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Panasonic Lumix GH3 Digital Camera Review

The Panasonic GH3 is the biggest, most ambitious Micro Four Thirds camera yet

$1,299.00
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8.9 score Tested by Experts
  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is better than 82% of the DSLRs we tested.
  • It is better than 88% of the DSLRs we have tested under $1,500.
  • It is better than 86% of the compact SLR / system DSLRs we have tested.
  • This product is scored relative to other digital cameras we've tested. Learn more.
# of DSLRs Product Score This graph shows the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3’s score compared to other DSLRs we tested.
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Introduction

The GH3 is Panasonic's flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, offering a DSLR-like form factor, built-in flash, large grip, and articulating LCD. The GH3 is the follow-up to the popular GH2, with improved video quality and options doubling down on what made the GH2 so successful. The GH3's collection of customizable buttons, in-depth manual controls, weather-sealing, and high-quality video features should appeal to both enthusiast photographers and videographers alike.

The Panasonic GH3's pricing is not yet finalized but it's expected to be available this December. Pre-orders have already begun on some sites, with the GH3 body going for around $1300. It will also be available in kit form with either Panasonic's high-end 12-35mm f/2.8 lens or their 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 superzoom. Prices for these kits have not yet been announced.

Editor's Note: This review was conducted with a pre-production model of the GH3 featuring firmware 0.5, with finalized image quality and external design. Panasonic's only caveats with this model were that the weather seals were not production-level and that there are some minor bugs in the firmware that may cause the camera to lock up in playback.

Video Review

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Durability
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Distortion
  12. Video
  13. Usability
  14. Ease of Use
  15. Handling
  16. Controls
  17. Speed
  18. Features
  19. Video Features
  20. Conclusion
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