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  • 16MP Micro Four Thirds-format CMOS sensor
  • Contrast-detection AF system with claimed 0.07-second speed
  • ISO 100-12800, extendable to ISO 25600
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080/60p video with maximum bit rate of 72Mbps
  • 3" OLED display with 614,000 dots
  • Built-in 1.7m-dot OLED viewfinder
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  • red-eye reduction
  • zoom-magnification
  • memory-card-compatible

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3K 16.05MP Mirrorless Camera
The benefits of shooting with a mirrorless camera
DPReview Gold AwardApril 2013
The GH3 isn't simply a stills camera and, if you have any interest in shooting video at all, its quality and feature set help it stand apart from the competition.
Richard ButlerRichard ButlerAndrew ReidAndrew ReidAmadou DialloAmadou Diallo
79%

Conclusion

The GH3 offers the best video quality of any camera we've ever seen and does a pretty good job of making it available to a wide range of users. This footage is available without external recorders, making it ideal for in-the-field shooting as well as more formal rigged-up setups. It's also a pretty handy stills camera with plenty of external controls, making it an impressively flexible package, overall.

Reasons to buy

  • Sensational still and video quality
  • Solid, sealed metal construction
  • Lots of external control points
  • Plenty of customization
  • Good choice of framerates, bitrates and codecs

Things to consider

  • No focus aids available when shooting video
  • Electronic viewfinder has distinct color cast and disappointing optics
  • Noise reduction at high ISO rather clumsy
  • JPEG color response a little underwhelming
  • Wi-Fi can be awkward to set up

Suggested for

Anyone looking for top-quality video as well as stills.

Not suggested for

As a solely stills camera there are better options, both in terms of size and quality.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B009B0WREM
  • Item model number: DMC-GH3KBODY
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2012

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

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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
n/a
(Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Low key / Sepia / High Dynamic / Toy effect / Miniature effect

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera had image quality of cameras priced well above.
Renato C. Mendes
If you are a videographer, or even a professional filmmaker, this camera has pretty much everything you want.
mrxak
I had to return the 2nd GH3 but got another one....I liked it that much!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Todd B on December 27, 2012
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Having now spent a few weeks with this camera I feel I can provide an honest review of the GH3 and how it compares to it's well-regarded predecessor, the GH2. What seems clear from the onset of testing is that Panasonic has listened to the feedback it sought from photographers and videographers alike prior to designing a GH2 replacement. The body is much more solid and refined in it's ergonomics and controls. This camera now feels as professional as it's larger/heavier full frame and APS-C competitors (especially with the battery grip), but retains a nimbleness those cameras will never be able to match. The user interface is much more straight forward now and no longer requires a decryptor ring in order to select video shooting modes. In fact each menu option that is highlighted can now describe in detail what it's purpose is before it is activated, deactivated or changed.

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 outdoor shoots because it just adds weight to my kit without really improving functionality. The viewfinder is nice as well, but I've noticed it can suffer from some image smearing around the outer edges if your eye is not perfectly aligned to it's center. WiFi remote control works great on the Samsung Galaxy and Asus Transformer, but I have not yet tested it on iPads or iPhones. The 50mbps IPB codec is excellent and can be pushed further in grading and recovery than previous hacked GH2 codecs I've used. Dynamic range, noise/grain, low light performance and ISO color shift (no more green tinting at higher ISOs) all seem improved over the GH2.

Raw still images have much better highlight recovery now as well.
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