Here’s a behind the scenes look at the mini-movie “Genesis”, shot with a pre-production Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.
Writer/Director:Bruce Logan, Producers:Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt / Bruce Logan, Directors of Photography:Philip Bloom / Bruce Logan ASC
The new camera has now been officially announced as of about 7AM EDT today. Here’s an initial review fro CNET Asia:
Panasonic has just announced its upcoming Lumix DMC-GH3 flagship mirrorless camera, a first in the company’s interchangeable lens camera (ILC) lineup to feature a rugged design with splash-proof and dustproof properties as well as wireless connectivity. Users would be able transfer content wirelessly and control the camera via a smartphone using a dedicated app.
Housed in its magnesium alloy chassis, the GH3 utilizes new 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and an improved Venus Engine image processor, which the company claims empowers the shooter with faster startup (0.5 seconds) and shutter release (0.05 seconds) times.
The GH3 is equipped with two OLED displays, a 1,744k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) and 614k-dot, 3-inch LiveView(LV) swiveling screen. In our experience, we found that OLED displays tend to provide greater viewing clarity compared with typical TFT screens. Also a proximity sensor–located near the eyepiece–lets users switch between EVF and LV mode quickly.
Targeted at professional photographers and serious enthusiasts, the GH3 also features enhanced video capabilities, such as a wide range of support–in terms of time-coding, frame and bit rates–for most industry recording formats. Touted as the camera for videographers, the snapper also comes with full-HD slow-motion video recording, a 3.5mm microphone and headphone jack for better audio management as well as a heat-dispersion design to help prevent overheating and allows users to record video for longer periods.
Also announced is a new Lumix G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 zoom lens (70-200mm, 35mm equivalent) that features a constant F2.8 aperture The highlight of this lens is that it uses an inner focusing mechanism which does not extend during zooming and incorporates the company’s proprietary Nano Surface Coating for reduction of flare and ghosting during image capture.
Aside from being splash- and dust-proof, the 35-100mm zoom lens has a bright F2.8 constant aperture across the zoom range. This allows users to isolate subjects while blurring the background and get sharper images in low-light conditions thanks to faster shutter speeds.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 key specifications:
New 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor
Improved Venus Image processor
Weather-proof (dust- and splash-proof)
Built-in 1,744k-dot, OLED electronic viewfinder
614k-dot, 3-inch fully articulating LCD display
ISO 200 to 12,800 (Expandable to 25,600)
6fps in burst-mode shooting
1080p full-HD video recording
RAW image capture
The Lumix DMC-GH3 will be available in two kits–bundled with either the 40-140mm or 12-35mm F2.8 zoom lenses. Pricing and availability for the new ILC and zoom lens in Asia Pacific have yet to be confirmed.