(FT5) Hot: New Panasonic GH3 specifications!

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Photkina is getting closer and the new Panasonic GH3 is probably the “hottest” new Micro Four Thirds product. Quite many sources contacted me saying that this is an incredible nice camera. And very likely the first camera that can be considered as “pro” level camera. It is aimed to compete against all high end DSLR APS-C cameras like the Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. But we know well…we have to see it to believe it 🙂

At least I finally I can share the Panasonic GH3 specs. Many trusted sources confirmed that these are correct. So here they are:

– 16 Megapixel “Wide dynamic range” CMOS Sensor.
– New Venus 7 engine
– electronic shutter
– ISO 100-12.800
– 6fps
– Fastest AF of any interchangeable lens system camera.
– Video Bitrate 50Mbps (72Mbps ALL-I)
– 30p/25p in MP4, MOV and AVCHD
– 3.5 Mic in
– built-in stereo mic
– Audio out
– Pc control
– Time Code
– 1740k OLED LVF, Touch Monitor OLED 610k.
– external battery grip
– Wifi with remote control through iOS and Android Applications
– external XLR accessory
– Focus Peaking
– Interval shooting and slow motion. Slow Movie extension (40%, 50%, 80%) Fast 160/ 200 / 300%
– Magnesium alloy body. Body is bigger than the Panasonic GH2.

I still don’t know the price yet. The only rumor I got says the GH3 with 14-140mm lens will cost 1700 Euro/Dollars (But this hasn’t been confirmed by any of my trusted sources yet!). Based on those specs I would like to hear from you:

If the specs are correct and the price the same of the GH3 ($1200 body only)

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  • Justin

    Waiting on a pro OM-D. Will sell GH2 when it appears. GH-3 doesn’t appear to offer what I am looking for. I want something smaller than a small-bodied dslr. GH-2 size is just barely small enough.

  • seigejet

    I can’t wait until the reveal!

  • Chase

    I hope either it’s a spec that’s missing from the list or something that can be added via a hack, but I need 24p. The $1200 price would be about what I would expect from these specs, so I hope that’s true.

    • I really doubt that 24p will be missing, you don’t even have to worry about that.

    • Dase

      This is the EU specs. The US release will offer 24p

  • LOT

    Assuming that GH3 still uses a multiaspect sensor, I wonder
    if 16 MP is the total pixel count or the effect pixel count.

  • I don’t see how the GH3 can incorporate all these new features that users want without making the body larger. It’s probably a matter of physics, e.g., people wanted a 3.5mm jack instead of 2.5, XLR, better circuits, vertical grip, everything on the rumour list and moreso, etc. You can look at the US$3k BMCC and go bonkers, then realize it’s a 2.3x crop, comes with no glass or SSD, and requires EOS lenses which are designed for a 1.7x crop, e.g., how u gonna getta wide angle other than a fisheye?

    Nobody is forcing GH2 users to forfeit the small DSLR, and if Panny discontinues the GH2 it’ll be dirtcheep until stock is depleted, and it can be hacked with Driftwood to 176mbps, which won this year’s Zacuto shootout. GH2 & GH3 will get you the best of both, Panny had to compromise size and weight to compete with the bigboyz. That’s an excellent business move, especially with a good crop of pro lenses which wasn’t there when GH2 was released, and a stellar technical move, now that Canon is faltering with its overpriced and not-so-popular C300, and even the much-anticipated 5DM3 seems to have fallen off the radar. Seems like GH3 is newskool. Don’t we all love newskool?

    • Zach

      The GH2 did not WIN the Zacuto shootout. There was no winner. If you think that it did you missed the point of the shootout!

    • Mike

      While I agree with your overall point about the size of the GH3 (if true). Just two corrections. As already stated by Zach, the GH2 did NOT win the Zacuto shootout. No camera won. It was just a comparison test to show that it really comes down to the talent behind the camera these days. That all these cameras can be used to tell compelling stories.

      Second, the Canon C300 is a very popular camera that is backed up at rental houses because so many people want to rent them. That said, the C300 and the GH cameras are in entirely different classes. Even the 5Dmk3 and GH cameras are in different classes, but at least a little more comparable than a C300.

