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

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (103)
  • Large clear LCD (78)
  • Easy to use (75)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (71)
  • Image stabilization (58)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (20)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • No image stabilization (4)
  • Small LCD screen (4)

Best Uses

  • Video (95)
  • Travel (60)
  • Landscape/scenery (56)
  • Family photos (49)
  • Low light (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (39), Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (31), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (108), 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

Terrific value, excellent ergonomics.

By Wild Bill

from Chicago, IL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    With B&H's gift card & 4% cash back, the cost of this body is $. That's a terrific bang for the buck. This is my second mirrorless camera. My first was a Nikon V1 kit with FT-1 adapter. The V1 is an excellent camera, but the GH3 works much better with older legacy Nikkor glass and the larger sensor gives you a more shallow depth of field & 2X vs. 2.7X crop factor. I bought a $ Fotodiox Nikon to 4/3/adapter & am very pleased with the results using Nikkor A1 & D lenses. I love the design of this camera, it has an excellent intuitive feel & great ergonomics. The learning curve is very short & the touch screen works well. The feel of the body is somewhat similar to my Nikon D7000. I have a lot of old Takumar screw mount glass & I will be buying another adapter for them. The body is of quality build & light weight. I consider myself an enthusiast and I mainly do nature & casual family oriented (dogs,etc.) still & video photography. The only complaint I have about the GH3 is that the WIFI setup needs to be simplified. Other than that, this is an extremely versatile & well interfaced, customizable camera.

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    5.0

    Plenty of whiz and bang

    By iceager

    from Portland, Or

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

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

      This is a nice sized camera with many features. I enjoy using the viewfinder for most of my shots which is good since the fold-out viewer is difficult to see in sunlight and is less than optimal for low angle shots; mostly because of the reduced resolution and reflections. Finding my way around the different menus is sometimes confusing but eventually it all works out. The top buttons for WB, ISO and exposure compensation are a little close together and the rear mounted video button is a little difficult to access while holding the camera to my eye. Still, all in all, I am happy I purchased this camera. Unless you have extra large hands I do not think the accessory battery grip is needed. My hands are average for my height (6') and the camera fits me fine.

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      5.0

      Best Hybrid Camera

      By Phil

      from New Jersey

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Battery Life
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD
      • Video Oriented
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video

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

      Wonderful camera. Small, great for video while still having decent stills, weatherproof, good battery life, light, durable.The only complaints I have with this camera is that the video and photo settings are not independent. This means what ever shutter speed you set for a still, when you switch to video it will be the same shutter speed and it's a bit of a pain to scroll it back to 1/50 each time. Pretty big flaw considering it's meant to be an excellent hybrid camera.Now that the GH4 is out there are a couple small improvements aside from the 4K but to me it's not worth it. You're really not getting anything besides downscaling the video from 4K to 1080 for added detail. For the extra $[$]you spend to get a GH4 I'd get this and spend the $[$]on lenses, accessories, etc.Happy Shooting!

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      4.0

      Excellent for the money

      By Jc.

      from Pharr Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video

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

      amazing camera love it.
      keep ISO below 1600

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      4.0

      Amazing Video Okay Stills

      By Hank5

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Not A Good Stills Camera

      Best Uses

      • Video

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

      I love this camera for video. The quality of the image is amazing. Panasonic has done it again. However, the stills are not quite up to the quality I'm used to (Canon). They are usable but not quite there yet. Not problem for me as I've kept all of my Canon glass and equipment. The touch screen, the ability to customize your shooting profiles, the high bit rate for video makes this a tremendous value and worthwhile investment. Get it you won't regret it.

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      5.0

      excellent machine

      By Fernando

      from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Video

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

        Highly customizable, mutos control knobs and well located, several options for filming and photography.

