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Panasonic Lumix GH3 Hands-On Preview

Panasonic Lumix GH3 Hands-On Preview - We go hands on with the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 to find out more about this new premium mirrorless camera.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 in Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Hands On (4)

The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is Panasonic's flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, and with weather sealing and an SLR like styling, Panasonic are keen to emphasis this is a new DSLM (Digital - Single - Lens - Mirrorless) Camera, rather than just a "Mirrorless" camera. They will even sell you a £250 vertical battery grip with the camera that also includes weather sealing to match the body. 

Panasonic Lumix Gh3 Hands On (2)

The camera features a new battery for extended shooting, and the use of the vertical grip will enable up to 1100 shots. 

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Development of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 involved it's key product planning manager, Mr Michiharu Uematsu spending a year visiting over 100 people asking for feedback from using the Panasonic Lumix GH2 on what improvements they would like to see. A number of these have been included in the Panasonic Lumix GH3. 

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The Panasonic Lumix GH3 has a vast array of video shooting options, including Full HD 60p / 50p / 25p / 24p, 50MBps data rate, MOV (Quicktime), MP4, AVCHD 1.0p / 1.1i recording, HDMI out to another device, Microphone socket, Headphone socket and time-coding to name a few. 

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The GH3 features a completely new sensor, as well as a new 1.7 million dot electronic OLED viewfinder, that uses an RGBG array for better performance as well as a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The new 3 inch touch screen is also an OLED unit, and has greatly improved viewing angles. 

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Built in Wi-Fi enables quick sharing of images, and when tethered to a smartphone it's possible to Geotag the images. The body of the camera features 5 function buttons, as well as a further 2 function buttons that can be customised on the touch-screen, giving a total of 7 customisable function buttons. 

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The handling is improved with a comfortable rubber grip for your right hand, and the left side of the body also features a rubber coating for added grip. There are now three control dials, with one at the front, one at the back, and the wheel surrounding the Menu/OK button counting as the third. The camera features a new quieter shutter, as well as a selectable electronic shutter and the camera will shoot at 6fps.

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The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is expected to be available in November, priced at £999 body only, £1700 with 14-140mm lens, or £2000 with the 12-35mm X f/2.8 lens, although these are Panasonic e-Shop prices, so other retailers may offer the camera for less. The battery grip will be £250, while the 35-100mm lens will be roughly £1000-£1100. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Panasonic were also keen to point out the size and weight difference between the new "DSLM" and traditional Digital SLRs. Another display showed the large number of lenses available from a number of manufacturers including Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Tokina, and others. We look forward to testing the camera fully when it becomes available.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16.05Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution614,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity125 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Flash
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-5
Viewfinder Resolution1,744K dots OLED
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60p, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA rating)540shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsBody, / Body Cap, / LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035), / Lens Cap, / Lens Hood, / Lens Rear Cap, / Battery Charger (AC Cable included), / Battery Pack, / USB Connection Cable, / Shoulder Strap, / CD-ROM

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lemmy Plus
10 2.7k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 3:11PM
They've done almost everything I wanted with this - even being a little bigger, too. That with the 12-35 I already have and the 35-100 I will buy gives me as close to an ideal portable outfit as I could imagine.

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21 Sep 2012 8:04AM
What happened to the £999. WEX price £1549 Sad
Can there be a very good reason not to buy the GH3 and buy the GH4......what really does the GH4 offer over the GH3 for a photographer not interested in doing any video.

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