      I’ll be happy if the GH3 sticks to a similar price point as the GH2 while gaining a larger (D7000 sized) body. As a GH1 user, it’s about time for an upgrade come early next year and I would prefer a larger body. I didn’t buy the GH1 because of its size, I bought it because of the video features. So I’m not at all one of those shooters who would complain about it going bigger.

      • I hardly think that a larger m4/3 body will be anything close to a D7000, it’s impossible. The distance between the sensor and the lens alone already make the GH3 a lot smaller, it’s just a little bigger than the GH2, it’s not anything SO significant, it won’t even be close to the T4i. It’s just a bit more bulky body, instead of 125mm [W] it will be 130mm tops. Instead of 444g, it will weight a bit more, like 470~500g tops, the T4i weights almost 600g. So, I don’t think it will be 25~50% larger, it would be very odd.

  • Chaitanya

    resolution of monitor is very low.

    • It’s not that low. Sony NEX’s monitor have higher dots count BUT a big part of it is used for UI purposes.

      The 3.0″ 921K 16:9 on a NEX camera is actually a 2.6″ 760K 3:2, the rest is used for UI purposes, so in the end it’s a 15% bigger monitor with 20+% less dots. Of course it would be nice to have more resolution, but it’s not as low as it may look.

      • ell

        it’s definitely low and it could be bigger to help with focusing. If you ever shot with those legacy lenses or any other non m43 lenses you will have to really squint and zoom in to focus. The hardest is with wide angle lenses. ON the NEX 5 I do not have so much problems with focus.

  • John Caballero

    Specs sound great. The GH line is getting more pro and that is fantastic news. For the non-pros Panasonic has a great line of cameras for you. The success of the GH1/2 among independent filmmakers called for a bigger and better GH3. And we are going to get it! Panasonic IS listening!

    • Hi John!

      I pray that Panasonic makes the new “GH3” available for sale by authorized US dealers ______soon_______ after its announcement, unlike the several months of delay that happened with the GH1 & GH2! Here’s hoping!

      • John Caballero

        Hello Peter!

        I hope we don’t go through a miserable waiting period once again! I hope Panasonic has its act together this time!

  • 1080p 60fps? it’s perfect otherwise!

    • McSmooth

      They do mention “Slow Movie extension (40%, 50%, 80%)”, which to me sounds like added frame rates to the existing options available for GH2 in 1080p24; which would be 60p, 48p, 30p respectively.

      The specs listed above only mention 30p, but I’d bet they offer at least the standard AVCHD modes (1080p60 is in AVCHD 2). It’s confusing switching video modes on the GH2, it would be nice to see a single menu spell it out more like this:
      File Format: AVCHD / MP4/ MOV
      Resolution/Framerate: 1080p60 / 1080i60 / 1080p24/ 720p60
      Bitrate: 50mb/s, 24mb/s, 17mb/s, 13mp/s
      Variable Rate: 40%, 50%, 80%, 100%, 200%, 300%

      No word yet on 120fps+ slow mo at reduced resolutions. They offer 480fps on one of their toy camcorders, so would be bummed if 60fps is the highest capture rate here.

      Interval shooting sounds fun. Even better if it has custom settings instead of a short list of presets.

      • i’m probably just being paranoid after all the canon crap. 60fps is there somewhere for sure – i just hope it’s at 1080 and not 720. 120fps at reduced res would be fun but 60fps full HD is all i ask for.

  • DJS

    EVF res looks good but just behind nex,
    screens are both OLED (sharp bright) – good

    will lower res OLED display be better than g5 LCD??

    • mahler

      EVF resolution is not everything. Whenever I tried the NEX 7 finder, it showed a lot of moire and flicker in areas of fine detail. The E-M5 finder is much more eye friendly has better color, more dynamic range and no flicker or moire. If the GH3 finder matches the E-M5 finder in viewing experience, that would be fine.

      The NEX 7 EVF is totally overrated.

      • TUTUY

        Every damn thing about the E-M5 is overrated lol all those pro review sites singing the praises of the Nex 7 EVF were obviously talking BS and you are right save the fanboy BS there is already way too much here

      • Esa Tuunanen

        EVF, be it LCD or OLED, shows only what it’s told to show. (though field sequential display shows colour tearing/flicker)
        So obviously Sony has problems with live view image processing.

        Also because of no backlight it’s OLED which has better dynamic range (contrast) than LCD. Question is again about image processing which has to take display device’s characteristics into account to show proper picture. (just like colour management in computers)

  • James

    Where is 60/50p & 24p?

