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PanasonicLumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 164 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (136)
  • Easy to use (106)
  • Large clear LCD (98)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (94)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (77)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (29)
  • Poor in low light (13)
  • No image stabilization (5)
  • Small LCD screen (5)

Best Uses

  • Video (127)
  • Travel (77)
  • Landscape/scenery (75)
  • Weddings (62)
  • Family photos (61)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (47), Semi-pro photographer (47), Photo enthusiast (38), Photography student (10), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (143), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well pleased, this is a KEEPER

I have been a photography hobbyist since I was a kid. I have owned dozens of different cameras through the years, and I ultimately bought a 35mm SLR about 30 years ago. This...Read complete review

I have been a photography hobbyist since I was a kid. I have owned dozens of different cameras through the years, and I ultimately bought a 35mm SLR about 30 years ago. This was a Nikon FG which came with the standard 50mm lens. I added a 28mm, a 75-300 zoom, a Speedlite, and a few filters. And I had to buy a large camera bag to hold it all. I lugged that bag around on several trips, and it got heavy around the neck pretty quickly. Of course, as digital photography progressed, I put the old 35mm system on a shelf. I got into point & shoots, and other cameras that were small and light due to the small sensors. I figured that some day, digital cameras would progress to the point where the capabilities of the old SLR system would be replaced by SMALLER and LIGHTER equipment. That day is here. The Lumix GH3 is slightly larger than the old Nikon, although that FG model was one of the most compact 35's on the market. More importantly, the GH3 feels like it weighs about HALF as much as the old Nikon FG.

I used to be satisfied with medium-resolution pictures. However, with the advent of HD TV, now we put our photos on the big screen instead of printing out photos. The older, 4 to 7 megapixel photos just don't show that well on a modern high-resolution TV screen. So, although a few years ago the 14 to 16 MP photos seemed liked overkill, now, they are just right. With the micro 4/3 format, the lenses don't need to be as long, and consequently the lenses are lighter and more compact. Since Panasonic and Olympus joined forces (with cross-compatible camera systems) the number of available lenses has more or less doubled. I haven't counted, but I estimate the total of different lenses available from these two Japanese giants is about 40. Granted, a fraction compared to the Canon/Nikon DSLR lenses available, but --- how many do you really need? Now maybe a pro (I am not one) might need to choose from a few hundred lenses, but I think that for the average amateur, 40 choices covers the waterfront. Besides, adapter mounts are available, if you have legacy lenses from YOUR old 35mm system.

The camera itself has a very solid feel, undoubtedly due to the magnesium body. The viewfinder is plenty clear enough, in fact I use that most of the time, instead of the back LCD. The back LCD rotates nicely in all directions, so it can be flipped over and stored against the camera, to protect the screen when not in use. The sound that the camera makes when the shutter is pressed is just like a mirrored 35 SLR, although of course this camera does not use a flipping mirror. The quality of the photos and videos is simply spectacular. Also the sensor seems to be very sensitive, indeed the camera can take high quality photos in the dimmest of light. The lens I use is a simple f3.5 - f5.6 /14 - 45mm zoom model, made by Lumix.

When I went shopping for this camera, I found that most of the web sites were out-of-stock, and the units were back ordered. Then one day I checked on BHPhoto, and the cameras were available. I ordered one, and just two days later they were all gone again. Obviously, the camera is proving to be a good seller.

The viewfinder can be set to give "LEVEL" reference lines---not just for left-to-right tilting correction, but also for the vertical (up and down) tilting correction. The provided neckstrap is great. It is nice and wide, which spreads the pressure around. The tripod screw is centered under the lens, which is handier than the offset that some cameras have. The zoom lens I have found to be very useful, as the 28-90mm (35mm equivalent) is the sweet spot for most photos. The camera has a time-lapse feature, but I haven't used that yet. Future gear buys: naturally, a real flash (this camera has a pop-up unit) and a couple of lenses---I think a super wide angle, and a telephoto.

