Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Brief Review


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  • 16.1 megapixel 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • 1080/60p HD video recording at up to 72mbps with stereo sound
  • 3.5mm mic input
  • 6fps continuous burst
  • 3-inch OLED swivel touchscreen with 614,000 dots
  • 1.7 million dot OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • RAW Capture
  • Manual controls
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-10-15
  • Final Grade: 93 4.65 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
16.1 megapixel 4/3 Live MOS sensor; 1080/60p HD video recording at up to 72mbps with stereo sound; 3.5mm mic input; 6fps continuous burst; 3-inch OLED swivel touchscreen with 614,000 dots; 1.7 million dot OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage; RAW Capture; Manual controls; Weather-sealed body; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Panasonic's GH line, ever since the GH1 came out in 2009, has catered to the growing market for high quality videography. The GH3 continues in this video-oriented tradition but no longer offers the size benefit of its predecessors. The new magnesium-alloy and weather-sealed body is now the size of a mid-range DSLR. Whether this is good or bad is a personal choice, but the video options are undoubtedly an improvement. There's a ton of processing power behind going on behind the scenes, enough to shoot 1080/60p at 72mbps (an output only bested by Canon's 5D Mark III). There are two new compression options, All-I and IPB, and the addition of H.264 format. The innards have been upgraded to a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, powered by three cored Venus 7 engine that enables the high data output. Other upgrades include new 3-inch OLED swivel touchscreen, OLED viewfinder, 6fps continuous burst, built-in wireless, 3.5mm mic socket and more external controls. If you're a videographer, you need to give this camera a good hard look.

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