  • TUTUY

    F2.8 is F2.8 is F2.8, for BRIGHTNESS (which is light/area, the ONLY thing that matters for exposure).

    Nope it isn’t otherwise the effect of F2.8 would be the same in all formats from P&S to MF and it clearly is not.

    FAST lens has to do with being able to achieve FAST shutter speeds, and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with shallow DOF.

    The fast refers to the aperture only it has nothing to do with shutter speed and with regards to total light and DOF control F2.8 is not fast on mFT. It is funny how your type of poster seems to have no problem accepting the limitations of aperture as it effects smaller systems ie Nikon 1 system,yet cannot manage to do this when mFT is the little sensor.

    Nope an F2.8 on FF will put far more light on the sensor than an F2.8 lens on mFT which in turn will put more than an F2.8 on a smaller format it really is easy

    Beyond that, I have been taking pictures for the last 35 years, I do totally understand, probably much better then you, why IS is useful, and why it isn’t, depending on the situation.

    Rather obviously you do not understand. IS is useful if you are shooting at a very slow shutter speed with no possibility of any external support and vitally your subject is totally static.
    As long as you are shooting “scenery” that is static {I hope there is no wind, or birds etc moving in the frame} in low light with no chance of camera support

    There isn’t always a support available, it takes too much time to setup a tripod, it is not allowed to setup a tripod, it is not allowed to lean on that cabinet at a museum etc etc etc etc. Your approach is ignoring many very common situations.

    The only scenario where it is useful is low light static subjects where there is no possibility of camera support. It is that simple I have repeated it now a couple of times to let it sink in your example exactly fits the type of shot where IS helps.

    That you can come up with situations where it isn’t useful does absolutely nothing to take away from the situations in which it is useful.

    The situations where it isn’t useful encompasses vastly more shooting scenarios than the low light static subject that benefits from IS. Every system including FF has a very wide selection of IS lenses for those who desire it.In FF you have a 16mm to 800mm range , in mFT you have from 12mm to 300mm {24-600mm equiv}so hardly an issue .

    • Taking pictures for 35 years and you’re leaving enraged comments on a rumour website… obviously you have had a very successful photographic career.

    • Scot

      Why do we always argue semantics and try to confuse. F2.8 is just that. Also the mm of the lens is always what it is. The sensor size is the wildcard. a Xmm lens at X f-stop throws the exact same amount of light on each square mm of any sensor some sensors just have more real estate to cover and that is where the confusion comes in. So yes by adding the surface area up more light has hit the total area on a larger sensor but who cares! Oh and by the way use the reply to when replying to another poster to maintain continuity.

    • bart

      Focal ratio, or relative aperture, is defined as focal length/entrance pupil diameter and this is totally unrelated to sensor siz, sensor size doesn’t appear anywhere in the simple formula that determines f numbers, that is really optics 101. As long as you do not realize this, your entire view on this subject is based on wrong assumptions.

      But it does something different? No, not at all, at identical focal length, distance, aperture and focus distance, the resulting circle of confusion will be identical, as will image brightness.

      Total amount of light is totally irrelevant for exposure, brightness (fotons/area/time) is the only relevant metric. Required gain depends on pixel (photo site) size and NOT on sensor size, but gain does not determine iso levels, if it did then iso 200 on a d700 and d800 would mean something totally different since pixel size on the d800 is 1/3 of those o the 700,and it needs 3x the amount of gain.

    • Bart

      Oh, and one more thing, the use for IS.

      It often happens, especially for those of us doing things like news, event or concert photography, that you end up needing a somewhat longer focal length, say at around 100-150mm (so 200-300mm equiv). Proper timing makes it quite possible often to use shutter speeds of around 1/100-1/125 for stopping motion, but at those shutter speeds it is difficult to reliably handhold such a focal length. Additionally, using a tripod or monopod is a big hassle in such situations, and IS is a godsend, and makes a very big difference in keeper rate. So, thats not absolutely static subjects at all.

      Lets assume you are on your way to some appointment, and see this very nice fountain on the way. You’d like to take a picture of it with a nice wide-angle, and would like to use a shutter speed of around 1/3 to nicely smooth out the water. Due to your appointment (or whatever) you don’t have time for setting up a tripod (if you have one with you to begin with), and there is nothing at the proper working distance to provide support. IS can allow you to do this, alternative is not having the picture.

