Via 43Rumors – HawaiiRocksOn loaded several video comparisons of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2, testing them with a variety of lenses and in low light conditions (the video above tests the two cameras’ abilities shooting city lights at night).
Watch the rest of the videos below, and then read my conclusions at the bottom…
Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 Comparison
(Note: The last 3/4 of this video is blank)
Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – Christmas Lights
Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO Tests
My 2 Cents
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a transformational camera. It’s worthy of every bit of praise that’s being lavished upon it and as I’ve stated before, I believe it to be the best Hybrid Camera available at the time of this posting. That being said however, it’s no accident that the GH2 has been one of the most celebrated video cameras in the world for the last 2 years. It has been, and still is, one of the finest video cameras that you can get, especially for the price.
When comparing the videos above, the GH3 files look brighter and punchier to the naked eye (YouTube compression notwithstanding), which is not surprising when you consider it’s rumored to be loaded up with a Sony sensor, but you can fiddle with the GH2′s custom settings and get it to look brighter and punchier too.
Yes, the GH3 represents a significant advancement for Panasonic’s Flagship GH series of cameras. It will take much better stills than the GH2, but where video is concerned, the gap between the two becomes extremely close. For a video shooter who’s starting on a budget, you can’t go wrong by picking up a GH2 (or two) at $499 USD (Body Only) and collecting some good M43 lenses. Then, when you’re ready to upgrade to a GH3, you’ll already have a collection of lenses and a great second body to use.
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