• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • $1042 Average Retail $1300 MSRP
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • $406 Average Retail $400 MSRP

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Advantages

Panasonic GH3 over Sony A3000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    0.80 vs 2.20 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • High-res screen
    614k vs 230k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A3000 over Panasonic GH3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    12 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Review Excerpt

  • Professional quality video in a compact body; Still image quality ranks with the best mirrorless models and even some prosumer DSLRs; Fast autofocus; Rugged, weatherized camera build; Reasonably priced for its advanced feature set; Large selection of high quality lenses.

  • Not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Live View not available during high speed bursts; High ISO image quality and dynamic range not quite as good as top APS-C cameras.

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res viewfinder and LCD monitor; Can't review images using viewfinder; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G5

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic G5
  • $1042
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Wi-Fi
  • $445
  • 4/3
  • High-res screen
Sony A3000
Panasonic G5
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $445
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic G6
  • $1042
  • 4/3
  • Headphone jack
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • High-res screen
Sony A3000
Panasonic G6
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GX7
  • $1042
  • 4/3
  • External Mic
  • Headphone jack
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A3000
Panasonic GX7
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $848
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Panasonic GH3
Olympus E-M10
  • $1042
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A3000
Olympus E-M10
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A6000

Panasonic GH3
Sony A6000
  • $1042
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A3000
Sony A6000
  • $406
  • APS-C
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
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