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5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3


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£1,000.00

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 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?

  • Video: Full HD 1080p at 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, 50fps or 60fps in either AVCHD, MOV or MP4 format
  • External mic: Yes, 3.5mm jack connection
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 4 custom, Kelvin, all with fine-tuning
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 12m @ ISO 100 (equivalent)
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +4
  • Field of View: 100% on LCD and viewfinder and 0.67x magnification (35mm equivalent)
  • LCD: 3in, articulated, 614,000-dot OLED touchscreen
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: OLED EVF with 1.744 million dots
  • Output Size: 4608x3456 pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: 16.05-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
  • AF Points: 23-area, face detection, AF tracking, 1-area, pinpoint touch
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec plus bulb
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw), raw + JPEG, MPEG-4, MOV, AVCHD
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Weight: 550g (including battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iAuto, scene modes, creative control, 3 custom
  • Drive Mode: 6fps continuous high, 4fps continuous medium (both for 18 frames in raw and unlimited JPEGs), 20fps super high mode, 2/10sec timer, 3 images at 10sec timer
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 132.9 x 93.4 x 82mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes, with shutter speed simulation
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • Metering System: 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, Mini HDMI, digital/video out, mic/remote in
  • RRP: £1,800 with 12-35mm f/2.8 lens
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • ISO: 200-12,800 extended to ISO 125-25,600
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC

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