found all the buttons… Read more ›
I use it for video, the OLED touchable display is wonderful, best ever from all of cameras I used. Video function is powerful & tons of features, you might need a little… Read more ›
Makes moving the focus point extremely easy and a lot more enjoyable compared to DSLR methods. + OLED SCREEN Flexibility - Screen is fully articulating. Meaning you can get… Read more ›
The new OLED screen is simply stunning and accurately displays color and exposure, even in bright outdoor shooting. I find myself leaving an external monitor at home for my… Read more ›
* EVF is bright and clear. * Fully articulated screen is a plus. Not only adjusts to any angle, but folds in flat to save the screen. Read more ›
Much of the time I can recover highlights from a single exposure, rather than having to resort to exposure bracketing…Battery life is excellent, and the LCD is first-rate. Read more ›
If wireless isn't your…I have to believe the fully articulated touch screen will let you make difficult shots easy, such as doing macro on a product at a weird angle. T… Read more ›
Many people have already stated this but coupled with the right lenses this camera gives absolutely…Color performance was the best out of camera of any that I have used. Read more ›
Here the GH2 has blotchy noise, a muddy green cast in the…The GH3 retains finer grain all the way up to ISO 6400, the colors are bright and the images are actually usable. Read more ›
Favorite part so far: putting vintage glass on the GH3 gives old…Not sure why from a technical standpoint but photos are crisp, evenly colored and lovely with legacy glass. Read more ›
This is…- Great video codecs that provide excellent footage straight out of the camera and create files that respond very well to color grading or anything else in post. Read more ›
- Important video friendly features such as great audio, an audio monitoring jack, powerful and convenient color adjustment, fast and slow motion video in camera, unlimited… Read more ›
And the best thing is it doesn't have any focus issues like the latest nikon camera's are plagued with. I was really impressed with the color depth, iso and dynamic range. Read more ›
It handles like a professional camera and not like a toy. Battery life is excellent compared to the Olympus. Build in future's as time-lapse and bracketing are great. Read more ›
Much of the time I can recover highlights from a single exposure, rather than having to resort to exposure bracketing…Battery life is excellent, and the LCD is first-rate. Read more ›
Other considerations: - the battery life is fantastic - I've shot 8 hour days on just two batteries - the 1080/60p slow mo is fantastic - streets ahead of the 720/60p slow… Read more ›
I love this camera. Battery life is great, the pictures are amazing, and the video that I get out of it consistently impresses people. With two lenses (the 35-100mm… Read more ›
Technical specs I think are conservative on the lifespan of a charge,…This is the best camera battery I've ever encountered, letting me shoot far longer than I am used to. Read more ›
The only downside is that…The camera can also be set to go into sleep mode when timelapsing in long intervals, further saving it's already outstanding battery life. To… Read more ›
The video quality is fantastic. The camera is loaded with features, has a solid build and turns out great looking video. The image this camera produces rivals and often… Read more ›
All I can say is that I love it. Good solid build and awesome video. Even my pictures are great. Read more ›
As they say third times a charm. Image quality is excellent, video is awesome and the build quality WoW! The price of the GH3 is getting cheaper (only $200 more than G6). Read more ›
I orginally bought the Nikon D600, but after going through several of them due to dreaded oil spots and fast dust build up, I returned them. Nikon Tech support refused to… Read more ›
The GH3 now has a more solid weatherproofed build and the buttons are laid out like a true DSLR. It's like the GH2 has grown up to compete head to head in the DSLR market. Read more ›
But can it really compete with the big…You can read about the improved build and other new features in many reviews, but I'm going to focus here mostly on image quality. Read more ›
Unlike the E-M1, it was no effort to keep the crosshairs of the…* The point focus is very nice--temporarily zooms your view so that you can be sure the focus is right on. Read more ›
S…The video is great, the other lens I have (the 14-140mm is still back-ordered) is great, and the IQ (including the IQ of the 100-300mm when I get it to focus) is excellent. Read more ›
The viewfinder is therefore optical. Focussing is faster too, but video is poor by comparison with the GH3. So avoid the GH3 unless you've tried the EVF and know you can… Read more ›
It seems that no matter how quickly I move the camera around and take the picture, it is always totally in…Even shooting at night, the focusing capabilities are incredible. Read more ›
The beauty with this camera is that you can choose any type…I would recommend manual lenses for video but it is nice to have autofocus ones when you want to go run and gun. Read more ›
I rented a 14-140 f4.0-5.6 lens that did this and the autofocus worked…Autofocusing eliminates the need for peaking but most serious videographers like manual focusing. T… Read more ›
The location of levers and buttons are logically placed. I initially thought the lever to change from AF to MF was in a bad place and hard to turn. Read more ›
Video quality is remarkable for a still camera. The GH3 offers tons of control - including 3 custom settings, 5 function buttons and a very accurate touch screen. The build… Read more ›
Magnesium body (feels really solid), better video and stills quality than the already-very good GH2, much better video recording codecs, expanded ISO perfromance, all sorts… Read more ›
The various controls were a good size and…With 7 programmable Function buttons and 5 Custom camera settings the camera can be easily configured to meet almost any need. Read more ›
I love the many customizable function buttons. There's a list of menu items you can assign to them. Read more ›
Image quality can get noisy very quickly if you up the ISO. programmable function buttons, good. people complain about the the rotary dial...it's a non-issue Everyone… Read more ›
The GH3 has to be one of the most fun cameras to use (I've shot with Pro Nikon gear for years). I shoot weddings and family portraits both in studio and outdoors. Read more ›
I…A lot people grouse about sensor size but the pictures and video i get out of the beast rival the best DSLRs I've used (video surpasses, really) and it's great fun to use. Read more ›
Lightweight weather proof excellent picture/video. It is easy to use and offers many advanced features. You won't regret your purchase. Read more ›
The low light raw performance is great(at least a huge improvement from the GF1), and when you click down the shutter it responds immediately…It just feels great to use. Read more ›
The Leica/Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 for…Since the camera body is bigger, it's easier to use those lenses--I'm not sure I would recommend using the 35-100mm f/2.0 lens with it. Read more ›
You can shoot silently in RAW up to ISO 1600. It's great to use it with the inbuilt intervalometer for timelapse so you don't have to use the physical shutter. Read more ›