Some nags: The battery charger has a 120-volt cord. This takes up a lot of room in the bag. Why not just have a charger that plugs into, and hangs onto, a wall socket? An extra battery is not cheap. But I bought a no-name knock-off battery once for another camera, and that battery almost got stuck in the compartment --- it was just a millimeter fatter. I'm sticking with the OEM from now on, regardless of the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good & bad design issues revealed

Pros:
• NO time limits recording video
• Nice swivel screen
• Well made & ergonomic designed body
• Excellent touch screen feature
• Headphone sound...Read complete review

Pros:
• NO time limits recording video
• Nice swivel screen
• Well made & ergonomic designed body
• Excellent touch screen feature
• Headphone sound monitoring output
• Excellent video and photo image quality
• Lens diversity and flexibility with ability for adaptation for film, cinema or TV lenses
• Adjustable image and video contrast/color/sharpness settings like a professional TV camera would have
• battery life is excellent, aftermarket batteries last even longer
• SD card slot is ideal and affordable as a media format
• Built in monitoring of sound and exposure meters on screen
• Lots of extra features that are not so important
• With good lenses, the camera creates exceptional image quality
• Auto exposure/focus features useful with the Lumix lenses

Cons:
• Camera turns of monitoring of sound, exposure, battery... etc after 5 seconds making actual use of those features unusable. You must "activate" the monitoring to check very important levels on sound, exposure, battery, memory card... etc. constantly making filming important TV, Corporate and event recordings very difficult and frustrating. Waking this sleep setting on the screen requires touching the screen or recording buttons which risks accidentally turning off the recording or touching the camera which can cause impact shake of the media recording.
• Same sleep feature prevents the record button, ISO, shutter and/or white balance from being ready to important action oriented sports recording. It's very easy to miss critical shots due to the camera "sleeping" after 5 seconds if you are not trigging the screen and focusing system. This is a huge design flaw and to this date, I cannot see anything in the menu or features to turn off this critical error in design. When you press record, the camera just wakes and does not record. It's a terrible error which as made me miss many critical shots in live sports and action sequences.
• ISO goes to extended ranges but noise starts in fairly heavily after ISO of only 500. So the lenses you get better be F/1.4 or 1.8. Most lenses that are 2.8 or 3.5 are pretty useless in lower light or evening scenes.
• Adapters for this camera for Canon lenses must have iris control ring added. Due to this, I went with all Nikon D or Al lenses.
• All adapters for film camera lenses tend to be a loose and flimsy fit and do shift a bit when turning focus and zoom rings, which then compromise the image during recording. Adapters for C mount or TV lenses seem to have lots of focus problems or are pretty poor in color and image quality... though are cheap. DX - ED lenses seem to be ideal, but focus is extremely sensitive and nearly impossible at medium or telephoto lengths.
• The new MOV format does not really solve editing issues. The H264 intraframe 4:2:0 codec still requires transcoding to ProRes 4:2:2 to prevent lag issues with editing, color corrections, using transitions, compression to media formats.
• The MOV format seems to separate with longer length recordings into separate smaller files which in parts are missing frames at the very end of the segment... at leases when using Quicktime to play them. Only after transcode to ProRes do the frames and segments actually link together accurately without loss of sound and frames.
• Micro 4/3 chip size limits results of good bokeh with the need to back up twice a far from your subject to get the same frame size, which then doubles your depth of field giving a more video (not cinema) look. A 50mm nikon F/1.4 lens is a telescope on this size chip. Be ready to find a 25mm or lower lens to get a standard size framing of your subject. The 25mm F0.95 Voigtlander tested to be the best lens for this camera.
• The 3" monitor is very difficult to use for precise focusing. You really need to have an HD monitor on the side with this camera. Zoom-in focus works before you record, but not during recording. Subjects can/do move and autofocus is not always reliable.

