Next Panasonic interview (with kit price in Euro and shipping end of November without delay?)


Panasonic Lumix GH3 Prototype first Shots from E.Pampuri TRACTOfilm/Machineurs on Vimeo.

Pampuri (Translation here) had the chance to test the GH3 (see the video on top)


Dieter Knüttel interviewed Markus Matthes, Senior Product Manager of Panasonic Germany. You can read the full interview at Personal View. Here are just some interesting answers:
– He didn’t comment the question if the sensor is actually made by Sony.
– the OLED viewfinder and LCD have an amazing Contras of: 10,000 : 1. That’s double the contrast of the NEX-6 (specs here).
– HDMI output at 4:2.0, 8 bit.
– He said “many user didn’t notice the Multi aspect feature of the Gh3” What answer is that? :)
– Price with kit lens. 14-140mm for 1799 Euro. And 12-35 for 2199 Euro. Grip for 300 Euro
– End of November ” they will have sufficient numbers”

Hope it is true that there will be no more that 3-6 months Panasonic delay in EU and US countries!

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Adorama (Click here).

  • chris

    Why on earth would Panasonic let some moron post a cat video with all the hype surrounding the GH3? This person should be permanently removed from the camera tester list and videos this bad should be banned in the NDA. Its almost as bad as the Sony video with the Aston Martin. I’m still interested despite this video – not something you want people saying IMHO. Ugh.

    • 3rrt

      I am not so sure on the various forums a pet photograph is often the first test shot posted even with the high end gear lol

    • Sqweezy

      It is a test video to show off the resolving power and video image quality of the camera, not something designed to win awards for its content. To call someone a “moron” over this, is quite harsh.

  • ha

    >>Why was the multi-aspect ratio option removed for the GH3?
    >No direct answer, but he said many users did not notice the multi aspect sensor at all.

    Marketing said: No point on feature comparison lists, so can be omitted :-(

    • JF

      Ok this has more meaning that the sentense of admin “many user didn’t notice the Multi aspect feature of the Gh3” beacause the specification clearly show it is not muli-aspect or there is an error in specification…

  • pete

    the price is not much higher than the first gh2-kit prices. :)

  • “He said “many user didn’t notice the Multi aspect feature of the Gh3” What answer is that?”

    This statement shows that the clever folks at Panasonic are confident that consumers don’t know the difference between “multi aspect feature” and “multi aspect sensor.”

  • Shit! the 42.5/F1.2 will be weather sealed!

    In order to make the price as high as it’s possible?!

    • 3rrt

      Almost all high end lenses from the major makers is weather sealed you may not believe it but some of us shoot in inclement weather :-}. It seems common sense to want our high grade equipment to be better protected

    • Sqweezy

      And here I thought weather sealing was a “good” thing to have…

      Doesn’t it make sense to have more weather-sealed lenses available for a weather-sealed camera? What is the point of having a dustproof/splashproof body, only to have dust or water seep in through the lens? It’s my opinion that most GH3 users would be in favor of more tough, all-weather lenses.

      • This is a dedicated portrait lens though, and I hardly think shooting portraits would be a smart move in rain and/or sandstorm anyway.

        The Oly 75/1.8 is also an ultra high grade lens and isn’t weather sealed as well.

        • Mr. Reeee

          “Dedicated portrait lens”?
          Almost any lens can be used for pretty much anything you want.
          Sorry, but that statement just implies a lack of imagination. :-/

          • Well, Mr. Reeee, what do you prefer?

            1. an optically high 43/1.2 lens with extremely – all metal – high build quality, weather sealed etc. for 1500 EUR,
            2. an optically high 43/1.2 lens with cheap but decent plastic build (like 45/1.8) for 6–800 EUR?

            • Mr. Reeee

              I’ll take #2 with weather sealing. But I would much prefer #1!

              And it really depends on how good the image quality is and how good the feel of manual focus is.

              42.5mm isn’t too appealing to me, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my bag. ;-)

              • As I understand, your camera body and all your current lenses are already weather sealed so you cannot make such a trade-off to have one good lens w/o sealing. :D

                BTW my highest build quality lens is the 45–200 which is decent, but quite far from stellar. And the cheapest built one is the 45/1.8, which is incidentally far the best (speaking about optics).

        • Bart

          Both a 42.5/1.2 and the 75/1.8 would primarily function as ‘stage lenses’ for me, and because of doing outdoors events quite a bit, weather-sealing would be rather valuable to me.

