• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 1/2 inch 30.7mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic GH3 advantages over Fujifilm HS50EXR

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 1.39 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    82 mm vs 145 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    555g vs 808g
    Lighter weight
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Fujifilm HS50EXR advantages over Panasonic GH3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $339 vs $798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 205k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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 Fujifilm HS30EXR

Panasonic GH3
Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch

Compared to Fujifilm HS25EXR

Panasonic GH3
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch

Compared to Panasonic G5

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic G5
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Panasonic G5
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

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
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Olympus E-M1
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GH4
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Panasonic GH4
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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