There has been a fair bit of fuss today over the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera. After the success of it’s GH2 for video mode, the GH3 is a giant leap in that direction, including many video functions that you would expect on some of the more upmarket and popular DSLRs plus more!
The Panasonic GH3 censor comes with a 16 megapixel digital Live MOS sensor with new 3-core Venus 7 FHD Engine processor. Coupled with a multi stage noise reduction system the GH3 has improved its ability to handle low light situations with reduced noise over the GH2. The new sensor also features a low-pass filter that provides increased image sharpness.
The GH3 comes with a flexible range of shooting modes for video making it a very enticing camera for videographers. It shoots Full Hd 1920×1080 at 60, 50, 25 or 24Mbps. Slow and fast motion recording is also possible.
The camera can also record in MOV, MP4, AVCHD or AVCHDp formats with a maximum bandwidth of “72 Mbps (ALL-Intra) / 50 Mbps (IPB)
Panasonic have also reconfigured the internal wiring to reduce overheating issues.
For still photographers the addition of 6fps continuous shooting is a plus. (20 in 4-MP mode)
Auto-focusing speed has been improved to 0.07 seconds. The camera also has focus peaking as an option to assist focusing.
The GH3 has a 3-inch 1,700,000-dot OLED LVF screen with 100% frame coverage. The screen has has touch capabilities, similar to the responsive touch quality of iPhones. It also has an electronic Viewfinder which is rumoured to have a high response time of 16.7ms.
The camera has a built in Wi-Fi transmitter which will allow the camera to be controlled wirelessly by iOS and Android devices. Images and video can also be transferred via wifi to these devices. Alternatively there is also the option of the in-built HDMI.
One feature which is particularly impressive is the addition of an 3.5mm Mic input and headphone jack.
The body has a weather sealed dust-and-splash proof magnesium alloy. This will make it an attractive choice for photographers and videographers looking to shoot regardless of weather conditions.
Panasonic have developed a range of optional accessories for the GH3 including a battery pack, shotgun mic.
With all of these impressive features I would have to say that the most impressive to myself, being an unabashed Canon 5D mark II lover, is the unlimited shooting time. I constantly run into issues with the 5Ds 12 minute recording limit, so the ability to shoot for an unlimited amount of time is a dream come true. (It comes with a 29 minute time restriction however when shooting in PAL)
Overall the camera looks like it will be a competitive contender for photographers and videographers alike. It will be interesting to see how it fares. I’m looking forward to seeing more examples of the cameras dynamic range.
The Panasonic Lumic DMC-GH3 will be available in Australia in January 2013
Panasonic GH3 hands on Preview – Digital Camera World
Panasonic Performance – leaked video
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