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123 of 132 people found the following review helpful By mrxak on February 16, 2013
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Professional image quality testing has been done, and the verdict is in. This camera beats the Olympus OM-D EM-5... just barely. Image quality off both camera sensors is fantastic and nearly identical, but the GH3 edges out the EM-5 by just a little bit of dynamic range. The EM-5 is a little cheaper, though. Right now, the GH3 is fairly expensive, but what you pay for is the best camera in this format money can buy, and I'm not just talking about image quality.

Other reviews cover a lot of things about image quality and technical specifications, far more in depth than I'll go here. What I want to talk about is handling, video, and the general advantages of the Micro Four Thirds format.

Chances are, if you are considering the GH3 at all, you fall under one of three categories. You are either a serious enthusiast, a professional photographer, or you want to make movies. This is probably not going to be your very first system camera, and it's definitely not a point-and-shoot camera for amateurs. That's not to say the GH3 is overly complicated or unapproachable if you're new to photography, but I should think a cheaper camera would fit your needs fine.

The GH3 is a very special camera, with lots to love for those who love cameras. If you're a serious enthusiast, you should consider the EM-5 as well as the GH3. There are pros and cons for both cameras. I'll let you go read up on the EM-5 on your own, but for the GH3, it has a lot in its favor. Top of the list is handling. The GH3 is the largest camera in the format, this is true, but what you gain in bulk and weight, you also gain in ergonomics. There are lots and lots of physical buttons, five of them customizable, and nearly all of them usable one-handed without any awkwardness.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Dionisio Kamanel on December 10, 2012
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I have been waiting for this camera for about 4 years. In 2008 I was looking for the best camera that excelled in both stills and video. I settled for a JVC camcorder which recorded in SD and took 5mp stills. I moved to a Sony SR-11 for HD and interlaced 10mp stills. I was unsatisfied with the stills of the Sony so I bought an Oly E-420 touted as the smallest DSLR to accompany my camcorder. For over a year I dealt with the cumbersome set up of camcorder, DSLR body, 2 lenses and a tripod with mixed results to boot.

Enter the GH2 and 2 issues were somewhat solved at once. The 1st problem was bulk and the other being image quality. The stills of the GH2 was a major step up to my Oly E-620 and the video quality was also significantly upgraded as a result.

Now finally to the GH3 {while comparing to the GH2... I say that the GH2 feels and looks like a toy, yet is quite a serious tool under the hood so to speak. The advantage of looking like a toy was the incognito factor. In contrast, the GH3 has an excellent form, feel and look to it. It fits like a glove for me when operating. As a photographer our camera is like an appendage after all. The GH3 with a 12-35mm attached is light and remains relatively compact.

The location of levers and buttons are logically placed. I initially thought the lever to change from AF to MF was in a bad place and hard to turn. I was trying to make the adjustment with my forefinger (because I almost always have it mounted on a tripod) but it was clearly designed to be turned with the thumb which is stronger. I appreciate the ability to open the battery compartment and not have to remove my quick release tripod plate. I used to always accidently press the WB button of the GH2 and even change settings. The WB and ISO buttons are now on top.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David Siegfried on February 7, 2013
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I have been an avid user of the GH series since the GH1. I use these cameras mostly for video, because I shoot Canon DSLRs for most of my stills. The GH series cameras are optimized for video and produce crisper video than the Canon DSLRs, whereas the Canon DSLRs have more dynamic range and color depth and less noise at all ISOs. I have been following the GH13 firmware patches by Russian hacker Vitaly on Personal View since the beginning and have applied the hacks to the GH1 and GH2 with mixed results.

The GH3 now has a more solid weatherproofed build and the buttons are laid out like a true DSLR. It's like the GH2 has grown up to compete head to head in the DSLR market. But can it really compete with the big boys? You can read about the improved build and other new features in many reviews, but I'm going to focus here mostly on image quality.

While the GH2 was an improvement over the GH1, the advertized gains in low light (noise) and dynamic range performance were a disappointment*. Still photography images were virtually the same, but the quality of motion video was improved considerably, particularly if the hack was applied.

My first test of the GH3 was taking still photographs in controlled studio lighting. First impression of the JPEGs out of the camera is very good. Although at low ISO the difference from the GH2 is hard to see at first, upon examination there is significantly more detail in the shadow areas, the reds are richer, and the overall tint is more accurate. The GH2 images appear to have a green cast by comparison.

Moving up into the higher ISOs, around ISO 3200 the differences are stark. Here the GH2 has blotchy noise, a muddy green cast in the shadows and the colors are muted.
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