      Again, using IS to take a picture of a subject that moves.

      There are many more examples of such things.

      That this doesn’t occur often in your photography is perfectly fine, and means you have less of a need for it, also perfectly fine. That however says absolutely zero about the general case, rather, it says everything about how broad your photographic experiences are. Not that there is anything wrong with more limited, or more specific experience, as long as YOU realize that it is in fact rather limited.

      Having the choice to use IS or not use IS depending on the situation, and totally regardless of whomever made the lens I’m using, is simply more flexible and better then having to use a specific lens, regardless of how much you keep trying to evade this.

      • TUTUY

        Bart, if you were seriously doing things like news events or concerts for money you would not be using mFT , the fastest native mFT lens {at the moment} 100-150mm is F5.6. Lenses like the Nikon 70-200F2.8VR combined with the D3s or new D4 with the at least two stops better high ISO combined with the faster lens you could shoot at least 4 stops faster. That is why pro shooters in low light sports or event photography use Nikon or Canon.

        “and would like to use a shutter speed of around 1/3 to nicely smooth out the water.”

        You are not looking for a sharp shot as you just said you wanted to smooth out the water , thus it drops back into the low shutter speed , static shots which are the only scenario that IS helps with
        However you want to juggle the bottom line is that IS only helps static shots, where the shutter speed is too low to handhold, and this is combined with not being able to use any kind of camera support. That is it no other scenario is aided by IS , if the subject is moving game over, if the light is bright enough up the shutter speed, if you can use any kind of support { tripod, monopod, bean bag , environmental ,gorilla pod ,mini tripod etc} .

        If your wide experience entails mostly shooting static subjects, at low shutter speeds without any support then you are indeed a major winner from having IS . Though contrary to your claim it doesn’t look like a very “wide” range perhaps you should consider shooting in better light, or with faster lenses or with camera support
        Beyond the one scenario {and that’s all there is } of low shutter speed, static shots without support there is no significant gain from IS for any other area of photography .

        • Jims

          @tutuy I am not the biggest supporter of IS either built in or in-lens , however even I would concede that it has more utility than you are suggesting. Not so much at the shorter focal lengths but even in reasonable light. I find that shooting with the longer focal lengths say 300mm [600mm FF equiv} it can be beneficial especially if you want to stop the lens down to get better performance and incur the slower shutter speeds that follow.
          Jim S

        • Bart

          If I use m4/3 or something else doesn’t matter at all for the argument. But for your information, I do use a D700 with the Nikor 70-200/2.8 VR2 at times for such things, when appropriate. If needed I rent a D3, or would now rent a D4.

          It doesn’t change at all what I said, rather, if you’d actually do such things yourself you’d know that at F2.8 with such a system, you are extremely DOF challanged for such applications, and that fast F2.8 isn’t going to help much of the time since you end up at around F4-5.6. A D4 is at best 2 stops better, in reality a bit less (with regards to high-iso performance). Not to mention, it doesn’t change at all what I am describing, a situation where for reason of perspective/composition you MUST use a long lens that requires a high shutter speed for reliable hand-holding, and also a faster shutter speed then required for motion stopping. If you are light challanged, you may end up too slow for reliable hand-holding, but still fast enough for motion stopping. You can encounter this situation with any camera system, and your comments regarding ‘pros’ and what they’d use is just totally irrelevant.

          With regards to the fontain, you forget that there is more then that moving water that needed smoothing out, the ‘non water’ part of the picture should be sharp and not showing any kind of motion blur. If you ever tried making such a picture, you’d have realized this as totally obvious.

          Not to mention, I may do those things for money (part-time), but that is also a totally irrelevant argument, as many people do such things for fun. Are you arguing that all that counts is if you make money with it, and that those doing it for fun should just not bother getting as good as possible results with the equipment they have?

          • tutuy

            BART If I use m4/3 or something else doesn’t matter at all for the argument. But for your information, I do use a D700 with the Nikor 70-200/2.8 VR2 at times for such things, when appropriate. If needed I rent a D3, or would now rent a D4.
            Sure you do

            It doesn’t change at all what I said, rather, if you’d actually do such things yourself you’d know that at F2.8 with such a system, you are extremely DOF challanged for such applications, and that fast F2.8 isn’t going to help much of the time since you end up at around F4-5.6. A D4 is at best 2 stops better, in reality a bit less (with regards to high-iso performance).
            The F2.8 at typical concert shooting distances is going to give you 2-3 feet of DOF and if you look at RAW files with zero NR the E-M5 is at least two stops poorer than the D4 or D3s which unlike you I own.

