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(FT5) GH3 has fastest AF of the world. It is like a pro DSLR. Best hybrid cam ever (Source report)


A tester had the chance to test a Panasonic GH3 camera which he says was a final prototype with unfinished firmware. There are only few cameras at the moment going across the world in hands of photographers and journalists. First he said the specs I posted in these days are correct. The GH3 is weather sealed, has a new 16 Mpx sensor, ALL-I 72Mbit/s video recording, 100-12.800 ISO, external vertical battery grip and full Application remote control. While he can’t unveil the spec he said that the camera was a real surprise fro him:

1) Ergonomy: The GH3 is bigger and heavier, it is built like a tank! Panasonic clearly wants to give you a “DSLR feeling” going away from the “smaller is better” philosophy. It feels much more PRO than the Olympus E-M5. De facto it looks more similar to a PRO DSLR like a Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D more than to any other Panasonic/Olympus mirrorless camera we have seen before.

2) Specs: While he can’t unveil the specs he said that Panasonic improved any aspects of the camera. They really studied the feedback they got from Photographers and Filmmakers using the GH2. So almost everything you wished to have on a GH3 will become truth. The sensor gets on market with the “Wide Dynamic Range” definition while the Autofocus is said to be the fastest of the whole interchangeable camera world. Video specs and features are the best he ever saw on these kind of cameras. While there was no chance to analyze the stills quality he got the chance to see some videos made with the GH3. Definitely a leap forward!

3) Connectivity and accessories: The GH3 is all about getting connected. There are many physical and wireless connection possibilities. Filmmmakers are going to have all the connections they need for a professional production.

Thanks source for the precise report that I as usual rewrote (by adding my usual baby-English language) to hide your language style. We are all looking forward to see the GH3!!!


P.S.: All sources confirmed that the Gh3 is the “only” new m43 camera from Panasonic at Photokina. But as I told you before I expect a new GX2 to be announced a few months after Photokina.

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  • lxcellent

    Since when are the D7000 and the 7D pro bodies? Not like I need my camera to have a body like the D7000 or 7D, but you really cannot call them pro bodies any more than you can call the EM-5 a pro body.

    • S

      They are both pro bodies. Since when do you need a full frame sensor to be pro? Idiot.

    • onequartersensor

      D7000 and 7D withstand rain and bumps, have good usability and build quality. Surely a bigger sensor would make them better, but the gap between them and any M43 is huge already.

  • rai

    hahaha … both 7D and especially D7000 are medioker body the only pro body in aps-c world is pentax K-5/7.

    • HTHTH

      Yep, thats why the Pentax K57 dominates the market lol

      • qwerty

        he refered on the body, not the camera ;)

    • N

      And the Nikon D300 D300s…..

  • Ben

    But Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D are NOT “Pro DSLR”, theyre bottom end cameras.

    Is GH3 really gonna be THAT bad??? :(

    • Ben

      However, I like that it says it’s gonna bigger. FINALLY. Sick to death of this smaller micro4/3 cameras that you can’t even hold right.

    • onequartersensor

      No, GH3 is going to be a lot worse, like all M43s, except for size.

    • Mitch

      How are they low end cameras??? Professionals shoot with them all the time and get great images from them. Also too, since when do the specs of the camera determine if its pro or not? If someone is pro, then they can still do work with cameras that dont have all the bells and whistles of the $2500 + cameras. Its comments like this that show me sometimes the mentality of the photography world is going in the wrong direction.

  • ProPhotoBitch


    Really the Nikon D7000 and the Canon 7D are bottom end cameras? WTF are you smoking, they are considered Enthusiast/Pro consumer cameras. I am a Pro and I shoot with the D7000 as a everyday use camera along with the new D4, the flipping D800 I was going to get but the file sizes are so frickin huge it only shoots 4fps. As far as the Micro 4/3 go try shooting with one, there flipping great when it comes to picture quality and getting better, the new Olympus puts up some of the best shots I have seen in a small camera and easy to carry around. DSLRs are still the king of the crop when it comes to shooting but its not like you need a Full frame camera just to consider yourself to be a Pro snob. I have seen great pictures taken with a P&S in the right hands that would blow you away.

    Also onequartersensor: The GH3 is one sweet camera, I want one just for the video alone, and the damn thing takes great pictures, again in the right hands.

    Mitch: I agree with you 100%!

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