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        5.0

        Hard to beat

        By Ryan

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Noisy At High ISO

        Best Uses

        • Video

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

        So I've had this camera for almost a year now, and time and time again it has outperformed all of my friends camera. I use it for mostly video, but some simple photography. Sure the sensor is a little smaller, but as long as you know how to use it by moving closer or further away from your subject and choosing the right focal length you'll be fine. I've heard some people complain about how the sensor size prevents you from being able to get a really shallow depth of field. Don't listen to them, because anyone that thinks micro four thirds can't get a shallow depth of field is dead wrong. When shooting wide open (1.4) on my leica/panasonic 25mm, I loose focus if my actor leans too far forward. Besides shallow depth of field is overrated and over used. Records directly to h.264 .mov is wonderful. Live preview is great, can't live without it now. Don't like the fact that the HUD disappears after a few seconds. Can't tell much difference between the 72mbps and 50mbps data rates. 1080 60p is crazy awesome, just remember to change your shutter speed. Most DSLRs in the category only shoot up to 720p at that rate. Image quality can get noisy very quickly if you up the ISO. Programmable function buttons, good. People complain about the rotary dial... it's a non-issue. Everyone single person that I talk to that is thinking about getting a camera, I recommend this one.

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        5.0

        Great Hybrid for Videographers

        By Marketing Videographer

        from Peoria, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Viewfinder Sensitivity

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

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

        I come from a traditional videography background and knew that the industry has been gravitating towards HDSLRs for affordable cinematic looks. However, I did not like the limitations in the common Canon and Nikon models especially at higher price points just for bodies alone.

        It took me a good year of research and comparisions and found that GH3 was indeed the secret hybrid for a videographer to break into the HDLSR realm without sacrificing limitations. The primary feature was the 1080p60 frame rates, AVC-Intra codecs, with unlimited clip duration. That indeed exceeds the features in some traditional video cameras in the same price. However, it was surprising that with all the frame rates, 720p30 is only available in MP4 mode and not MOV or AVCHD.

        The Wifi mobile app is the next major feature that sets it apart from Nikon and Canon. I love the ability to control the camera remotely and transfer photos directly to my phone and eventually to social media all in the field without a computer. (The photo examples are all sent to my phone straight from the camera without post-processing).

        The in-camera filters and scene presets are also impressive features. You can do spot color, stars, and food enhancements that are all done without post-processing. I love taking food photos with this camera.

        Pairing this camera with the Lumix 12-35 f/2.8 lens is ideal to 1) get narrow DOF for cinematic looks and low-light performance as well as 2) capitalize on the auto-focus and image OIS features.

        Even thought some photo pros critisize its m43 sensor over a full-frame sensor, it's still 4x the size of my Panasonic AC160 traditional ENG video camera. Now that I have a GH3 for home use, I would love to get the GH4 for my professional video work.

        Now the few cons that I have found:
        -The sensor on the EVF is very sensitive so if your hand or body gets close to the touch screen it shuts off because it flips over to the EVF.
        -The video record button is actually recessed too much which makes it hard it actually press when you want to. All the other buttons are raised except for the video record button. Luckily, you can turn it off so in video mode you can use the larger shutter release button. It would be nice to use both equally.
        - The audio meters have no db markings, so you don't know where they compare to traditional audio recording devices.
        - The audio input controls do not have an AGC to manual gain switch in the menus, so it seems like the level control is actually a variable limiter to the AGC and not a traditional gain control.
        - Custom Function buttons are limited in which ones can go in which places. I figured that since each one could be customized, they would all have pool of all functions of the entire camera and assign them to wherever you wanted. Instead, each function button has its own list of what you can assign to that location.

        Overall, the GH3 has a large feature set to be loved by videographers and photographers. Paired with the Lumix f/2.8 lens and a single battery, you can get into the HDLSR market in only $2k. At that price you barely get just a Nikon D600 body and not even close to a Canon 5D body. Definitely worth the investment to stay in the Panasonic family.

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        5.0

        Panasonic's Biggest Fanboy

        By tonsfocus

        from Chiang Mai, Thailand

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Noisy At High ISO

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video

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

        I spent half a year researching my first DSLR-video camera, and decided to go with the GH2. From the get-go it was a life-changer. It just delivered the most stunning video, even without the hack. It has an amazing form-factor, and coupled with my growing assortment of (Lumix, mostly) lenses, I have never stopped raving about and marveling over the GH2.

        So, it took only a few days' consideration to decide to go with its grown-up sister (the GH3) when I needed a second camera. There's a world of great reviews out there, so it seems a waste of time to go into detail, especially now that the GH4 is available.