            Not to mention, it doesn’t change at all what I am describing, a situation where for reason of perspective/composition you MUST use a long lens that requires a high shutter speed for reliable hand-holding, and also a faster shutter speed then required for motion stopping. If you are light challanged, you may end up too slow for reliable hand-holding, but still fast enough for motion stopping. You can encounter this situation with any camera system, and your comments regarding ‘pros’ and what they’d use is just totally irrelevant.

            I see now you are clitching at straws lol, you are trying to conjure a goldilocks zone that IS helps in as opposed to the far more numerous real life shooting scenarios where it does nothing. The availability of much faster lenses and far better high ISO resuces the need for IS in FF systems even more.

            With regards to the fontain, you forget that there is more then that moving water that needed smoothing out, the ‘non water’ part of the picture should be sharp and not showing any kind of motion blur. If you ever tried making such a picture, you’d have realized this as totally obvious.
            So now you want to smooth out the background and the foreground lol Pro shooter my ass

            Not to mention, I may do those things for money (part-time), but that is also a totally irrelevant argument, as many people do such things for fun. Are you arguing that all that counts is if you make money with it, and that those doing it for fun should just not bother getting as good as possible results with the equipment they have?

            You may do things for money photography just isnt one of them

            • bart

              It would really help if you’d at least make clear what in your post is quoted, and what is not, because right now you are just creating an unreadable mess.

              Beyond that, you demonstrate total lack of ability to understannd what you are reading.

              Point was ending up needing a shutter speed fast enough to stop the motion in a scene, but not fast enough to deal with camera shake. The actual equipment you useis totallyirrelevant for that, there is absolutely nothing the d4 can do to magically prevent this, the only thing it can do is change the light levels at which this becomes a problem.

              You however failed to understand this and have to bring in the totally unrelated and stupid ‘pro argument’.

    • Ark-kun

      >Nope an F2.8 on FF will put far more light on the sensor than an F2.8 lens on mFT

      F2.8 will put the same amount of light per mm^2 of sensor. The light “density” is the same.

      Does cropping the full-frame F2.8 photo makes it less exposed? No. Neither does using an F2.8 lens on a m43 sensor.

  • hmm… I wanted 1080p120 but 720p120 would be OK as well.

    About the Electronic Shutter, if the sensor has faster readouts and it has a very good processor it means it can have less rolling shutter even without global shutter, right? Is that what this Electronic Shutter feat means? Or is it the same old 40fps 4MP burst?

  • mac

    30p/25p why?
    60P/60i????

  • DirectorK

    What about the ETC? Will it have crop mode like GH2? The classic 2.6x or something similar…This feature is very nice, if it does not have this maybe a firmware update will include it…

    • jims

      I hope it has the crop feature I find it works very well for video

  • Eureka

    If the GH3 comes in with these specs, and especially with significantly improved dynamic range, I will be tempted. As it stands, I’m budgeting for a flagship m4/3 camera late this year/early next, and choosing between the GH3 and the EM5 is going to be a challenge. For me, it’s mostly going to come down to dynamic range, ergonomics, and the value of a true multi aspect ratio sensor vs. in body image stabilization.

  • I appreciate the presence of audio out on body (hope not in proprietary format) in addtion to mic. This feature is useful not for the planned films where one can use external audio recording, but rather for spontaneous ones, documentary, reports etc.; in the situations when the operator is limited in time/space/assistants for external recording, or does not want much attention.

    For this kind of situations (plus dynamic scenes – animals, sport etc.), fast reliable AF in the video mode would be also extremely desirable: will open new dimensions for creativity. i do not agree that “pro” filmmakers should always use MF: it was so just because CD-AF on camcorders was far from perfect, let see if GH3 will change it.

    • Bart

      In theory, camcorders that use a ‘real’ rotating shutter allow for both a reflex finder and phase detect AF. I suspect ‘real’ shutters on camcorders are hard to find tho, and they come with their own set of issues.

  • baldhobbit

    Every time I see the news about the GH3 I jizz in my pants.

