The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is continuing to turn heads as it gets out into the hands of more and more photographers and videographers. The new flagship Micro 4/3 offering from Panasonic is fitting right in with the top of the class cameras for still photo quality, while setting the standard for all cameras when it comes to video. (Video above features a GH3 menu walk through)
ePhotozine has just published a full review of the GH3 and gave it 4 and a half out of 5 stars, putting it in their “Highly Recommended” category.
Here’s their verdict: The Panasonic Lumix GH3 with a rugged weather sealed body and Digital SLR styling and controls, is one of the most advanced Micro Four Thirds cameras available, and has an extensive range of useful photographic and video upgrades in comparison to previous Panasonic cameras. In fact, it’s one of the most advanced Full HD video recording cameras available at the moment.
Image quality is very good with better noise performance than any other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras, with detail visible in photos taken at ISO settings as high as ISO6400. Focus speed, shutter response and shot to shot times are all excellent, and the camera shoots at 6fps in continuous shooting mode, although it’s a shame it’s not as quick as the OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7.
Where the GH3 really excels in video recording… with all the options under the sun, with AVCHD, MOV or MP4 recording up to 50 and 72mbps full HD, with stereo sound, mic and headphone sockets as well as HDMI out for continuous recording on an external device. The optional battery grip is a first for Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras, as extends battery life and gives better handling for portrait shooting.
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 with an RRP of £1549 body only in the UK feels a little expensive [Editor’s Note: The GH3 seems to be a much better value in the US market, where it sells for $1,299 body only, which is equal to roughly £812] in comparison to the previous model, which was around £1000 with the 14-140mm lens. For the GH3 with the 14-140mm lens you’re looking at £2099 (RRP), which is double the price of the GH2 with the same lens. Although we expect the price to drop over time, we can’t help feeling that the price will be a barrier to some. If you want the best video recording Micro Four Thirds camera available then the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is highly recommended, particularly if you want to be able to shoot in all weather conditions. (Read Full Review on ePhotozine)
Panasonic Lumix GH3 Pros
Excellent range of lenses
Excellent image quality
Weather sealed body
Long battery life
A massive amount of customization available
6fps continuous shooting
Battery grip available
Wi-Fi built in
Panasonic Lumix GH3 Cons
AWB under tungsten lighting
Lacks auto-ISO in manual mode
Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 below: