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...
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is not designed to slip into a pocket, and it is interesting that as Panasonic clearly views its CSCs as a viable alternative to a DSLR system, they don’t need to be compact to sell. Taking a wise approach to the improvements it has introduced in the GH3, such as keeping the pixel count the same and instead improving the performance of the sensor, has led to better low-light and dynamic range performance. Also, its class-leading video features are sure to please those in that field. However, Sony’s NEX-7 still has the edge for image quality.
It is in its handling that the GH3 really excels. Weather-resistant magnesium alloy, a comfortable hold, lightweight lenses, comprehensive and customisable button layout, intuitive touchscreen use, crisp viewfinder and optional extras including a battery pack, are all key factors that make the GH3 a pleasure to use.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 – Key features
Optional extras that can be attached to the hotshoe port include a number of external flash units and microphones.
The eye sensor switches between the viewfinder and LCD display, and its sensitivity can be adjusted. Also, AF can be performed when the sensor switches to the viewfinder.
The control to switch between the focus modes has been moved to a handy place within thumb’s reach next to the viewfinder. The switch surrounds the AE/AF lock button.
There are seven function buttons, two of which are accessed via the touchscreen, one on the top-plate and four on the camera’s rear.
There has been a number of new accessories launched alongside the GH3, not least of which includes the DMW-FL360LE flashgun and DMW-MS2E stereo shotgun microphone.
As one would expect from a camera at this level, there is a good range of connectivity, including a 2.5mm remote input, 3.5mm jack for headphone output and for microphone input, audio output
and Mini HDMI.
The GH3 has a quoted battery life of approximately 540 shots. It is the first G-series camera to have a compatible battery pack in the form of the DMW BGGH3E. With a second DMW-BLF19E battery in place, the total battery life is over 1,000 shots.
As well as the creative control menu that includes picture effects such as dynamic monochrome, HDR and toy effect, there are 23 scene modes, which include bright blue sky, glowing nightscape and backlit softness.