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Panasonic GH3 Lumix 

Body (Black), a new and highly evolved model from LUMIX, creator of the world's first digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera. The body has been engineered to incorporate a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, a 4-CPU Venus Engine, and a newly designed low-pass filter. The creative expression made possible by these innovations, render even the finest textures in intricate detail, breaking new ground in photographic realism.

And its magnesium alloy frame is tightly sealed to resist splashes and dust, making the Panasonic GH3 rugged enough to withstand the rigors of professional use. The Panasonic GH3 features a special heat-dispersing design for extended high-quality recording. Its specifications match those of many professional cameras, ensuring that it meets the demands of video field work.

The LUMIX GH3 was designed from the ground up to provide seamless multi-media performance for both stills and videos.


  • 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Contrast AF with a high level of response
  • Magnesium Alloy Frame
  • 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB and 24p 72Mbps ALL-I
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • OLED Monitor and Live View Finder

16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor The Panasonic GH3 features a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with a level of sensitivity that produces flowing gradation from shadows to highlights. High resolution and a wide dynamic range create truly stunning images that look like you could reach out and touch them. High-sensitivity ISO 12800 (extended: ISO 25600) and extensive noise reduction give you remarkable images even in dim lighting.

Moire suppression and high resolution New technology has also been applied to the low-pass filter on the surface of the Digital Live MOS Sensor. The new filter optimizes the conventionally conflicting effects of increasing resolution while suppressing moire. The unwanted data that leads to moire and false color is reduced while maintaining high resolution.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) To cope with the extreme bright and dark contrast that you get, for example, with backlighting, consecutive photos are taken with different exposure levels and overlapped. Blown highlights and blocked shadows are then deleted and a single photo is composed. All processing is done in the background, so you can take your next shot without having to wait, ensuring that you don't miss a photo opportunity.

Fast processing of high-quality images The new Venus Engine process both still and video signals with razor-sharp clarity. 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) and Multiprocess Noise Reduction (MNR) work together to attain superb noise-reducing performance. Four CPUs process these signals quickly to render images with excellent definition and lifelike ambience.

Still-life images and landscapes without pixel shifting Both the front and rear curtains in the DMC-GH3's shutter system are driven electronically for reduced vibration operation. This ensures crisp still-life images and landscapes by limiting pixel shifting.

Top-Class Aspherical Lenses Lumix G lenses are all developed in-house. Their quality is inspected by the UA3P Ultra-High Accuracy 3D Profilometer, an instrument that was originally developed by Panasonic for lens manufactures all over the world. Panasonic’s collaboration with Leica Camera AG also resulted in stringent quality standards for these advanced lenses and a system in which each and every lens is inspected.

• LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

Higher response and precision In the Panasonic GH3's Contrast AF system, the image sensor doubles as the AF sensor to resist any mechanical margin of error. Compared with Phase Difference AF, the focusing is precise even at small F-numbers. A faster sensor and engine also achieve a higher focus detection speed than most traditional DSLR models.

Flexible framing not limited to measurement points With Full-area Focusing, any place you touch on the rear monitor is a focus point. There's no need to have your subject in the center of the frame. Panasonic GH3 owners are released from focus point limitations, and free to frame their shots as they please.

Fine focus point adjustment Pinpoint AF is handy when you want to set the focus point more precisely. Simply touch the rear monitor to expand the surrounding area. Then drag the screen to move the cross-shaped marker in the center to the exact place you want to focus. This allows detailed adjustment in a small focus area.

Enlarge the screen to check focusing When manually focusing, simply touch a part of the rear monitor to enlarge the image by 4x, 5x or 10x, to aid in focusing. The 4x enlarged image is displayed in the framing screen, so you can focus while viewing the entire composition.

Easy, intuitive operation Shooting with the viewfinder has been further enhanced in the Panasonic GH3. Exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, and white balance controls are positioned around the shutter button to make operation fast and easy while looking at the viewfinder.

Camera tilt displayed on the monitor Acceleration sensors inside the camera detect the horizontal condition. A level gauge indicating the two directions of horizontal lean and front/rear tilt is displayed. The camera's portrait/landscape orientation is also detected, and photos are automatically displayed in the correct orientation whatever lens is used.