  • baldhobbit

    It better have 60p or no more pants jizzing.

  • baldhobbit

    I switched from the 5d Mark II to the panasonic because I was so pissed off that the 5d mark III didn’t shoot as many frames as my low end piece of shiz camcorder. Yeah my low end piece of shiz camcorder was crap but I wasn’t going to spend 3000 on a micro step. So I bought a gh2 so i could atleast get a very clean 720p 60 fps video cam. If they don’t have the extra frames then scew em I won’t buy it. I’ll buy a marked down gh2. If it has the 60 and even the 120 720p mode then i’m in and why doesn’t it come with sound for the slowmo settings. It better or panasonic can suck my third leg.

    • R2Film

      Took so long to fill this out forgot my comment reply? Oh yeah, uh no camera records audio in slow mo. Not even big buck pro cameras.

  • Faster shutterspeed than 4000? Useful iso? 60 or 120fps ?
    Size? Fps with working af?Thats what’s important for me when I will be chosing my next mft camera.

  • MikeH

    Aren’t 60i/50p/60p specs missing from the video specs listed? What about electronic level (aka the GX1)?

    Other than those two mysteries, the camera sounds great. I hope the IQ exceeds expectations and the cost is less than I think it might be.

    Readying credit card now. 🙂

  • physica

    Is there’s the same level of weather seal as OM-D (at least…) ?

    • Mark

      I hope better. The Oly site makes it sound minimal. I’m sure there are liability reasons for that but it sure doesn’t inspire confidence.

  • Paul

    Wonder what the flash sync speed will be? Hopefully higher than, 1/160 sec.

    • Mark

      This along with a larger buffer and weather sealing are my biggest needs.

  • bookervrk

    30P 25P, but no mention to the resolution,
    it seems the possibility of higher spec than FULL-HD.
    BTW, JVC alreadys showed the capability to record and split single 4K streams into 4x AVCHD FULL-HD STREAMs.

    • It’s extremely unlikely the new “GH3” will record video at a resolution higher than 1080p.

      Higher resolutions are only useful if much, much higher data rates are recorded (>200 megabits/sec.) Otherwise, there’ll be too many compression artifacts.

  • Drazick

    Price is just too high!!!

  • MAFAv8r

    E5weather sealing is only splash, and then if it is salt water you need to rinse it afterwards. I know from experience. Mine ended up corroded. It cost me only $100 to repair and get cleaned and they were very quick, so I was happy as it was nice and clean for my next overseas trip. I would presume the OM-D is the same.

  • New Deal

    It sounds like the perfect camera… for three years ago.

  • snowflake

    I hope they solve the battery issue in a grip that also contains an active aux sim card.

    Panasonic batteries are not cheap $40 to 90 bucks. I carry 4 to 6 for a day’s shoot. That adds up.

  • Vince Woo

    Poor spec.and expensive, no need to upgrade from GH2….., GH3 is a very good camera (5 yrs ago)

    • jims

      Better sensor, better processing engine, better LCD , better EVF, better standard video bitrate, better build quality . What do you think is missing? There were no mFT cameras five years ago it’s better than the GH2 in every single area and the GH2 is just coming up on its second birthday

  • David

    I’ve been waiting for this camera for two years! I can’t wait. After spending a fortune on all things M43, and mostly Panasonic, it was always going to be my upgrade path.

    bring it on!

  • awaler

    – electronic shutter
    – Wifi with remote control through iOS and Android Applications
    – Focus Peaking
    – Interval shooting and slow motion. Slow Movie extension (40%, 50%, 80%) Fast 160/ 200 / 300%

    Very fine!
    Olympus, take note!

  • Alfons

    I hope the electronic shutter brings fast sync speeds. The main turn-offs of E-M5 for me are the lack of ISO 100, slow flash sync and oversized LCD (crammed controls).

    GH3 might well be what Santa brings to me this Christmas 🙂

    • dotborg

      The E-M5 has 1/250s sync speed. That’s not slow. GH3 is 1/160s.

  • Marcus Wolschon

    I was hoping for 2K 16:9 in the EVF if not the monitor to actually see if in FullHD the focus is off.
    Peaking is of cause a great step already.
    No word about the damn 30 minute limit. 🙁

  • vincent

    admin, some people say that the GH3 will use a sony sensor, and it’s not a Multi-Aspect sensor, do you have any information about that?

