Panasonic Lumix GH3: Pleasing the Video Shooters
Compact cameras do have an undisputed arena which is certainly modifiable and the same is increasingly getting populated as with better innovations and skillful counterparts. While some CSCs come with a viewfinder installed, some do have a specified hot-shoe facility for adding an external flashlight. The market is one keenly contested arena but the Panasonic Lumix GH3 certainly makes its presence felt with a loaded specs sheet and an exciting build.
Pros: The touchscreen controller is extremely classy whereas the high burst shooting rate is more of a luxury. This camera includes a whole list of exhaustive video based specifications which are backed up by the robust build quality and a solid yet feathery layout.
Cons: The EVF lacks a certain degree of edge sharpness whereas the impending factor happens to be the lack of start rating option as associated with the images.
While we look to review the Lumix GH3, most of the details need to be mentioned while sparing a few sections for the overall performance of the camera. Be it the higher ISO sensitivity or the vari-angle touch screen, the Lumix GH3 is certainly a class performer as per the given price range.
At the heart of the device the 16MP sensor sits pretty as backed up by the Live MOS functionality. The newest chip is certainly a modified version which covers a wider range as per the dynamic considerations. The sensitivity range extends up to a sizeable 12800, which can be expanded up to a sizeable 25600 as per the low-light requirements. In comes the Venus 7 FHD chipset which accounts for the quicker shooting spree besides the high speed mode extending up to a whopping 20fps. Regardless of the JPEGs or the RAWs, the camera ascertains a basic rate of atleast 6fps which is certainly very acceptable. One might go down to even 2fps while keeping the shutter speed within control. Here is the exposure mode with aperture priority and the manually grafted PASM modes the elusive intelligent auto. One might also make use of the creative controls which are segregated into 14 elements while incorporating both miniaturization and even the cross-processed look. Full HD captures can be initiated with ease with a high-end pixel resolution at 1080p.
This is one small yet compact device which comes in with a noticeable change as compared to the predecessor. The deeper grip is also an exquisite addition whereas this model is also quite capable of housing a better battery which would go up to 540 shots and more. The overall build quality is on the more comprehensive side whereas the magnesium body does pack in quite a lot of sturdiness. Regardless of the structure and layout, the Lumix GH3 comes with a weather sealed pack. Here is a device which strikes a perfect balance between body and utility while including a comfortable interface to work with. Radical changes have been made to the button placements whereas the dials sporting the dual control are certainly quite handy to incorporate. The D-pad is something which sits atop the gadget and involves a lot of manual controls to bank upon.
The touchscreen in all readiness is excellent and improves over the unresponsive and clunky predecessors. One can easily set the focus point as per the Touch Focus spec which can be turned on with minor touches and jabs. While the AF operation gets a ready boost, Light speed technology is something to back upon which sets up the near perfect focus lock, thus allowing the users to capture each moment with perfection. One can incorporate these AF specs into the single or the continuous shooting domains while adding focus hunting into the mix. What stands out is the support for the class 10 SDHC card whereas the Lumix GH3 also comes with a super drive mode, incorporating around 20fps for atleast 80 JPEGs. One can click out 20 RAW images at full resolution while the frame rate drops considerably.
LCD and the Interface:
Here is a camera which comes with the OLED Monitor which incorporates a static touch controller. This proves to be highly utilitarian with a screen size of 3 inch ably backed up by the 614K dot pixel resolution. The OLED viewfinder is a fantastic addition which supports multiple aspect ratios. USB 2.0 support is rendered in addition to the stereo mode.
This is one near perfect camera which is perfectly backed up by the Live MOS sensor and an exciting yet utilitarian Image processor. Be it the exceptional touchscreen panel or the multiple AF modes, the Lumix GH3 quite perfectly justifies the faith we have on the company as it renders high-end functionality for the given price.
Panasonic Lumix GH3 Rivals:
Panasonic Lumix GH2
Olympus OMD EM5
Canon EOS 5D