GH3 – Interview at with Panasonic Senior Product Manager Markus Matthes at Photokina 2012

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Here’s an interview with Panasonic Senior Product Manager Markus Matthes about the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, during Photokina 2012 – The biennial Photo Industry Fair in Cologne, Germany.

Lots of good info here, but be forewarned, it can also get a little techie (if that’s not your thing).

From all reports that we’ve seen, the GH3 was one of the stars of this year’s Photokina event. Preliminary reports indicate that this camera will be highly appealing to professional and enthusiast Photographers and Videographers alike. The GH2 after all, has become a favorite of indie and even pro film makers, and Panasonic have built the GH3 “from the ground up” to incorporate even more features that their users were clamoring for. By all accounts, this camera is even giving some of the big boy DSLRs a run for their money. We can’t wait until this camera gets out into some photographer’s hands and some real life reviews begin to come in on the GH3.

Interestingly enough, this interview was shot on a hacked GH2.

If you’re interested in a GH3, it’ll set you back about $1,299 USD (Body Only). If that’s a little too rich for your blood, you might want to consider picking up a GH2 or even a new G5 (which Panasonic has called the GH2.5).

With the launch of the GH3, prices on the GH2 have come down dramatically (you can now get one with a 14-140 lens, which is GREAT for video, for $827 USD). Although it’s a two year old model, it’s a killer camera with plenty of pro features and it delivers great quality, especially in video.

The G5 features an enhanced touch screen with better resolution than the GH2, easier to use menus, more creative filters, the new Venus Engine processing for higher quality images and video, and a toggle lever right behind the shutter release button that can be used for zoom control with a power zoom lens (or to adjust other settings, such as ISO, that are assignable by the user). The G5 comes in at $699 (Body Only) or $778.34 with the 14-42 kit lens. We’re not big fans of that kit lens, but for only $79 more it might be worth it, just so you can have a beater lens in your bag. Otherwise, save the $79 and put it towards some better glass.

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