Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs DSLR – Continuous AutoFocus

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MC Contributor Will Crockett ( answers reader questions about the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  This time, it’s all about autofocus.

Here’s the question:

Hi Will,

I’d be grateful for your help with a question regarding the Panasonic DMC-GH3. I currently own a Canon 650 (T4i) with a 15-85 and 70-200 f/4L and am considering replacing this equipment with a GH3 initially with a 12-35 and later a 35-100. My main photographic interests are landscape photography and sometimes airshows in the United Kingdom.

My concern is that the GH3′s continuous autofocus won’t be able to track and quickly lock focus on aircraft in flight, especially in comparison with a DSLR with phase detection auto focus. Does the GH3′s continuous autofocus work better than the Olympus OM-D’s? I note that’s review of the Olympus OM-D was critical of that camera’s continuous autofocus. If the GH3 and OM-D share the same sensor (as speculated on various forums) then such concerns may be justified.

Thanks for the great videos on Youtube.

Kind regards,


Martyn Valentine
Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3, the Lumix 12-35mm Lens f/2.8, and the Lumix 35-100mm Lens f/2.8 Here


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