Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Released October, 2012
New: Lumix DMC-GH4 (Feb, 2014)
  • 16.2 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm LiveMOS
  • 3" OLED
The camera's JPEGs aren't sharpening the fine detail as much Adobe Camera Raw but the results aren't far off (and wouldn't be visible in even the largest prints).
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
8.8 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GH3
8.7
D7100
9.7
EOS 6D
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GH3
5.3
D7100
5.6
EOS 6D
5.1
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GH3
10.0
D7100
10.0
EOS 6D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GH3
9.3
D7100
9.2
EOS 6D
9.3
Reviews from photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.8

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GH3
8.8
D7100
9.1
EOS 6D
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-GH3
812 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO
D7100
1,256 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GH3
2,900 LPH
SLT A58
2,400 LPH
D7100
3,000 LPH

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GH3
6 fps
OM-D E-M1
10 fps
SLT A58
8 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-GH3
540 photos
EOS 6D
980 photos
D7100
950 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Lumix DMC-GH3
22.7 bits
D7100
24.2 bits
Lumix DMC-GH2
21.2 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Lumix DMC-GH3
12.4 ev
D7100
13.7 ev
Lumix DMC-GH2
11.3 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3


7.9
With fast glass the GH3 is capable of producing stunning results in low light at ISO 800-1600 with the wide apertures found on the SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 and Voigtlander 17.5mm F0.

9.0
ISO 12800 is best reserved for resizing and smaller prints, while the top speed of 25600 is only for emergency use, but overall the GH3 offers the best still image quality of any G-series camera to date, whilst videographers will surely be salivating at the vast array of options on offer.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Video

HDMI on the GH3 is full screen, full HD 1080p.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
You can choose from three file formats; MOV, MP4 and AVCHD.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
This video was shot, handheld, in 1080p50 (50Mbps).
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Sensor

Raw output contains an impression of more detail, and some lines can be seen right up to 3200 LPH, although at this point we're not looking at true detai.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
The JPEG engine does a good job of rendering the sensor's detail - there's little more to gain in terms of detail or sharpness by processing the Raw files.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
Smooth colour gradations lend a very natural feel to the 12bit raw images on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (almost like looking out of a window) but the raw video format is extremely demanding on storage space, computing power and editing expertise - often requiring hours of post production to get the most out of.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Lens

On the front of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is a small focus-assist and self-timer indicator lamp, lens release button, metal lens mount, flash sync socket and a sculpted, rubberised hand-grip.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
Also helpful is the fact that the tripod socket is aligned with the centre of the lens mount but there's still no camcorder style hole in the base for an alignment notch, meaning the camera is liable to rotate on a quick release plate if a lot of rotational pressure is put on the camera body.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
You can operate just about any of the camera's settings, specify focus point simply by tapping your smart device's screen, or zoom a power zoom lens.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Image quality

The GH3 now handles dimly lit areas of an image far less noisily than the GH2 and the new codec is superb, with very little problems with heavy compression.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
The image is much cleaner when shooting high contrast scenes with a lot of shade and it's better in low light.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
There's not a tremendous amount of additional dynamic range to be had out of the files, but they're reasonable malleable.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Screen

The rear display panel is a 3" 614k dot resolution (640 x 480 pixels) OLED unit that, like that of its predecessor, is touch-sensitive, though it's now capacitive, rather than pressure-sensitive.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
The rear display panel is a 3" 614k dot resolution OLED unit that, like that of its predecessor, is touch-sensitive.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
The Custom menu defines the fine detail of the camera's behavior, from adjusting the AF/AE lock functions and specifying the Fn buttons' functions, to defining the viewfinder and touch screen options.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type LiveMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP
Resolution 4680 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 13.9 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 125 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,900 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,900 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132.9 x 93.4 x 82 mm
Thickness 82 mm
Weight 550 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11n
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Optical

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (72 Mbps, Quicktime)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type OLED
Size 3"
Resolution 614 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.34x
Viewfinder size 0.64x
Display type OLED
Display resolution 614 k dots

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 540 photos
Continuous shooting 6 fps @ 4680 x 3456, RAW, 18 shots
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