        To put it in a nutshell: this is amongst the greatest video workhorse cameras out there. No other camera compares for me, especially when you factor in the size and lightness of MFT lenses. This is no small thing! I can literally have three excellent lenses - one on the camera, two in my pockets (hypothetically) and the weight and space taken is absolutely negligible. This is just one area where Panasonic shines vs. Canon or Nikon.

        On this note, I highly recommend the Lumix 20mm as your first lens purchase. It's my go-to lens, and it too has received stellar reviews. The Olympus 45mm is also just the biggest surprise - you wouldn't think it anything serious when first looking/holding it - it is as light as a carabiner, and styled like one too (I bought a weird blue/silver one - black was sold out at the shop I bought it at). But man, what images, and what blazing-fast focusing!

        Another thing that really sets these cameras apart is the fully reticulating screen - it has been so crucial to so many of my shots. It makes a huge difference.

        A short list of pluses for the GH3 (as compared to the GH2):
        Larger size (than the GH2) is actually welcome. It fits in my hands more easily, and seems just right to me.
        Intervalometer (time-lapse).
        Horizon level.
        Two menu wheels.
        Weather-proofing.
        Better audio control.
        And it goes without saying, the video quality and format improvements are just fantastic.

        Panasonic has made a lot of dreams come true with their excellent, affordable cameras, mine included.

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        5.0

        Terrific

        By photog22

        from California

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

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

          Excellent video quality, way beyond the Nikon D5200 I had been using. Accurate and pleasing color, especially on green vegetation which had previously been a disappointment with Nikon and Canon DSLRs. Audio quality with an external microphone (I'm using the Rode Videomic Pro which puts out a strong signal) is very good, so much better than the erratic automatic gain control and hiss of the D5200. Battery power is good. The ergonomics are superior and the camera just feels really comfortable in the hand. The noise is a disappointment, but I knew about that before I bought it. This is the fourth digital camera I've owned, and the first one I'm always excited to use.

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          4.0

          Wifi remote control

          By Rogerlarson

          from Minneapolis

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

          Wow!! Can't believe that I can control my gh3 with my phone. The app is free and has a fast responds time makes it easy to get the shot with out getting out of my lazyboy.

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          5.0

          PRICE TO PERFORMANCE RATIO IS AMAZING

          By Miguel Angel Cotto Morales

          from San Juan, Puerto Rico

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Low Light
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Profesional
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I am an amateur videographer and I use this camera mainly for doing documentaries, interviews, weeding's and special outdoor events. This camera coupled to a Voigtlander Nokton 17.mm f/0.95 lenses is a show stopper. When compared to Nikon, and Canon similar models and lenses the price to performance ratio is amazing, the GH3 will surpass in many areas to other models like the 7D, D7100, among others. Here in Puerto Rico where I live Canon is preferred among photographers and graphic designers, when they see the result of my GH3 they are amazed that a cheaper camera is able to capture better quality video. Another grat factor that blows up the competition is the camera ability to handle the heat! I have been shooting outdoors nonstop for more than 8hrs with this camera on hot summer days (100 + Fahrenheit Degrees) and the camera works superb, where others fail!!! If you are planning to buy this camera body I recommend getting the Voigtlander Lense, Battery Grip & Rode Video Mic Pro to get you started. If you can afford an extra lenses get a good zoom for far away shots!!!The best part is that when the GH4 comes out all the accessories and lenses are compatible!!!! Another great thing is that it is very light! And Panasonic live customer service is great (had to call beacause the flash stop working, all was resolved with a master reset)!!!Cons!!!The headphone and HDMI outputs are on the way of the swivel screen. On humid days the camera acts weird for a couple of minutes then the problem stops.RecommendationIf your planning on getting extra batteries buy the originals!!! (cheap ones will make your camera go crazy). Get a tripod!!!! & practice, practice, practice a lot!!!

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            5.0

            Great DSLR for stills and video

            By Case Face

            from Lake Tahoe

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

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

              I am really happy with this camera. I changed from a Canon so the physical and menu layouts took some getting used to but it was not a big problem. The lens selection is quite limited but you can always get adapters if you want to use canon, nikon, or Leica lenses.
              Stiils:
              The burst mode is quite fast so it is great for shooting action sports or anything that moves quickly. It renders images beautifully in proper light but since the sensor isnt quite as big as canon APSC, not to mention full frame, it helps if you purchase a couple top notch lenses like the lumix/leica 25mm to get superb exposures.

              Video:
              Wow, video looks awesome, almost like a RED camera if you get the settings right. one thing that bugs me is that once you stop recording, it seems like the camera take out the last two seconds that were filmed. This has screwed me over a few times but now im used to it and just wait extra long to stop recording. Other than that small problem the video is amazing.
              Most quality camera I have owned. The body and most lumix lenses and nice and compact. Battery lasts quite long so I dont have to worry about charging it all the time. If you want the camera I would suggest getting it because you will not be disappointed

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              5.0

              Almost Perfect

              By Jessie Ray Hester

              from Edmond, OK

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great battery life
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Light
              • Lightweight
              • Professional
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Microphone

              Best Uses

              • Everything

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

              I'm a serious videographer. It's a huge part of my life, and I wanted a camera to match my aspirations so I researched for nearly 4 months on which camera to buy. I was filming in Jerusalem at the time and I wanted one camera for all my projects—personal and professional. Believe me, I wanted it to do just about everything—studio work, field work, everything news related, any special event, war zones—you name it. I looked at just about everything out there. I didn't care about the price, I solely looked at QUALITY and VERSATILITY. 

              Enter Panasonic's Lumix GH3. 

              Now, after 5 months of nearly constant use, near and far, I have found only one weakness with this camera.

              The GH3 is a mirror-less hybrid DSLR, that will do everything you want it to do. So far it has never let me down. The video quality is just amazing. The detail you can capture and preserve is really stunning. And the fact that it's a hybrid makes like so much more easier. Film your scene, grab to pictures, and you're in business. The battery life lasts me several days too, so I haven't even had to buy a double yet either. It's also unbelievably lightweight and portable and yet ruggedly durable—perfect for action and some extremes. It's ease of use and expert features makes me prefer using it over much more expensive cameras in the studio at work. When I have the choice, I use the GH3 for all my productions—simply because it can and it does a superb job at it.

              Now, with that said, you'll want to pay more attention as to want lenses you get. The camera body, as powerful as it is, is limited to the lens you mount on it. The GH3 mounts Micro Four Third lenses. Thankfully there's a big market for Micro Four Thirds lenses but my favorite one right now is SLR Magic's T/0.95 25MM. Not only does this lens produce a pleasing organic look, but it's just stellar in low light! Light is the maker or breaker of your video, and when the lights do dim, you're going to want this lens. Just remember, you get what you pay for. 

              The GH3 sounds like a PERFECT camera, and in every way it is—except one, and that is the microphone. A videographer has to be an audiophile as well, and my ears just do not like the quality of sound the GH3 captures. Actually, I don't know of any DLSR microphone I like, so I suggest (if you're pretty serious about sound) getting one of Rode's VideoMics. That fixes the problem nicely.

              So, to sum this up, if you're looking for a camera to handle anything you can conjure up in your creative brain, then GH3 is the one for you. You will not regret getting the GH3, especially for this price! In fact, you'll probably regret not getting it sooner!

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              5.0

              GH3 is a solid upgrade!

              By Asombrir

              from Winston, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Image Stabilization

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

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

              I had a hacked GH2 for a while after coming to Panasonic way after trying Nikon then Canon DSLR's. I had actually kept saying I bet the GH3 would be the right package for me. I mostly get hired to film music video's locally and work on documentary work as well. So I had needed features like the headphone jack and wanted the 1080p 60fps. The ALL-I high bit-rate is gorgeous and I had no complaints with the footage from my first hired shoot with the GH3. The 60fps were wonderful once converted to 24fps. I used a vintage Takumar 55mm and it complimented the camera well. The sharpness was almost unbelievable. I loved the colors and more importantly I loved that I could control all manually in video mode. Even moving the iso around while recording when needed. For my work this is a great fit!

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              5.0

              GH3 "BEST DSLR ON THE MARKET FOR FILM"

              By lunerversal

              from florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • 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):

                Use to owned a canon 60d, sold it and bought two gh3's. Best move ever. I'm very disapointed with Canon. They put out a lot of camera last year and no major improvement. Panasonic has been listening to the fillmakers/video guys. Best thing about this camera apart from the picture quality, CONTINUES SHOOTING, 60 FPS FULL HD, BATTERY LIFE, HEADPHONE JACK, AUTO FOCUS, ETC... Plan to buy a 3rd camera, maybe might go for the 4k lol!

