(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model. Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video)
PhotographyBlog posted their review of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, and it seems they’re in agreement with everything else we’ve heard so far – The GH3 is on par with the finest cameras in terms of still image quality and blows everyone else out of the water where video is concerned. Looks like Panasonic have one serious imaging machine on their hands…
Here’s PhotographyBlog’s conclusion:
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is the most complete mirrorless camera to date in terms of features, performance, customisability and image quality, and in terms of video capability it has a clear lead over both its compact system and DSLR rivals. At £1100 / $1299 body only, though, it is currently the most expensive mirrorless camera on the market.
The new GH3 builds on the surprise success of its popular predecessor by improving on all aspects of its still and video image quality, feature-set, handling and performance. Panasonic’s engineers have clearly taken user feedback on-board to improve their flagship model in almost too many ways to mention, resulting in an intuitive, responsive camera that produces outstanding video and stills.
Apart from the price, the GH3 has very few flaws – the circular control wheel on the rear isn’t particularly responsive, the wi-fi functionality is a little limited and the sheer number of options available is initially confusing, but there’s really nothing major to moan about. This is the most complete interchangeable lens camera currently available for people who want to shoot in both still and video formats.
The GH3’s still image quality is much improved, especially the high ISO performance. Images shot at ISO 125-1600 are clean, with a little noise appearing at 3200 and more at the still very usable setting of 6400. ISO 12800 is best reserved for resizing and smaller prints, while the top speed of 25600 is only for emergency use, but overall the GH3 offers the best still image quality of any G-series camera to date, whilst videographers will surely be salivating at the vast array of options on offer. Panasonic are pitching the GH3 as a video camera for everyone from the family user to professional film-maker, and indeed it can be as simple or as advanced as you require.
Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is a fantastic camera in its own right, transcending the boundaries of mirrorless, DSLR, Micro Four Thirds, stills and video. The compelling mix of outstanding image quality, ease-of-use, intuitive design and a rich feature-set makes it very easy for us to highly recommend the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 – only that eye-watering price prevents us from awarding it our highest Essential rating… (Read Full Review on PhotographyBlog)
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Editor’s Note: I’m a video first shooter who is looking to incorporate more still into my work. I’m currently using (and loving) the Panasonic GH2, and from what I can see, I’m going to love the GH3 even more. This who think that you can’t get shallow depth of field with a Micro 4/3 camera (MYTH!) need only look at the footage above using the Voightlander 25mm F0>95 lens. Don’t know how much more shallow you can get than that. Looks like the best blend of Stills/Video in one camera to hit the market yet.
Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here: