Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Camera, Body Only

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The GH3 isn't simply a stills camera and, if you have any interest in shooting video at all, its quality and feature set help it stand apart from the competition.”

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Key Features

  • 16MP Micro Four Thirds-format CMOS sensor
  • Contrast-detection AF system with claimed 0.07-second speed
  • ISO 100-12800, extendable to ISO 25600
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080/60p video with maximum bit rate of 72Mbps
  • 3" OLED display with 614,000 dots
  • Built-in 1.7m-dot OLED viewfinder

Product Description

The Lumix DMC-GH3 is Panasonic's largest and most enthusiast-friendly Micro Four Thirds camera yet, and features a weather-sealed (dust/splash proof) magnesium alloy body, include 6 fps shooting (or 4fps with live view) and five customizable function buttons. Video professionals will be pleased to see that the GH3 offers timecode-supported broadcast quality video capable of bit rates as high as 72Mbps.

The GH3 has a new (not multi-aspect) Live MOS sensor, three-core Venus 7 FHD processing engine and a new low pass filter. Panasonic claims improvements in high ISO shadow detail, color reproduction and white balance over its predecessor. The GH3 also offers in-camera HDR and multiple exposure image modes, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.


User Reviews

  • Ribo, Feb 20, 2013 GMT:
    Excellent video

    Excellent camera for video recording with all the variable parameters. Real images with low-noise, high-speed camera with a full spectrum of colors. It has all the functions of profi appliances, excellent ergometry. Completely satisfied with this purchase camere! Problems: Insufficient pixsel and 8bit converter!

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  • Esa Tuunanen, Dec 30, 2012 GMT:
    Excellent ergonomics overhaul

    Instead of fashionable image quality comparison I'll concentrate on aspect which has been badly neglected in mirrorless systems and literally treated as sacrificial lamb on altar of fashion: Ergonomics as utilitarian tool. While preceeding models GH1 and GH2 were well below even the worst entry level DSLRs Panasonic has clearly this time listened serious photographers instead of fashion magazines. Grip housing now also much needed front wheel is vastly improved and in size almost equal to ...

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  • mortyski, Mar 21, 2013 GMT:
    Panasonic GH3 Review from a Sports Photographer

    In my opinion the Panasonic GH3 is the best m4/3 camera on the market to date.  It is a joy to carry, takes great photos, and has the added bonus of a formidable video camera.  I don't find the size an issue, in fact I like the solid feel in my hands and particularly like being able to use gloves to work the camera. I have tried and tried and cannot see an EVF issue so I wonder what that was all about. I take a lot of sports skiing photos and if you use S-AF the percentage of keepers is as ...

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  • Aleo Veuliah, Mar 22, 2013 GMT:
    Panasonic Lumix GH3. My first impressions.

    I said before that I was going to try the GH3 with my friend at Panasonic Portugal, he said it is a later prototype. The finish was already the same as on the final camera. I don't know where to start but maybe the ergonomics is a good place to start writing my first impressions. I went to Park of the Nations here in Lisbon, it is near to the river and have modern buildings surrounding and nice bars and coffee shops to be there looking at the camera, then I went to his office again to look ...

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Questions & Answers


What features does the G6 have that the GH3 does not.

Thinking of buying a GH3 but think I might miss some features like focus peaking. Thanks for any help.

j.m.young asked
9 months ago


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tron555 answered
9 months ago

j.m.young wrote: tron555 wrote: One of the best sensors ever put in a Micro Four Thirds camera. I know everyone in this forum is fixated on new sensors being better but with a little better jpeg engine the GH2 sensor can be great. Always has been a great sensor if one took the time to process raw files. Having the same sensor as the GH2 is a plus. I have both cameras. The GH2 image quality is as good as most people need. Nonetheless, the GH3 is much better (as is my E-PL5 Olympus). But I am amazed that the centre of discussion for anyone between the GH2 and the GH3 should be the sensor. The ergonomics of the GH3 are better than the GH2 to such an extent that you will find yourself wanting to use the GH3 just for the pleasure of it. That means more pictures taken with more pleasure in ownership. Pixel peepers ought to just by FF cameras and be done with it. Continue Reading

bluelemmy answered
9 months ago

ETC mode at 50p/60p - GH3 is limited at 25p/30p Continue Reading

gaman answered
9 months ago


GX1 softness ???