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                1.0

                Great Camera, Flawed Support

                By Danny Grizzle

                from Longview, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Size
                • Small Lenses

                Cons

                • Excessive Video Codecs
                • Poor Service And Repair
                • Premature Failure

                Best Uses

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

                  I've been shooting professionally for almost 40 years. This is my first Micro Four Thirds camera, and there is a lot to love. Just yesterday, I had two new lenses delivered from B&H. Day before yesterday, I used the GH3 extensively without a hitch.Next day, the camera will not power up. It is dead.Panasonic runs a tortured telephone support system. The guy who eventually took my call was completely clueless and distracted. He took my facts, and on read back had everything wrong. "You bought this at [@], right?"Panasonic needs something like Canon CPS so that pros can skip past tech support kids who are busy texting their friends and applying acne cream to their faces during calls.Others online says Panasonic does not issue firm repair quotes, that the billed amount comes in higher than the estimate. Canon, in cameras of this price class, has flat rate repairs. The Panasonic service center is in McAllen, TX, but actual repairs are alleged to be in Mexico.Final beef on service: the Panasonic operator insisted that the warranty clock began on ticking on the date the camera was ordered. In my case, it was a preorder, and Panasonic could not deliver for 4 months. I could probably win that argument so long as my credit card was not charged until the product shipped, but another example of sloppy business practices.I've never had a camera fail after only 14 months before. The issue I am having is not hard to find online. It may be a design flaw.Major pain, with me considering ordering 2-3 GH4 models soon as they are released.===Besides my service complaints, I really like the GH3. I do think the camera suffers from too much complexity and the Japanese tendency to throw in the kitchen sink. Every codec known to man is in this camera, making it too easy to make mistakes for guys like me who simply want the best quality the camera can produce. I question why a million other settings need to be provided, except for total amateurs who don't have a clue what any of it means. What the camera needs is a "green" icon program for video mode for clueless amateurs, and a manual high quality mode without clutter of a bazillion amateur codecs.There are too many menus. The Panasonic shotgun mic is a mid-side design, but will not record mid-side, it is dematrixed in camera. This eliminates the main advantage of mid-side, to be able to vary the stereo field in post. Your choices in the camera software when the mic is attached is simply, shotgun or stereo. They should add a mid-side choice in a firmware revision.One operational nuisance - the memory card access door is poorly designed, and is easy to inadvertently open from routine handling, a brush against clothing, or even contact with the camera strap.Before today, I loved this camera. I just had two new lenses delivered for it yesterday. I plan to buy multiple GH4 models. I only hope Panasonic will do something to support pro users better. And a service plan might be in order. Scary to stake a professional reputation on something built and supported like a consumer toy.

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                  4.0

                  Pansonic scored a home run!

                  By Mark

                  from Ramstein, Germany

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Stabilization Lens Based

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video

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

                  I finally pulled the trigger on the GH3 just before Christmas 2013. I have the Panasonic G1, Gh2 and now the GH3. I shoot landscape and architectural fine art photography in Europe (I'm American). First, this camera is a big step up from the GH2. Faster autofocus, dynamic range and a professional feel with the optional battery pack. I does not incude focus peaking but that is NOT a priority to me. And of course the video on is without doubt is sublime. And it has silent shutter, time lapse and a lot more under the hood. Love it and of course unlike the GX7 (also fantastic) the body is weather sealed. If you want to up your game, this camera should be carefully considered. Love it!

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                  5.0

                  First rate

                  By Bay Zero Pictures

                  from NYC

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Use fast lenses and don't worry about a thing.
                      Kit lenses are more than OK in daylight, but videos struggle with noise at higher ISO settings for lowlight conditions.

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                      5.0

                      No more DSLR's for ME!!

                      By wally.rye

                      from Westchester NY

                      About Me 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

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

                          This is our second GH3 body....amazing camera and lens system... Yes I have used pro Canon, Nikon, Leica and Hassey...NO More!!
                          Leica inspired pro lens really perform...touch screen is the death call for scroll wheels!
                          Excellent color balance, hi USABLE ISO.

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