When I did my Review of the Best Cameras of 2012 a few days ago, I only included video cameras that were less than $3000 USD in price, and I deliberately didn’t include high end video shooters like the RED Epic or Arri Alexa since most of us aren’t large Hoillywood movie producers with multi-million dollar budgets to play with.  But one thing that I’ve noticed recently is that, since last years Zacuto Shootout, where the Panasonic Lumix GH2 was one of the top rated cameras, and since the launch of high quality video cameras (under $3k) like the BlackMagic [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [More]
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.  [More]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
43Rumors posted a great collection of the latest videos shot by, and tests of, the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Feast your eyes… Here are the links from 43Rumors: Video above is a Barcelona 2012 test Panasonic gh3 from The Windcharger on Vimeo. A GH3 Codec Test on Vimeo. A first GH3 audio test by FrugalFilmmakers on Vimeo. GH3 vs Hacked GH2 vs Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera vs 5DMKIII shootout on Vimeo. And you have to guess which camera is which! Another GH3 flies on an Cinestar 6 multirotor (Vimeo). A first GH3 test by Jon Bryant on Vimeo. Nice video of [More]
SoundImagePlus posted an intersting article, musing whether or not there is a modern day equivalent to the Leica Cameras of old, which at the time were regarded as little more than toys (to paraphrase). SIP writes:  Its easy to forget that what is now regarded as the height of expensive luxury and photographic excellence was probably regarded as a tool for a professional job in much the same way as turning up with a CSC these days. It was small, it was light, it was radical. Lots of people didn’t take it seriously. However as we all know, it did [More]
The End is Nigh! Here’s a little Teaser Video for a project called The End of the World Shootout, by Shian Storm.  The upcoming shootout video is going to pit the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $499 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range. Here’s Shian’s Video Description:  We took a brand new GH3, a Hacked GH2 running Nick Driftwood’s Intravenus patch, and put them head-to-head against a Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and a 5DMKIII in high contrast situations [More]
Our good friend and Pro Photo Guru Chuck Jones of theCameraForum has just made the switch to mirrorless.  Chuck is a highly talented veteran photographer who has seen paradigm shifts in the photography industry before, most notably the shift from film to digital about a decade ago.  He sees the writing on the wall for large, bulky and heavy DSLR systems, so he’s trading in his DSLR Gear in favor of a Panasonic Lumix GH3…  and he’s not alone. In this video, Chuck and 3 other photo/video colleagues (Paul Gero, Marc Weisberg and Pham Minh Son, PhD) discuss the Lumix [More]
Our good friend and colleague Marlene Hielema from ImageMaven.com just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 about a week ago, and she’s so impressed that she’s talking about selling off her Canon 5D Mark II and DSLR Gear.  In the video above, Marlene literally weights the options between these two camera, noting that the GH3 weights more than 1kg less than the 5D Mark II, while producing eye popping stills and videos that have her ready to say goodbye to her beastly DSLR. As I’ve said before, the GH3 is a transformational camera. It is without question, the best “Hybrid” [More]
SoundImagePlus continue their evaluation of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, this time pairing it with the fantastic new f/2.8 Zoom Lenses, the 12-35 and the 35-100. Is this powerful camera and lens combo ready to tagle with the big boys of the DSLR world? Here’s what SoundImagePlus have to say:  The two f/2.8 “pro” spec.lenses are presumably intended as a set to go with the GH3 to give a versatile high quality outfit which can be seen as Panasonics attempt at a scaled down version of the standard DSLR “workhorse pro zoom” pairing, which in 35mm terms is 24-70mm f/2.8 [More]
EOSHD posted a video by Ryan Mancuso the compares the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s Ryan’s notes on the video comparison:  This is a non scientific test of how these two camera’s perform. Aperture, Shutter, ISO, White Balance, and Focal Length (converted for crop) were matched numerically on both cameras. Focus points were also matched. GH3 Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 5D Mark III Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (Version I) Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 No color-correction or post sharpening applied. Tried to keep flares under control as much as possible. A few shots have [More]
The gang over at CheesyCam Studios have posted a phenomenal video test featuring the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the new 12-35mm f/2.8 lens attached, and the results are simply stunning – even WITH YouTube compression.  This video is even more amazing when you consider the fact that it was shot completely handheld.  That’s right, kids…  no tripod here. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  It’s the best hybrid camera in existence right now as it has the equal ability to produce stunning quality stills and video, and I’ve been singing it’s praises since it [More]
