Panasonic Lumix GH3 Review

 
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Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Panasonic GH2
GH2 vs GH3
Successor: Panasonic GH4
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General
Model Number: GH3
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured:
Retail Price: $1299.99
Street Price: $790.69
Date Available: 2012-12-30
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 19.6 oz (555 g)
includes batteries
Size: 5.2 x 3.7 x 3.2 in.
(133 x 93 x 82 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Effective Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.75 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4608 x 3456 (15.9 MP, 4:3),
4608 x 3072 (14.2 MP, 3:2),
4608 x 2592 (11.9 MP, 16:9),
3456 x 3456 (11.9 MP, 1:1),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3:2),
3264 x 1840 (6.0 MP, Other),
2448 x 2448 (6.0 MP, 1:1),
2336 x 1720 (4.0 MP, Other),
2336 x 1560 (3.6 MP, 3:2),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1744 x 1744 (3.0 MP, 1:1),
1824 x 1368 (2.5 MP, 4:3),
1824 x 1216 (2.2 MP, 3:2),
1824 x 1024 (1.9 MP, 16:9),
1712 x 1712 (2.9 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), MPO, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 6.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/60i/30p/24p)
1280x720 (60p/30p)
640x480 (30p)
1920x1080 (Slow: 60p/50p/30p)
1920x1080 (Fast: 15p/12p/8p)
Movie File Format: MOV (ALL-I and IPB), AVCHD 2.0, MP4; with stereo audio
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: No
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: n/a
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Aperture Range:  
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 2x, 4x; Magnification ratio depends on recording pixels and aspect ratio
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: Face detection, AF Tracking, 23-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing, Pinpoint (Full area touch is available)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF
Viewfinder Type: EVF: 1,744K-dots eq. OLED, 100% coverage, 1.34x / 0.67x (35mm eq.) magnification, 21mm eyepoint, -4 to +4 diopter, eye sensor
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution:  
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.67x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 1.34x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 614,000 dots (204,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: Yes
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 200
ISO Settings: Auto, Intelligent ISO, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800; in 1/3 or 1 EV steps; expandable to ISO 125 and ISO 25600; Up to ISO 3200 in Auto
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1/2, Color Temperature Setting (2,500-10,000K in 100K steps)
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome
Self Timer: 2, 10, 3 shots after 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Off; Built-in flash supports wireless mode (4 channels, 3 groups)
Flash Guide Number: 12.0 m / 39.4 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent; GN = 17m (ISO 200)
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, PC Sync Socket
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format: RAW, RAW + JPEG
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Movie File Format: MOV (ALL-I and IPB), AVCHD 2.0, MP4; with stereo audio
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: No
Microphone Jack: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional wired DMW-RSL1
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI (Type-C), 2.5mm Remote Jack, 3.5mm Mic Jack, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.48
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.48
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.46
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 6.1
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): Unlimited
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 5.1
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 24
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 5.2
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 20
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.21
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.086
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.38
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.079
Shutter Lag (notes): Full Autofocus lag, Multi-area AF mode = 0.202s
Startup Time: 0.8
Play -> Record Time: 0.7
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 4.1
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary
Usable Battery Types: 7.2v 1860 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 540
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.5 PE, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, Super LoiloScope (trial)
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
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