The GH2 has achieved a loyal following and an almost cult like status, mostly because of it’s superior abilities as a video recording device. But can the GH3 live up to the lofty expectations set by it’s predecessor in the video department while surpassing the GH2’s performance as a stills camera?
Here is CameraLabs Final Verdict…
“The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a worthy successor to the GH2. The redesigned sensor and updated processor provide a raft of enhancements to its video capabilies which will delight existing GH series owners, some of whom have been relying on firmware hacks to provide the high bit rates and extended encoding options now available. These improvements will unquestionably cement the GH3’s position as the darling of the professional video community.
But though some view it as such, the GH3 is more than just a highly capable movie camera. It handles beautifully, focuses very quickly and accurately, is tough and weatherproof and produces still images of a very high quality that can be fairly painlessly uploaded wirelessly to a wide range of destinations.
While many manufacturers are still looking to miniaturize their compact system camera offerings, with the GH3 Panasonic appears to be pursuing a different goal which is to produce a mirrorless camera every bit as functional, capable and robust as a professional DSLR. The Lumix GH3 is evidence that they are succeeding and is more than deserving of Cameralabs Highly Recommended award. Micro Four Thirds goes from strength to strength.” (Read full review on CameraLabs – Video above shows the touch focus function on the Lumix GH3).
My 2 Cents
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is proving itself, time and time again, to be one of the best cameras on the market today. It delivers as a top caliber stills photo, and it’s video capabilities outclass virtually every other camera with which it competes, making the GH3 (in my opinion) the best Hybrid Camera available today. Couple the GH3 with any number of the high quality micro 4/3 lenses in existence and you’ll have the tools to produce stills and videos that will rival the quality of anything else. While the GH3 is not a perfect camera and there’s always room for improvement, it does come closer than any other mirrorless system to date, and any manufacturer that dismisses the Panasonic Lumix GH3 as “just another mirrorless camera” does so at their own peril.