Recommendations:
• Maybe Panasonic will release a firmware update to turn off the very poor error of the 5 second sleep function. It serves no purpose at all.
• Use manual focus cinema or film lenses at F/1.8 or better
• Slightly underexpose. The exposure meter is not so accurate
• Keep your hands on the camera constantly because it sleeps during recording and stops monitoring of important levels.
• Keep ISO under 500
• A good lens, HD monitor and tripod will be way more than the camera itself. Better to buy a 4:2:2 colorspace or better camera for the same cost.

The bottom Line:
This camera is a powerhouse for the price. With no time limits and high bit rate video and 16Megapixle photos, it will do most everything you need for TV, Corporate and events. For low light, you will struggle. Ideal lenses for this camera really show off the quality of the photos/video. I had success green-screen chroma-keying media from this camera. Using a external HD monitor will resolve issue of on sleeping screen monitoring. The 3.5 jack sound in and out are truly excellent features. Maybe someone will make a 4K hack that allows this camera to shoot 4K video at 24p. With cameras like the pocket Blackmagic M4/3, this GH3 camera may become over priced when you can shoot true 4:2:2 quality on SD cards and have instant editing and better latitude for the same price. This camera really needs a full size chip just to deal with the poor noise at over 500 ISO.

My background:
Telly Award Winning TV director and DP. Two-time national photo contest winner. 10 year owner of media firm dong over 2000 production to date for TV, Corporate and consumer level projects. A+ certified IT expert, 8 year IT xpert with IBM and GE with Electronics degree. Photographer since high school 25 years ago. NY Institute of Photography graduate from 25 years ago.

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5.0

Absolutely love this camera

By DeanBob

from White Bear Lake MN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

    I just started exploring all the things this camera does.The overall feel and operation are awesome. Can't wait to see all the new pictures to come.

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    5.0

    Great for live production and general use.

    By Isai Gonzalez

    from Lancaster CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

      We use this product as a live camera in our church services. It works well with the ATEM live production switcher. We enjoy using it because it is small and we can trust that it will work. We also use this to record our weekly announcements videos and footage for events. We have not come across something we do not like on this camera.

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      5.0

      So far, I'm in love.

      By Arianna

      from Orlando, FL

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

      I have had this camera for a few weeks. I bought an adapter to use my old Olympus lenses and so far I've been extremely pleased. My videos are so much more dynamic than they were when I used a camcorder and I love that I get to play around with taking photos again as well. I love the color settings and everything is really easy to navigate. I was able to customized my settings in minutes. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a solid video camera and can't quite afford the gh4.

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      5.0

      BEST SLR FOR VIDEO BESIDES THE GH4

      By PHOTO BUFF

      from NY NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Battery Lasts A Long Time
      • Easy To Use
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Reliabable
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD
      • Well Thought Out Menu

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

        I USE IT FOR VIDEO MOSTLY BECAUSE OF ITS EXCELLENT VIDEO CAPABILITIES.ITS STILL PICTURE ABILITIES ARE
        VERY GOOD BUT FOR ABSOLUTE PROFESSIONAL STILL PICTURES YOU WOULD PROBABLY WANT TO GO WITH CANON OR NIKON SLR'S BUT REMEMBER THAT THEIR VIDEO QUALITY CAN'T COMPARE TO PANASONIC'S GH SERIES.

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        5.0

        I really like this camera for stills

        By Designer

        from Green Valley, AZ.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

          I have been using my Olympus OMD EM5 with my panasonic 7-14mm lens
          for real estate photography and was tired of the purple flare. I thought about purchasing the newer Olympus 7-14mm, but my Panasonic 7-14mm was still in very good shape so when I saw the Panasonic GH3 on sale at B & H, I decided to give it a try. I works great with my Panny 7-14mm and I love the ergonomics and also the Lumix menu system. The camera just seems very intuitive to use, but I do wish it had a higher flash sync, but I was aware of it when I made the purchase. The GH4 would take care of that, but it is much higher priced,partially because of it's video capabilities. So yes I am very happy that I purchased this older Panasonic model. I'm starting to love the M4/3 cameras and lenses. I have been using A7 series Sony cameras, but there are not enough prime lenses for what I want and needed so I will be selling all of my Sony gear and using only Olympus and Panasonic equipment.