  • – Does the GH3 sensor supports the multi-aspect ratio capability, as one of the GH2?
    – No multi Aspect. Confirmed, it is 4:3

    No comment.

  • stunned

    And the price of the body only (in EU)?!?!

  • 3rrt

    Well that was an almost totally useless interview, it was like trying to get a politician to tell the truth , all I can say is no comment

    The lack of information from this Panasonic guy was impressive , are we sure he wasn’t just a random passer by lol

  • Anonymous

    In my opinion this camera is close to being a non starter. Benifits of upgrade over GH-2 are negated by increase in size bringing it into APS-C territory, only advantage then is lens size. Just seems like Panosonic development team have lost their way.

  • The GH3 camera (the firmware) is still in beta-version, and many things would be revised. The same goes to the software for the tethering and flash control. Many questions were not responded since Markus, and other managers simply didn’t know the answer. We have been promised to get answer directly from the design team in Japan.
    The comments and requests are taken into account to improve the GH3 for the upcoming release.

  • Sqweezy

    Glad to finally have a price for the GH3 + 12-35mm f2.8 X kit!

    I am guessing the euro price will be equivalent to U.S. dollars as well. Although $2,199 is less than what I was initially expecting, it is still a tough sell for me. This will easily be the most expensive m43 kit ever. I was really hoping Panasonic would price it at that $1,999 barrier!

    Also, availability is claimed for November, but I think reasonable quantities for the masses will begin in 2013 at the earliest. Maybe if we wait until mid-year 2013, or so, we’ll see both discounts AND firmware upgrades that will give us the features we were looking for at a sub-$2k price! Fingers crossed!!!

  • CuriousBenjamin

    Ok, we get it. GH3 is great for videos. Can we now see how it performs in still photography please? GH3 may be a great choice for videographer or hybrid photographer. But for still photography, look elsewhere. Why pay such a premium when you may not use half the video features?

    • efefe

      I guess that’s why the offer different cameras to cater for different needs. And not forgetting the GH2 was the best photographic quality in mFT till the E-M5 arrived and it is debatable how much “better” the E-M5 is. Looking at RAW vs RAW I would only give the E-M5 about a one stop advantage , hardly amazing considering the two year gap.
      As to premium $200 more than the E-M5 is not a big deal , you have a better EVF, better LCD, along with better video.

      • agachart

        sorry my last reply is wrong.
        OM-D is the best of M43 in still camera but video GH2 is still better.

    • Pavlo


      you have few of them. Perpixel quality is excelent, IMO.

      • agachart

        OM-D better than GH2 on video???

        • Pavlo

          have no idea :)
          seems like you asked wrong guy

          • agachart

            yes, sorry

        • Bart

          Depends on your needs.

          For any (semi) serious production work, the GH2 is better especially when using the ‘hacked’ firmware. It supports all the important standard frame-rates, which is the first obvious reason for it being better.

          For casual videos however, the E-M5 offers simplicity and superb, almost steadycam like stabilization. For any serious work the E-M5 is unsuitable unless it so happens that you only need NTSC framerates (and even then its not anywhere near the level of control that you get on a GH2 with ‘hacked’ firmware).

          Quality? no idea.

  • Mathias

    > HDMI output at 4:2.0, 8 bit

    Sorry, but that’s incorrect. HDMI cannot technically output 4:2:0. It can only output 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 (or RGB).

    • TimCCR

      I am really confused by the video specs. I want to shoot underwater, mainly wrecks, so that means a lot of low light and low contrast and some pretty heavy colour correction. I am not sure that 8 bit 4-2-0 would cope with it. What does anyone else think?

      • 3r3r
      • Mathias

        I don’t know anything about specific needs for underwater shooting. But I think 4:2:0 should be good enough. 8 bit is a more important limitation, IMHO, depending on whether the sensor data is rounded down to 8bit, or dithered down. It’s probably rounded down, which could eventually result in faint banding artifacts in certain situations. Dithering down to 8 bit would take care of that problem, but I kinda doubt current digicams are doing that, because dithering not only costs performance, but also has the side effect of reducing compression efficiency.

        4:2:0 means that every pixel has brightness information, but only 1 out of 4 pixels has color information. It’s not as bad as it sounds because the human eye is much more sensitive to small brightness variations than it is to small color variations. I don’t think 4:2:0 is a serious problem, except for very specific content (e.g. computer game videos).

  • 300€ the grip !
    For a void plastik thing with 3 buttons !

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