Read What Customer Have To Say About Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3K.
Enjoying these improved features: new file format, longer battery life, bright display, faster auto-focus – By Ka Na (Michigan, USA)
“I’ve had this only for about two months now. Though video quality is not that superior to GH2 with hacks, I’m very satisfied overall.
What I like so far:
- I shoot mostly in 720HD, 72Mbs, All-I. The new file format makes editing in FCP X much faster and rendering to final format quicker.
- Spanned files (for longer clips): as opposed to GH2′s, these ones can be played in camera.
- Stills, while shooting movies, are of useful quality.
- Headphone socket has been very helpful.
- The batteries last at least for 4 hours on a single charge (when shooting 720HD-I, about 2 hours continuous shooting per session).
I wish it is possible to switch between PAL and NTSC – as it is with Canon DSLRs (also possible in GH2 with hacks).
Will update later after more use.”
Feature rich machine – By Mark James
“I got my GH3 yesterday afternoon. First thing I did was get the battery in the charger. By the time it was charged it was late so I played with it, trying to become comfortable with the changes in the handling from the GH2.
When I got my GH2 it instantly felt right in my hands coming from the GF1, not the same with the GH3. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the GH2 was my first “SLR” style camera, but some has to do with the GH2 being a nice machine. I didn’t really know photography when I got the GH2 so I was starting from scratch, moving to the GH3 I lost all the familiarization from a layout standpoint.
I left the house at 6:30 to take my wife to work and forgot my bag so everything I shot this morning was with the Panny 25. I tend to shoot RAW and manual but I did switch to JPG for a couple of HDR shots to see how I like it. I have not been impressed with the EM5 HDR shots as they just look like typical “overcooked” HDR shots.
EVF I did spend some time toying with the EVF last night, but it was dark and I didn’t worry about how it looked. I seemed to get the smearing but mostly when in the menu mode on the edges if I moved my eye around. Didn’t notice much in live mode, but again it was very dark. This morning in daylight I had no issues at all with the EVF image other then it seemed a tad dark at times. If there is distortion of some kind it is very minimal in the conditions I was shooting in today. I do shoot almost excessively EVF.
HDR I only tried a couple but was happy with the results. One of them had ghosting so you have to stay very steady when using it, but I guess that’s kinda assumed. In the 4 shots below 3 are HDR and one is not to show the difference. All of the shots in this post are RAW with only LR4.3 defaults applied except for a little straitening on a few. The HDR are JPG because it can’t do RAW and were processed the same. I see the HDR feature this being very useful at times.
After the 2 hours I was starting to get the feel for the camera but have a long way to go before I’m as comfortable with it as I am with (my wife’s new to her) GH2. The pull out menu on the screen is kind of cool but will take getting used to. EXP. compensation button is a waste and I wish I could reprogram it. I’m sure I’ll move some of the settings around to different buttons as I figure out which ones are easier to access and what I use the most.
Level tool I used this on a few shots and I’m not sure if I like it or not yet. I use the grid on my GH2 and that seems to work fairly well. This was almost like trying to level a plane in a flight simulator and a little disorienting. I’ll keep using it until I decide if it’s better then the grid lines.
Buttons and dials I was a little worried about how the buttons and dials would feel/function after hearing people talk about the EM5 being squishy. I’ve found very little difference from the feel and handling of the GH2 controls so it is not an issue. The wheel is hard to press (oh yeah you can’t) but other then that it’s all good. I have not found a use for the third wheel on the back and to be honest I miss the 4 buttons that are on the GH2. You can still click them but I don’t see where you can program a function to them and that is a shame. Maybe that can change with a FW update. I would welcome the addition with one being for flash comp like on my GH2.
Electronic shutter This seems to work fine. I was wondering why my ISO would not go above 1600 and on the ride home I remembered that if the ES is on ISO is limited. That is why there are only shots up to 1600.
All in all I think I’m going to really like the camera. I have not done any IQ evaluations and have barely looked at the shots I am posting. It will take a month or two to get used to the changed control positions and the extra dial but that is expected.
Again, all the shots today except the 3 HDR were shot RAW and everything was run through LR4.3 defaults to convert and or resize for web use with no other post except leveling a couple.
I chose to shoot at this old abandoned mall because of all the windows and drastic contrasts. The tropical sun can be very harsh when coming into some of these dark rooms.
If you made it through my ramblings I hope you didn’t find it a waste of your time, because you can’t get it back…”
The camera is solid, it feels solid, not like a toy, and is what all other major review sites have stated – an awesome camera that can do both video and stills. While one may argue that it does okay stills, and excellent video, I’d have to respond by saying that yes, I’d agree. I think my Nikon D5100 produces better image quality right out of the camera (this is my subjective opinion, so please, no haters), I think that the GH3 is plenty good at producing images in good to great light, where my Nikon D5100 can do amazing things in low light. In every other respect, I find the GH3 superior to my Nikon D5100. The only thing about the GH3 is the fiddly wheel on the back, I feel like it is unpredictable at times, and a similar comment was made by CameraStoreTV on YouTube. Maybe we got the short end of the stick?
I am shooting with this camera on a daily basis, and all I can say is that I really like it, and now my Nikon sits all alone.
The bottom line is this, if you are a hybrid shooter, stills and video, pro or enthusiast, the GH3 makes hybrid shooting a lot easier than my Nikon D5100.
This camera isn’t for everyone, but it’s the right one for me – a hybrid shooter that enjoys photography/videography to make lasting family memories.”
Advances have been made in video performance as well. In addition to supporting a wide range of recording formats, the DMC-GH3 features a special heat-dispersing design for extended high-quality recording. Its specifications match those of many professional cameras, ensuring that it meets the demands of video field work.