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          5.0

          Best Valued Camera I student could ask for

          By Jblee

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

          I love to shoot videos. I recently had the GF3 which is kind of like the baby version of the GH3. After looking at what the GH3 was capable of I was blown away with the image quality and nifty tricks it had in the camera itself. I can't wait to finish off my film that I created with this new camera. 100% recommend to any student who's looking to shoot video on a lowish budget. No need to buy a canon 6d or 5dmii/iii for great video quality. The GH3 is perfect for you!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By Mike G

          from Burlington, VT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

            Great camera, especially for the $548 price tag. It takes quality shots and good video too with lots of options to fine tune both.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent HD camera

            By oswharton

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

            I love the GH3. Been using it since it was released, and it's still a great HD camera. And for the price it's at now, it's a great option for a B cam. Pair it with an external recorder/monitor and capture outstanding ProRes. I use this both in studio and in the field.

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            5.0

            Nice Set Up

            By singlespeeder

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Aerial
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

            The GH3 is used with Nikon Lenses to photograph landscapes, aerial photos, and just casual project work. We use it with a metabones adaptor with Nikon Glass, and an Olympus 45 mm micro 4/3rds lens. The camera focuses extremely fast and is amazing sharp when used with the Olympus lens (90 mm 35 mm equivalent). The camera is easy to focus manually with the Nikon lenses that we use. We shoot almost everything in RAW, and the images are on par with the quality expected from a micro four-thirds sensor. That is, noisy beyond 1600 ISO, acceptable up to 800, and very useable below. The end result of all of our work is usually a printed image, and we are able to easily obtain these up to 20x30 inch size with a little upscaling in Photoshop, as long as we are using the lower ISOs. As an added bonus, and something we did not really consider, is the wonderful video capability of this little camera. Truly wonderful, at least for those of us dabbling in video. I'll try to post more about the cameras video capability after we figure out how best to use it for our work.

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            4.0

            A Great Camera for Low-Budget Short Films

            By Cam Logan

            from Augusta, GA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO
            • Poor Image Stabilization

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

            After much research and time spent watching YouTube videos filmed with this camera, I decided to bite the bullet, and give this camera a shot. The Panasonic GH3 has such a great video quality, that I can finally film short films that have a close to professional quality.

            Most professional short films are filmed on cameras that cost three or four times as much. This camera can film quality films that could be screened at film festivals, with no one being the wiser.

            As an aspiring film director, I am extremely happy with the potential that this camera provides. Paired with a good lens, such as the Olympus 45mm f1.8, you can film at night, with high quality and well-lit images. The camera itself feels good in your hands, with an almost perfect weight.

            Settings control is easy to pick up on, if you do a little research. It's a user-friendly design, that helps you get the settings you are looking for.

            Overall, a great camera with a sleek and modern feel. Buying from B&H was easy too. Such a great experience!

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            5.0

            ...A Video Champion.

            By Sal, the sound guy.

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

              Have not check all the features yet (they are too many)...Already own a GH2 and I was pleasantly surprise with the size, the 3.5mm mic and headphone inputs. I downloaded the app. which makes setup a lot easier, specially on a Tablet and the best thing you do not need a wireless switch or router to communicate...my camera is talking directly with my cell phone. This camera paired with the right lens can rival cameras 10 times the price. Awesome piece of equipment and as usual B&H delivered on time.

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              5.0

              It's my second

              By pRhaskell

              from Marshfield, VT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                Love this camera. Bought a second one to have two of them shooting video at an event. (Also, like grabbing one with the right lens for photography.) Very versatile camera that shoots sharp images. ... Didn't really need the 4K of the GH4.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great little camera

                By Henry

                from Philadelphia

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                I love it, great image quality. The one beef I have is that up close focusing is not great, it tends to hunt.

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                5.0

                A great product at a great price.

