• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 1 inch 122.9mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 240.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic GH3 advantages over Canon XC10

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 3.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    82 mm vs 122 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    555g vs 1040g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 1/2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.1 fps vs 3.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon XC10 advantages over Panasonic GH3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1030k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G5

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic G5
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen
Canon XC10
Panasonic G5
  • $1799
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GH3
Olympus E-M1
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon XC10
Olympus E-M1
  • $1799
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • NFC
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GH4
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon XC10
Panasonic GH4
  • $1799
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Panasonic GH3
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1075
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon XC10
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $1799
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $1075
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony RX10 II

Panasonic GH3
Sony RX10 II
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon XC10
Sony RX10 II
  • $1799
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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