Panasonic Lumix GH3 Review by Phil Corsa


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Panasonic Lumix GH3 Review by Phil Corsa

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix GH3 ReviewBy Phil CorsaThe Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a camera with an electronic viewfinder; that means it lacks a flip-upmirror. The camera belongs to the so-called Micro Four System, which also means that it isequipped with a sensor that is smaller than an ordinary APS-C sensor. This sensor measures 17.3x 13 mm. With the lack of a real optical viewfinder, it is obvious that the camera should be in thecategory of smaller DSLR cameras. However, its not.Panasonic is well-known for using relatively short recording distance, i.e. the distance between thelens mount and the image sensor. But now, this seems to be history as the depth gauge has risenby several millimeters as well as the other measurements; both width and height have increasedcompared to its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2. If I could compare the Lumix GH3 withany other competing camera model purely based on quality, it would be the Olympus OM-D E-M5,which I tested relatively recently. But the OM-D is a much smaller camera than the PanasonicGH3. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is also 125 grams lighter than the Panasonic Lumix GH3.To be included in this camera DX-format system, this is a large camera compared to othercameras in the same system. But on the other hand, it has a real hand grip that fits perfectly forpeople with normal-sized hands. All fingers fit around the grip. In addition, the camera feelssubstantially built with its magnesium alloy body. It is also weather-sealed against moisture anddust and actually feels really professional in handling. However, as I’m an ethical person, I have ahard time accepting the camera’s design. In my eyes, it does not look beautiful, and it looksworse in real life than in the picture.But I think the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is really built for high impact because it made a hefty airtravel when I slipped and fell on an ice patch that was hidden under the snow. The camera endedup about four meters away and full of snow. I prayed to God that the camera would not break,and I think He listened. But perhaps it was the engineers at Panasonic that really came to myrescue. It seems that they missed the weather seal around the card compartment, but no snowseemed to have penetrated there anyway. The camera worked just fine after I wiped away mostof the snow. Perhaps that’s why this camera is the most expensive model in Panasonicsprograms. If you are interested in the daily current price, just scroll down below this article.
  2. 2. While I mention the price issue here, it may be worth noting that the optional battery gripcurrently costs $200, which makes the Panasonic Lumix GH3 even more expensive. But what ismost remarkable is the price comparison with the Olympus OM-D. Today, the OM-D is $540cheaper than the Lumix GH3 (both camera body only). As I understand, there is exactly the samesensor in both cameras. No matter how you twist and turn it, the Panasonic GH3 seems to be a bittoo expensive.Good Button SystemWhat I really appreciate about this camera is the ability to quickly set up the camera functionswith buttons and/or wheels. This is unlike many cameras where the manufacturers really tried todevelop the digital possibilities of long and complicated menus, forcing you to dive deep into thecamera to find any of them, and it can take forever before learning that menu system. Now, itsrather quickly and easily done without the need to look in the manual.For those who want to customize their cameras, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is one of the best in itsclass. There are a lot of optional features and, of course, the three programmable modes: C1, C2and C3. Here, you can set your own settings for various scenes, such nature photography,portraits and sports or in the same niche, like animal photography, C1 for photo safari with a longfocal length, C2 for animals at a short distance and C3 for macro photography.There are three adjustment wheels for aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation andmore. In addition, there is a fast, accessible knob to the right of the viewfinder for setting singleAF, manual and continuous focus. In addition, there are direct buttons for setting the AF area,sensitivity and white balance. It’s great to have real buttons and wheels instead of complicatedmenus.MenusIf youd rather keep on with menus, they are at least logically arranged. You can navigate witharrow keys and also directly on the screen, as it is a touch screen. You can even control the AFpoint directly on the touch screen. The screen can be rotated in all positions and has a resolutionof 460,000 dots. It uses OLED technology instead of LCD, and both contrast and color
  3. 3. reproduction is very good.Electronic ViewfinderThe camera has an electronic viewfinder that gives me some difficulties. The viewfinder of theOlympus OM-D camera is much better. On the Panasonic Lumix GH3, it seems that the outer glasspiece (or is it plastic?) is just not suitable. Many times, I find it difficult to see the viewfinderimage sharply enough. I must have my eye just in the right spot to see the picture clearly. If Ieven slightly change the position, the image becomes blurry. I even tried without my glasses andused lenses instead, but it was the same result in both cases. I hope it works better in your case.When I manage to keep my eye in the right place, the image is relatively good. The resolution isquite high with 1.7 million points, and OLED technology makes the image both sharp and rich indetails. Otherwise, the problem with electronic viewfinders is that the image is not as good as withan optical viewfinder. But here, Panasonic has done it really well.AutofocusActually, there is no need for an autofocus header because I usually have something negative tosay about most cameras and their autofocus. But here, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 stands out witha really excellent autofocus, unlike most cameras. This camera is equipped with a so-calledcontrast autofocus, and in lab environments, it actually focuses a little faster than the OlympusOM-D. It is not only fast; it is also very accurate. There is not any doubt at all with the autofocussetting. It is most noticeable with normal focal lengths and telephoto focal lengths. However, thecamera did not really hang up when it comes to fast movements and pans with fast birds andsports, such as ice hockey. Even continuous shooting is excellent and about the same as theOlympus OM-D. The Panasonic Lumix GH3 deserves a real gold star here.Time LapseThis is probably worth mentioning. The camera has a function to provide so-called "time lapse"situations. Everyone seems to love this new feature and have uploaded lots of both good and bad
  4. 4. ones on YouTube. The camera can automatically take 9,999 pictures at intervals from one secondup to 99 minutes. Be sure to have a fully charged battery if you use this function at maximum.You can see a time-lapse function with the GH3 camera in the video to the left.Panasonic VideoIf you are one of those photographers who often use the video function, you have found the rightcamera. The Panasonic Lumix GH3 has everything you could wish for when it comes to video,even when I compare it to cameras that are much more expensive, like the GH3, which can shootin Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels. Sometimes, I wonder if they have invested more in the Panasonicvideo mode than the still image function.Please welcome and read the full Panasonic Lumix GH3 review here