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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review


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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?

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Video capture
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. White balance and colour
  9. 9. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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