We’re seeing more and more test footage from the GH3 as the impressive new Panasonic Lumix Flagship Camera makes it’s way into the hands of Photovideographers around the world, and 43Rumors have posted a nice collection of the latest. Video above shot with the Panasonic GH3 aboard the Cinestar 6 multirotor. from GravityShots.com on Vimeo. Here’s more videos from the roundup: Skateboarding Documentary shot by EOSHD using the Gh3 Here’s another GH3 video posted on EOSHD Monterey Pier Video by DigitalOutbackPhoto Finally, a little Astro Photography from Twills: “Here are some sample Astro Photographs I took with the GH3. I [More]
SoundImagePlus have now posted their full, 3-Part Review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and once again, this new camera has not failed to impress. SIP writes:  Its pretty obvious that there has been some serious input into this by photographers, something that hasn’t always been in evidence with some previous Panasonic m4/3 cameras. Those dark days of the GF2 and my fears that cameras like that were going to be the future of m4/3 are long gone now and Panasonic have shown themselves capable of responding to what people who are serious about photography want. Its also gratifying to see [More]
iPhonePhotography posted a video by Photographer Jack Hollingsworth, who claims that the gap between the iPhone and his expensive DSLR gear has essentially been erased, and he can’t tell the difference between shots taken with his DSLR and his iPhone. iPP reports:  Photographer Jack Hollingsworth spent months shooting his iPhone and DSLR side-by-side on photo shoots around the world and claims the gap between the two devices is miniscule. In fact, using the iPhone made him fall in love with photography all over again. He also believes that the iPhone may go down as the most influential device in the [More]
SoundImagePlus have just posted one of the most entertaining camera reviews I’ve read in quite a while, chock full of one liners that gave me a serious chuckle.  But the camera to which these one liners refer to is no laughing matter whatsoever.  The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a bad mutha (SHUT YO MOUTH!) of a camera – and all the members of our team who have gotten their hands on it have raved about it’s performance and capabilities. Well, it seems like SoundImagePlus are equally impressed. Here’s some highlights and one liners from their review:  Lets get one thing [More]
Griffin Hammond of IndyMogul does a nice head to head comparison between his new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Lumix GH2.  What are the differences between the celebrated GH2 and the camera that’s replacing it? Above, Griffin makes several observations on the upgrades between these two Panasonic Flagship Cameras.  Below is an ISO comparison. Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) 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 [More]
(Via The Camera Forum) –  When Panasonic asked Austin, Texas based wedding filmmaker Joe Simon to take a pre-production Lumix GH3 into the field to put it through it’s paces, the timing happened to coincide with a planned trip to Italy.  So Joe took the opportunity to shoot a wedding, Italian Style…  and the resulting video is called  Amore Mio (above – which is Italian for “My Love”).  Judging by this excellent wedding production done by Simon, that love certainly shines too. Joe’s thoughts?  Well, the quality of the production above speaks for itself.  In the Behind the Scenes:The Making [More]
Two Pro Photographers (MC Contributor Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com and his good friend and colleague Wayne Ross), both of whom are VERY familiar with Nikon and Panasonic Cameras, take a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a Nikon D800 out for a day of shooting to compare their functionality in real world conditions. Will writes:  As photo and video professionals, we need to be as efficient as possible with our time when shooting hybrid. I want to be comfortable and confident when it comes to recording the moment in still as well as when to use the video button, but shooting [More]
From CNET:  An OS X update lets iPhoto, Aperture, and other software handle images from several of the latest mirrorless cameras and high-end compacts. Apple released an update yesterday to let Mac software handle raw photos from eight new cameras, most of them high-end compact models. The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.02 lets Aperture 3, iPhoto 11, and other software handle raw photos from the following cameras: • Nikon Coolpix P7700 • Olympus Pen E-PL5 • Olympus Pen E-PM2 • Olympus Stylus XZ-2 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 • Sony Alpha NEX-5R • Sony Alpha NEX-6 • Sony Alpha SLT-A99 [More]
(Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO test from emeric on Vimeo) Via 43Rumors – Our french friends at Hybridcams (translation here) posted the full GH3 review and included a comaprison with the “older” GH2: “Meticulously designed, well thought out ergonomics and obviously excellent performance not only at the video where it was expected, but also in photo.” And because Panasonic is already shipping, you can see first user reviews like these High ISO samples that have been posted on Dpreview forum. Our Take:  The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 has been making it’s way into the hands of MC [More]
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) takes the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the new Pro lenses for a high society (and high ISO) evening at the art museum. In this video, Will exhibits the low light capabilities of the new camera in the form of a Hybrid eProduct – a combination of still photos, video and audio that is the coming wave in pro photography. Will writes:  Part of my attraction to mirrorless cameras is that they are lots easier to shoot hybrid than DSLRs. Sure, the “smaller  &  lighter than DSLR” element is great, but it’s the image that [More]