    • admin

      Yes I am working on it. I heard it too!

    • agachart

      i think wide dynamic range is not sony sensor

  • Newbie Here

    As a filmmaker, I’m all good for the following specs:

    – 16 Megapixel “Wide dynamic range” CMOS Sensor.
    – Video Bitrate 50Mbps (72Mbps ALL-I)
    – 30p/25p in MP4, MOV and AVCHD (FOR SURE THERE IS A 60P)
    – Audio out
    – Time Code
    – external battery grip
    – external XLR accessory
    – Focus Peaking
    – Magnesium alloy body.

    By the way, can anyone please explain what does “ALL-I” mean? I haven’t bothered knowing till now.

    Hoping the external XLR accessory would cost less than [Sony’s] $800.

    I wouldn’t want to keep my hopes up for IBIS, although that would be really great for filming with legacy lenses. 🙂

    I’m a Canon DSLR user and I’m actually fine with bulky rigs.

    I’m really happy Panasonic is listening. Very exciting times indeed!

    • Doffer

      Im still a bit skeptical as to the validity of the specs but as for I-frames that refers to Video compression picture types. There are I, P and B.

      This passage in wikipedia sums it up pretty well.

      “An I‑frame is an ‘Intra-coded picture’, in effect a fully specified picture, like a conventional static image file. P‑frames and B‑frames hold only part of the image information, so they need less space to store than an I‑frame, and thus improve video compression rates.”

      I guess people dont like P and B frames because they not only compress but also decrease quality in the process.
      Perhaps P and B frames, if done well, does not mean a loss of quality, or perhaps they always decrease it, so I am not sure how good it is having just I-frames 🙂

  • Matt

    Awesome specs. I can’t wait to see how good the video is in terms of sharpness and dynamic range.

    • Newbie Here

      So… what’s the difference when you say that the “Video Bitrate is at 50Mbps” and it’s “72Mbps ALL-I”?

      Thanks for replying. 🙂

      • Newbie Here

        Woops. I meant to send this^ to Doffer.

        • Doffer

          Perhaps someone else knows this better than me and i’m not 100% sure I know what you mean but if you say the bitrate is 50Mbps then you aren’t really giving much information about the quality. For example I heard that the new H265 is going to be twice as effective as H264 so if you had two video streams at 50Mbps then the one using H265 would be much better even at the same bitrate.

          In the example you used the 50Mbps might refer to a stream using all three types of frames while the 72Mbps stream only uses I-frames. So you really need to look beyond pure bitrate to get a picture of the true quality.

          I hope this is what you wanted to know 😉

          • Newbie Here

            AHHH! I get it! Thanks for clarifying that. 🙂

  • mark

    you know they can keep all specs just give …. xternal BNC connected 10 bit 422 1080 60p capable output and the add on xlrs …….use internal record for simul proxy

  • DIY Cinema Camera

    You know, cineform is making their wavelet video compression format an official standard. Better than Red I have been told, and perfect competition for video and stills. You can select good stills out of a high data rate version. I think the camera companies should get with it, do they want Red calling the shots? Cineform has had a concentrating on low processing overheads for many years. I suspect this is why go pro bought them, to add cinefom to a future product, then stand back

  • It is exciting news to know that a slightly improved model is around the corner [GH3] first of all let me say that I do shoot with a GH2 not hacked yet. This camera have been proven that it is a better camera than a 7D or even 5DMK II, if you do not believe me please check out Zacuto Camera shoot out 2012 and see for your self. Many people are asking for professional features on these cameras when they know it is not possible to have professional features when they are paying consumer prices. Panasonic,Canon, Sony but to name a few have broadcast or pro divisions. for example if you are looking for professional kit start with AF101, F3,C300 and above. What surprises me is that hobbists are the ones demanding a lot of features when they can not even use 45% of the features already in their equipment. I can’t wait to get my hands on GH3 and thanks for the info keep up the good job guys.

