Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Review

4.5
October 25, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE

Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 17.20 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.05 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD Ver2.0 compliant (AVCHD Progressive), MPEG4-AVC(H.264). (MOV, MP4)
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, / MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels)
Still Image [4:3] 4608x3456(L) / 3264x2448(M) / 2336x1752(S) / 1824x1368 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard) / [3:2] 4608x3072(L) / 3264x2176(M) / 2336x1560(S) / 1824x1216 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard) / [16:9] 4608x2592(L) / 3264x1840(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard) / [1:1] 3456x3456(L) / 2448x2448(M) / 1744x1744(S) / 1712x1712 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image (MOV*1 : NTSC) [Full HD]1920×1080, 30p (sensor output is 30p, 72Mbps(ALL-Intra)) / [Full HD]1920×1080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 72Mbps(ALL-Intra)) / [HD]1280x720, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 72Mbps(ALL-Intra)) / [Full HD]1920×1080, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 50Mbps(IPB)) / [Full HD]1920×1080, 30p (sensor output is 30p, 50Mbps(IPB)) / [Full HD]1920×1080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 50Mbps(IPB))
Motion Image (MOV*1 : PAL) [Full HD]1920×1080, 25p (sensor output is 25p, 72Mbps(ALL-Intra))*3 / [Full HD]1920×1080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 72Mbps(ALL-Intra))*3 / [HD]1280x720, 50p (sensor output is 50p, 72Mbps(ALL-Intra))*3 / [Full HD]1920×1080, 50p (sensor output is 50p, 50Mbps(IPB))*3 / [Full HD]1920×1080, 25p (sensor output is 25p, 50Mbps(IPB))*3 / [Full HD]1920×1080, 24p (sensor output is 24p, 50Mbps(IPB))*3
Motion Image (MP4*2 : NTSC) [Full HD]1920×1080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 20Mbps) / [HD]1280x720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 10Mbps) / [VGA] 640x480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p, 4Mbps)
Motion Image (MP4*2 : PAL) [Full HD]1920×1080, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 20Mbps)*3 / [HD]1280x720, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 10Mbps)*3 / [VGA] 640x480, 25fps (sensor output is 25p, 4Mbps) *3
Motion Image (AVCHD Progressive*2:NTSC) [Full HD]1920×1080, 60p (sensor output is 60p, 28Mbps)
Motion Image (AVCHD*2 : NTSC) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 24p ?sensor output is 24p, 24Mbps? / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p, 24Mbps) / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 60p, 17Mbps)
Motion Image (AVCHD Progressive*2:PAL) [Full HD]1920×1080, 50p (sensor output is 50p, 28Mbps)*3
Motion Image (AVCND*2 : PAL) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 24p ?sensor output is 24p, 24Mbps?*3 / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p, 24Mbps)*3 / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 50p, 17Mbps)*3
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to Approx. 240 min with H-HS12035 / Approx. 220 min with H-VS014140
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to Approx. 120 min with H-HS12035 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140
Flicker reduction (Motion images) [1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF
Time Code (Motion images) (except MP4) ON/OFF, Count Up : Rec Run/Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode : Drop frame/Non-drop frame selectable(NTSC only)
WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz - 2462MHz (11ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode

VIEWFINDER

Type OLED Live View Finder (1,744K dots equivalent)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equivalent)
Eye point Approx. 21 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0~+4.0?dpt?
Auto eye sensor Yes

FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF assist lamp Yes (ON / OFF)
AF lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist, Shutter AF, / Half Press Release
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint / (Full area touch is available)

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV0-18 ?F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent?
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3, 1EV step) / (Extended ISO125-less under 200, ISO more over 12800-25600 Available) (Up to ISO3200 in Auto)
Exposure compensation 1/3 Step ±5EV (±3EV for motion image)
AE lock AF/AE LOCK button
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, single/burst

WHITE BALANCE

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis

SHUTTER

Remote control Remote control with Bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000-60 and Bulb, Motion image: 1/16,000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 ~ 1/25 (PAL)
Self timer 10sec, 3 images after 10sec, 2sec

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed SH: 20 frames/sec, H: 6 frames/sec, M: 4 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)

SCENE GUIDE

Still image Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Motion Picture Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome

FLASH

Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±3EV
Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensation Yes (ON/OFF)
Flash sync socket Yes

MONITOR

Type OLED Monitor with static touch control
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels 614K dots
Field of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels), Red-Green(11 levels), Blue-Yellow(11 levels)

LIVE VIEW

Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion image: 2.4x, 3.6x, 4.8x (Magnification ratio depends on the recording quality and aspect ratio.)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

LEVEL GAUGE

Level Gauge Yes

VERTICAL SHOOTING DETECTION

VERTICAL SHOOTING DETECTION Yes

PHOTO STYLE

Still image and Video Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom

CREATIVE CONTROL

Motion Picture Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / One Point Color
Still image Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color

CREATIVE VIDEO MODE

Exposure Mode Program AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
Slow and fast motion 40% / 48% / 80% (Records 0.4 times, 0.48 times, 0.8 times slower) / 160% / 200% / 300% (Records 1.6 times, 2.0 times, 3.0 times faster) / (1920x1080, 24p, 24Mbps in MOV, MP4, AVCHD)

PLAYBACK

Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max.16x), Slide Show (All / Picture Only / Video Only / 3D / Category Selection / Favorite, duration & effect is selectable), / Playback Mode (Normal Play / Picture Only / Video Play / 3D Play / Category Play / Favorite Play), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit

IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite

PRINT

Direct Print PictBridge compatible

INTERFACE

USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Dolby® Digital
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America / *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High / AUTO
Speaker Monaural
Remote input φ2.5mm for Remote
External microphone input φ3.5mm for External microphone
Headphone output φ3.5mm for Headphone

LANGUAGE

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish(English)

POWER

Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh) (Included)
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 540 images with H-HS12035 / Approx. 500 images with H-VS014140

Dimensions/ Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) 132.9 x 93.4 x 82.0mm / 5.23 x 3.68 x 3.23 in (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 550g/ 19.40 oz (SD card, Battery, Body) / Approx. 470g / 16.58 oz (Body only) / Approx. 855g / 30.16 oz (SD card, Battery, H-HS12035 lens included)

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80?

STANDARD ACCESSORIES

Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.5 PE / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE / LoiloScope (trial version)
Standard accessories Body, / Body Cap, / LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035), / Lens Cap, / Lens Hood, / Lens Rear Cap, / Battery Charger (AC Cable included), / Battery Pack, / USB Connection Cable, / Shoulder Strap, / CD-ROM

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1

Maximum Aperture F2.8
Lens Name LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
Lens Construction 14 elements in 9 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 1 UED lens, 1 UHR lens)
Nano Surface Coating Yes
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (POWER O.I.S.)
Focal Length f=12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent 24-70mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.25m / 0.82ft
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 84°(Wide) to 34°(TELE)
General
Filter Size φ58mm / 2.3in
Max. Diameter φ67.6mm / 2.7in
Overall Length Approx. 73.8mm / 2.9in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 305g (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Weight [oz] Approx. 10.8oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

External Flash (optional) DMW-FL360L (optional), Wireless Channel: 1ch/2ch/3ch/4ch
External Microphone (optional) DMW-MS2 (optional), Gun/Stereo selectable
Battery Grip (optional) DMW-BGGH3 (optional)

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class10" / *2 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher / *3 Motion images can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec in European PAL areas.

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