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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Dynamic range

By sticking with the same number of pixels and working on the efficiency of the sensor, Panasonic has claimed an improved dynamic range in the Lumix DMC-GH3. It has been a wise move. A four thirds sensor is small when compared to APS-C units, and consequently hinders the range of tones captured in a single frame. In real-world images, the GH3 is able to capture a wider range of tones than I would expect of a four thirds camera. There are still times when an overcast sky appears more like a white mass if the exposure is made for midtones, but I have not seen so much detail in the highlights from a Panasonic camera before. There are more discernible tones in bright skies and the shine on the skin in a portrait.

As is common now, there are options for HDR shooting and exposure bracketing, the second of which has a direct control on the drive-mode dial, while handily direct access to HDR can be set through one of the function buttons.

  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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