Hi, I have a GX1+12-42PZ lens, overall performance of this combination is quite soft focus, I find a lot of customers having blurr issue with this lens and decided to buy another zoom and a primer...But testing another 12-42 PZ, G VARIO 14-42 and even a G 20mm f/1.7 still have filling of softness. Finally, I tried my lenz on another GX1 body and GH3. GX1 produced similar/bit better result as my body, GH3 mechanical and electronic shutter both perform much better. I desperately need an advise: does my camera is a bad copy or I just have too big expectations from this system? Here are some tests and sample photos, can anybody give me his opinion? Same PZ lens on GX1 and GH3 Common blurr issue Some photos look OK But mostly are soft for me More images here Thanks,

Wizli asked
3 months ago


Aren't all those shots above the supposedly shutter-shock-prone shutter speeds being talked about? Continue Reading

agentlossing answered
29 days ago

There is nothing ambiguous about it. You either cannot understand my point -- in which case your rather condescending approach to the argument is unwarranted -- or you are choosing to not understand my point, which is obviously the same point others have tried to get you to acknowledge. My money is on the latter. You are asserting that there is some method that you are choosing to withhold by which a shutter can shake the camera and render buildings perfectly crisp while changing the direction of moving water droplets. Sorry, but that sounds more like something dreamed up on Mescaline than a useful theory explaining one manifestation of shutter shock. So why not take a different tack and explain how such a mechanism works? Instead of condescendingly suggesting that it would require a discussion at an intellectual level above this forum. Continue Reading

Kim Letkeman answered
27 days ago

As to the PZ-X, that particular lens is a well known failure on lightweight bodies that do not feature electronic first curtain shutters.  The GH3 with PZ-X result that you attained is not unusual, the combination of heavier body wit the PZ-X seems to get better results.  The difference between the PZ-X blur on your GX-1 and the blur on the second GX-1 body is one of sample variance - individual bodies seem to have different results. I tried the PZ-X...and returned it.  IMHO it is a terribly designed lens, as much as I wish it wasn't due to its size; a lens that vibrates to the extent that it causes image blur on most of the bodies that it is designed to fit is not a "success" in my book.  You want to love it, really you do, but then you take pictures with it... Have you confirmed the settings on your GX-1?  For example, "Focus Priority" to make the camera confirm focus before allowing the shutter to operate (Menu / Custom / (page 3) / Focus Priority = On)?  This might simply be a ... Continue Reading

dinoSnake answered
3 months ago


GH3 or OM-D, that is the question...

I am a GH1 owner and I have been waiting for GH3 to be announced. I was disappointed with the fact that GH3 is much larger than GH1. Now, I am not sure if I should get the OM-D or the GH3. Any advice? I am an amateur photographer and a videographer. I own the following lenses (1) Voigtlander 25mm (2) Panasonic 20mm (3) Oly 45mm (4) Panasonic 7-14mm (5) Panasonic 14-140mm (6) Voigtlander 40mm (1) I mainly take photos of food, family and landscape. (2) I love GH1's swivel screen. It is very useful. (3) As I use manual lenses, OM-D's image stabilization sounds very attractive (I hear that the new firmware will add IS to legacy lenses). (4) Compactness of camera is important.

yotes asked
1 year ago


While I think the OM-D is the best thing since the EOS-1 (and 20D, 30D, 40D, 5D, 5D2. . . ), I think you'd be more satisfied in the long run sticking with Panasonic.  Those seeped in Panasonic µ4/3 and having bonded with them often find Oly's way's confounding.   As I found Panasonic to be, never could enjoy using the GH2 as fine a camera as it is. Just one thought to consider. Continue Reading

Bob Tullis answered
1 year ago

Seems like you have already summarized things pretty well based on your requirements. The E-M5 has the advantage of being smaller/lighter and having IBIS. One might add that it is less expensive. The GH3 has the advantage of a built-in flash and fully articulated screen. You might want to add that its video specs are better (IBIS aside). Your call when it comes to weighing these pros and cons against each other. Noone else can do that for you. Regardless of how you end up weighing them, my advice would be to wait just a little bit. The GH3 hasn't really been put through the paces of the review machinery yet and so we have less of an idea of what it is actually good for, e.g., when it comes to sensor performance (which might be just the same as the E-M5 but, again, might not). Continue Reading

Anders W answered
1 year ago

Talk about fanboyism: tjuster1 wrote: Fanboisim knows no bounds. Please take this as someone who owns both a Panasonic body (GX1) and Oly body (OM-D), and who has handled the GH-2 and done lots of research before buying the OM-D. And someone who owns more Panasonic lenses than Olympus lenses. I am a fan of m43, not either brand. That's nice. I own a GH2 and an OM-D, and have shot extensively with both. My wife has a G3, and I've previously used a G2. I have some basis for comparison. First, the IBIS is phenomenal; better than any OIS and obviously better than the IS present on the Panny 14mm, Panny 20mm, Panny 7-14mm, and all legacy glass (i.e.: NONE). In my experience it makes all of these lenses much more usable. It's also a lot easier to compose and focus legacy lenses using IBIS because they're not stabilized in live view. Says you. The few controlled tests I've seen show little difference between OIS and IBIS. One showed IBIS perhaps a tiny bit better at short FLs, and another ... Continue Reading

Bob Meyer answered
1 year ago

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