                By Kyle G

                from Southwest MI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Built-in Intervalometer
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Long battery life
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                  I use this camera primarily for video work, and it's well-suited for that. I love that it has no recording limit, and that it uses the M4/3 lens mount system. The battery goes all day, which is insanely nice. The designers of the GH3 definitely put a great deal of thought into the camera for videographers, as it includes several handy built-in tools for framing your shot. In addition, the touchscreen was a lovely feature I didn't know I needed, but now could not live without. One of my only complaints is that the information on the display will go away after a short period of time, but that is an issue which has been resolved with the GH4. All in all, it's a great product, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in videography.

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                  5.0

                  An Exceptional Camera for Video Work

                  By Multimedia Specialist

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Quiet
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • Small LCD Screen

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                  I'm a videographer who mainly uses DSLRs and this is the first mirrorless camera I've owned. For video, yes, the GH4 offers more in the way of control over video-oriented settings, but for the price (especially during a B&H sale), the GH3 is an excellent tool. I've only used it for a few weeks so...

                  The Pros so far:
                  Video recording at 30p allows a bitrate up to 72Mbps
                  The ISO is virtually noiseless up to 600
                  The battery life is exceptional compared to the GH2
                  The m43 sensor allows for the use of almost any lens with an adapter

                  The Cons so far:
                  For video, at 60p, I wish I could set the shutter to 1/120th for 180 degrees.
                  The crop on the sensor does leave more to be desired, but if you have more than one rig, this isn't a big deal.

                  Overall, this camera was recommended to me by a friend and I would, in turn, recommend it to anyone who is serious about run and gun photo/video work as well as small studio/production projects. But if you have the money, seriously consider the GH4!

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                  5.0

                  Great Budget Video Camera

                  By Southeast Hobbies

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                    I am a film student and purchased this camera as my first video DSLR. It is simply amazing! Battery life is around 3+ hours when shooting MOV. Low light performance is better than expected. Some reviews have claimed the low light performance is not good. But, when paired with a cinema prime with f2.0, its low light performance is impressive.
                    Overall I am very happy with my purchase of this camera.

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                    5.0

                    Love this camera

                    By Ed

                    from Orlando, Florida

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                    I am an amateur photographer so I don't know much about cameras, but I am very glad I chose the gh-3. It's easy to use and everything I expect from a high-end camera.

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                    4.0

                    My GH3 and me

                    By NJ Video Guy

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                      I got the GH3 for use primarily for video acquisition. However, it is a still camera as well. So, I plan on using it in both capacities. With the rise of DSLRs for video, it's a good means to "catch up". The video quality and depth of field lend the video a nice cinematic feel. It's reasonably priced and offers a wide range of features, many I have yet to explore.

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                      5.0

                      Panasonic is now the way to go!

                      By PeterTheArtist

                      from Miami

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                      Ive looked at Panasonic and Sony cameras for over 2 years now! I was always hesitant because Canon has always dominated the DSLR film market. I always felt if I went to another brand I will always be getting less. After searching to upgrade from my Canon T3i &7d I started really considering Panasonic and Sony mirrorless cameras. After watching hours of reviews and hours of documented research I decided to go with the Panasonic GH3. Within the first couple of minutes using this camera I realized I may never go back. This camera exceeded every expectation I ever had. The amount of features and options on the camera is incredible! The quality of the camera is also just unheard of for a camera in this price range. I almost slapped myself for not taking this route earlier! Many issues it did have were covered in a firmware update. The continuous auto focus is just beautiful! It also comes with so many features that would cover every single problem you would run into when you are filming in the field! To many to list!

                      Pros: Top Quality image, & build! Cheap Camera! Many more features to help make shooting easy for a professional cinematographer.

                      Cons: Lumix brand lens may be pricey for the average low budget film maker.

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                      5.0

                      Great!!

                      By Keith

                      from Knoxville Tennessee

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                      No problems at all! so much to learn about this camera! Videos and photos look great!

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