Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review

Price as reviewed

£1,000.00
(body only)

Scores

AWB Colour
8/10
Metering
8/10
Dynamic Range
8/10
Autofocus
8/10
Build/Handling
9/10
Noise/resolution
27/30
Features
9/10
LCD viewfinder
9/10
Rated
Very good
Tested as
Enthusiast CSC
Overall Score
86%

User Score

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This new, not-so-compact system camera offers the best of Panasonic’s digital imaging technology in practically every area. We get to grips with the company’s flagship Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 front (main)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 at a glance:

  • 16.05-million-pixel, four thirds-sized MOS sensor
  • Extended ISO 125-25,600 range
  • 1.744-million-dot OLED EVF
  • 3in articulated, OLED touchscreen
  • Weather-resistant, magnesium-alloy body
  • Optional accessories
  • Street price around £1,000 body only

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review - Introduction

A compact system camera (CSC) is, as its name implies, small in size, so it is interesting to note that the best-selling CSC range - Panasonic's Lumix G series - is one that includes a viewfinder and is therefore physically larger than others of its type. Even larger than the G series is the firm's flagship GH series, and the latest camera in this range is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3. This model is the largest we have seen from the company so far, being substantially taller than the GH2.  

Such a bulky CSC suggests a serious photographic tool. Indeed, after a couple of press events and a Hands-on review (AP 6 October), we have been impressed by what the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 offers. With its predecessor, the GH2, finding continued popularity among video makers, Panasonic has responded with the GH3 by introducing a vast number of improvements in this field, as well as ones that will appeal to stills photographers, too. In an obvious attempt to create a more ‘serious' product range for professionals and enthusiasts, the company continues to label its CSCs as DSLMs (digital single-lens mirrorless). I'm keen to see if the product rather than the label does the talking and, if size is the point of a CSC, has Panasonic pushed things too far with the GH3?