Joe Fotosiamo over at SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2.
Joe begins the article by saying…
Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well.
Joe goes on to examine the GH3 and compare it to the GH2 in several areas, such as build quality, features, size and performance, and he includes several images for comparison.
Joe’s Part I Conclusion…
I am a fan of the Panasonic GH3, and between the improvements in build quality, the better ergonomics, the weatherproofing, and the upgrade in image quality in the high ISO, there are enough reasons to upgrade from the Panasonic GH2.
There is a lot more to talk about, but I will go over it in Part 2 of my review on the Panasonic GH3. In the next article, I will cover my experience with the GH3 in the field, the dynamic range and shadow recovery capability, the movie recording capability, and Panasonic’s LumixLink remote app for iOS and Android. (Read full article on SLRLounge – video above is a short but entertaining GH3 video test from MacWarMedia)
My 2 Cents
I’m a fan of both the Panasonic GH3 and the GH2, which is rightfully a much beloved camera and remains a favorite of indie videographers. But even though the GH3 is technically the evolution of the GH2, these are now two distinctly different cameras. Where the GH2 was (and still is) one of the best video cameras in existence, it will always be primarily thought of as a video camera, but the GH3 can operate equally well as both a still and video camera – holding it’s own with or surpassing the best in each category. In creating the GH3, Panasonic have succeeded in incorporating most of the items on GH2 users’ wishlists (you’ll never get ’em all), and have wrapped it all up in what is arguably the first (or at least the most) “Pro Level” mirrorless system, but at a price point that makes pro level performance accessible to the masses.