    • DIY Cinema Camera

      Joseph, most professional features and quality are not possible, relevant mainly to marketing for fools. If you don’t like them treating people this, get mad and tell them to stop it or stop buying, only way to teach them. What the old hacked gh2 is doing is only part of what it could do, but is stopped. The much newer gh3, especially if bigger and more expensive, should be able to do much more than the hacked gh2. Low quality 4k cinema recording for consumer, think similar to what the gh2 does for fullhd, is around 64 mbit/s, there is no credible reason not to have 4k video at this price, even the $100 dollar fhd camera chipset maker passed the ability to do post fhd resolution year before last. Around 2007, Casio had a sub $1000 stills camera that could record over 6mp frames at 60 frames a second off a Sony sensor, and JVC has a chipset that can do it on stills cameras, that they use on their 4k video camera. I fear it looks maybe possibly similar to all vehement control throughout industries, of the market, to get more for less, as has been normal across industries for years, to make people live poorer that they live in a even bigger mansion. Each company only needs two or three camera models to service the market with choice, but how come so many that true smaller competitors find it so hard to get shelf space. This talk just enslaves the consumer to third rate existence, and denies true level playing field competition. At these greatly exaggerated prices, there is little legal reason not to have 80% of the features of a professional camera.

      As for use, there are many consumer features that are if not much use, but a smaller set of processional features to greatly increase quality, that can be made simple to setup. Some of these ‘professional’ features were explored and set up on cameras by the $100 camera makers, with some promoting. Simply put, one touch auto features to calibrate and setup to high quality, and release to hold, was one example. Setting frame rate and preferred shutter and exposure etc is another. You can aim at what you wasn’t to focus, press a button, let it focus in and if you want to, ride focus afterwards, or tap the screen to refocus where you want etc, get it to track focus on the area, do the same for color and exposure etc. For the vast majority of professional use that have to do things quickly and even on the run, these things easily raise quality, but are easy for the hobbyist consumer. You can set up a shot in seconds. Ten years ago not many people really knew how to design camera controls as easy as this, I know one of the people behind this move. Cameras can track people, there is no reason the gh2 can’t do this all, for crisp 4k images suitable for direct to blu-ray. If they hope to sell 4k tv’s cheap, they need something to use them for.

      Unfortunately, I find the greatest thing driving these claims (apart from marketing attempts) is poor eyesight, both physically and mentally. Put simply, like my vision, many people have poor vision or failing vision, and some are just unobservant mentally. But even if they can’t pick the difference, people still subconsciously pickup and enjoy a higher quality image. My vision, with glasses on, is down to 4k, down from around 60k of the best human vision. It should be 16k+, for professional use. There seems to be a lot of people making unrealistic claims against better quality in self denial. For consumer, 4k is a minimum, like 720p used to be for HD. Sure some people are going to see pixels and want 8k, but it won’t matter so much, as it will look less, and much less of a difference past this.

      4k will not really top out for the consumer sector until you get to 50 progressive frames a second (without 3d), 10 bit (maybe 12 bits, for tv contrast/brightness/color control adjustments) and 4:4:4 (color integration starts happening around 4k at a good field of view, so at 8k it will not really be needed). It is the new 720p and hopefully last. So, 25fps 4k 64mb/s, even at 144mb/s, 8 bit 4:2:0 is hardly professional.

      To clarify, nobody mentioned here might be doing the wrong thing here, in that it might be an inadvertent result etc, but the wrong thing for the consumer still hapoens. The Chinese will shortly wake up to the fact they can put every top non Chinese camera manufacturer out of business, it is up to existing players to stop them by releasing better quality value for money devices for consumers. Cineform raw has it all over h264 in low processing overhead quality.

  • amband

    it ain’t happening

  • Kyle

    Don’t understand why the video frame rate would go down from 60p (GH2) to 30p (GH3) when it has a new Venus 7 engine?

  • Joe

    No 1080p60 ? Why ?

    • They are referencing the 1080P framerates.

      The GH2 supports 1080 60i or 720 60P but only supports 1080 30P, not 1080 60P. 1080 60i and 720 60P both have much lower resolution than 1080 60P.

  • leov74

    What about wireless flash support?

  • Jan

    Is it sure that will have only SD cards?
    I bought an expresscard Sonnet UHS-I that reads and writes 104 MB/s and I am wondering maybe I do wrong before see the official announcement of Panasonic for the GH3?…

  • mark

    And judging from, Panasonic’s US delivery record on the GH2, the GH3 should be in store’s sometime in the next three or four years

  • So Panasonic gives us a GH3 that promises to make it worth the wait.

    But the big question now is WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?

    If past record of Panasonic is any indication, we may end up buying stock from grey-market Japan sellers again.

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