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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
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$797.99 - $1,229.95
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Summary: A 16-megapixel camera from Panasonic with a 3-inch LCD, 2.9x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
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Type: SLR-like digital cameras
About - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3A is a 16-megapixel camera with a 12mm-35mm kit lens that has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24mm-70mm. It has a 3-inch LCD (610,000 pixels) and includes touchscreen capability. It also includes an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when composing in bright light.

Because it accepts interchangeable lenses but does not have a mirror and through-the-lens viewfinder, we consider this model an SLR-like camera.

The camera's kit lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The camera's shutter speed range is 60 seconds to 1/4000 of a second.

The Lumix DMC-GH3A stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPG or RAW files at a top resolution of 4608 x 3456 and full HD-resolution video as MTS, MP4, MOV files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 50 fps.

Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery.

This SLR-like has 23 autofocus points. It also includes 4 flash modes (for the on-board flash), 37 exposure modes, and an exposure compensation control that can be set at +/-5 EV. The image stabilization system for this camera is lens-based.

The Lumix DMC-GH3A measures 5.7 inches wide by 3.9 inches high by 5.7 inches deep, and weighs 32 ounces (2 pounds) (with battery, memory card, and strap).
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Every Panasonic Lumix, from pricey super zooms to budget models, has optical stabilization. Many models offer great value when they combine optical image stabilization with innovations such as intelligent ISO, which automatically raises the camera sensor's sensitivity when it detects motion, allowing faster shutter speed.  Panasonic has several G-series Lumix models that are based on micro four-thirds sensor technology. This type of camera combines key SLR features—a large image sensor and interchangeable lenses—with the smaller size and weight of a point-and-shoot. It has a G Series camera that accepts a 3D lens to shoot 3D video and photos and has one 3D subcompact with two lenses.

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Features & Specs - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
info LCD size (in.) 3
info 35mm equivalent multiplier 24-70
info Shutter speed range 60 - 1/4000
info Still image formats JPG, RAW
info LCD pixel count 610k
info Memory card slots/type SD/SDHC/SDXC
info Height (in.) 3.9
info Depth (in.) 5.7
info Max. ISO 25600
info Live view Yes
info Image stabilizer L
info Color space Adobe RGB/sRGB
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General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.panasonic.com
Product Series G
Product Model DMC-GH3
Product Name LUMIX DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Camera
Product Type Mirrorless Camera
User Reviews - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Video shooter's still camera
6/15/2013
Pros
Decent performance/quality
High resolution
Live view/moveable LCD
Lots of useful options
Prograde Photovideo Tool
Superb Video Quality
Cons
Biggest Of M43 Bodies
Heaviest Of M43 Bodies
Higher End Of Price Scale
Panasonic Repair
Best Uses
Documentary
Travel
Comment:
Fast motor drive function, in fact so fast I have it set on medium, but it's perfect for fast action with a good lens.<br /><br />Best video quality under $1500 bodies. You have to go to much more $$ Canon EOS5d to find anything as good as this. Unlike many Canon/nikon the lenses will autofocus while shooting video.<br /><br />If you don't shoot much video then Canon/Nikon may be better overall choice considering lenses, and overall capabilities.<br />If you are used to earlier m4/3 cameras you got spoiled by their tiny size and featherweight. GH3 loses this advantage, it's roughly same size/weight as Canon t4i, so if you mostly shoot stills and don't plan on buying Panasonic's superb f2.8 12-35 and 35-100 lenses, you may not see much reduction in overall weight or size. It's still going to be overall smaller/lighter than the competition, but that margin is considerably narrowed. But this is still relative -- I can say it's not a problem to carry up steep mountain trail compared to the competition, I'd take this any day.<br /><br />This IS a killer kit with those two lenses. I also recommend the Oly 9-18 or Panny 7-14 lens to round things out.<br /><br />If video is important to you this is one of a very few DSLR's and probably the ONLY one under $1500 that gives you high bit rate (72Mb/s) all intraframe codec. What this means is every frame of video is drawn new instead of the normal differential (only writes what changed in each successive frame). Obviously, this fills storage cards quickly, but you you are shooting things that are intrinsically difficult to compress like moving water, this camera will handle these tasks nicely. You don' need to shoot everything this way, but with storage costs going down and computers ever more powerful, IMO makes no sense to shoot at reduced quality anymore. Best practice is to shoot at highest quality and use a program like Adobe Lightroom export out (a copy of) your content at whatever quality is needed for the task.<br />I save all my RAW files to Adobe DNG too, as it will be around for a long time and does not lose quality.<br />I play my video on Western Digital Live Hub media playing on the big screen.<br />For those who still have excellent old film camera lenses, the m4/3 is probably the best platform if you want to continue to use them.<br /><br />Panasonic's support is poor. You get very little status info and mostly it's wrong. You camera will be in the shop for months unlike Canon and Sony. (This refers to commercial grade equipment, which I feel GH3 is).<br />As a hedge, ask your homeowners about an insurance policy. For under $85 year mine will replace the camera if -literally- anything happens to render it non-functional. Drop in lake, land camera first bounced off ATV, horse stepped on it, yep all covered. (We do have interesting vacations :)<br /><br />Most add-on warranties sold with cameras EXCLUDE just about everything that will likely to damage your camera, especially getting wet. Read the fine print.<br /><br />Bottom line if you want a superb still camera that does Discovery Channel quality video, this is the real deal.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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