Natural color, high definition and a lag-free display High-quality, high-speed organic EL displays are used for both the Live View Finder and the rear monitor. These rapid displays, which feature 100% coverage, exhibit virtually no perceptible time lag, and ensure that your subject is shown with natural coloring. The Eye Sensor automatically switches between the Live View Finder and the rear monitor, for smooth, easy shooting with both.

Extended shooting ability The newly developed battery allows reliable, extended shooting of both photos and videos. You can shoot approx. 540 images with H-HS12035 (CIPA Standard).

Lightweight and rugged for field use The DMC-GH3 is the first in the LUMIX G series to use a magnesium alloy frame. Its lightweight yet durable body brings ruggedness to the compact size of the digital single lens mirrorless camera to provide flexible shooting virtually anywhere.

Ready for shooting anywhere A splash/dustproof design is achieved by tightly sealing the joints and control components of the DMC-GH3 body. This heavy-duty design meets the needs of active and outdoor photographers.

Go-anywhere ruggedness; Splash/Dustproof Lenses The DMC-GH3 is rugged enough to use in even the harsh environments. And this is also true for several X Series lenses, which have the same splash/dustproof design as the Panasonic GH3 body. You're covered with added protection and a higher piece of mind..

Keeping the sensor constantly clean To reduce to visual impact of dust and other foreign matter that might otherwise enter the camera when changing lenses, SSWF(Super Sonic Wave Filter) that vibrates approximately 80,000 times/second is mounted between the low-pass filter and the shutter. Each time the power is turned on, the filter oscillates the sensor surface to automatically remove dust and other particles.

High-speed data transfer The Panasonic GH3 uses a variety of advanced recording media, including the SDXC, SDHC, and SD Memory Cards. Topping them all is the maximum speed of the UHS-I high-speed data transfer standard. It lets you transfer your valuable shooting data at lightning fast speeds.

Full support for the industry's recording formats - Versatile Recording Formats The Panasonic GH3 handles the wide variety of recording formats, frame rates, and bit rates that are used by broadcasting stations and production studios.

High-definition recording of every frame The Panasonic GH3 gives you 1920 x 1080 60p [NTSC] / 50p [PAL] Full-HD recording. Progressive scanning records every frame, so the amount of data contained is twice that of interlace scanning, and the images have extremely high definition.

Face Detection AF, Full-area Touch AF, and AF Tracking Face Detection AF, Full-area Touch AF, and AF Tracking, which automatically tracks moving subjects, can be used for shooting videos just as they are for shooting still images. They bring the same great ease and comfort to your video work.

Exposure Mode Select either of four manual video modes: Program AE / Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure. They will faithfully reflect your shooting intent, and give you a wide range of video images.

40%, 48%, 80% Slow Motion Video Quick-motion and slow-motion video let you apply a variety of effects to the video timeline. In addition to three types of quickmotion and 80% slow-motion video, the Panasonic GH3 includes 48% and 40% slow-motion in response to demands from many video shooting enthusiasts, all in Full-HD.

Time codes recorded for video editing use Time codes are essential for video editing, as they provide the information needed to specify scenes along the video timeline. The Panasonic GH3 includes a count-up system with Rec Run and Free Run codes and a recording system with Drop Frame and Non Drop Frame codes. In addition to aiding image expression, these time code functions meet professional needs for post-production work.

Audio recording with an external mic and image sync The Panasonic GH3 has a 3.5-mm-diameter, general-purpose mic jack. Simply plug in an external mic to record high-quality sound synchronized to the image.

Monitor the sound as you record The Panasonic GH3 also features a 3.5-mm-diameter, general purpose, headphone output terminal. It comes in handy for TV program or other production applications by letting you monitor the sound through headphones while shooting.

Check Live View images on a large screen The HDMI terminal on the Panasonic GH3 connects easily to a large-screen monitor for realtime image checking. It also makes it possible to save data onto an SD card as it is output, for a more efficient workflow.

Continuous Recording When recording the video in MOV, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD, the DMC-GH3 automatically generates multiple seamless files for continuous recording. During playback, the files are reproduced with seamless, interruption-free continuity.

Extended-time recording of high-quality images Right from the design stage, the DMC-GH3 pursued a hybrid structure for still and video images. A heat-dispersing design was used to enhance video shooting and enable extended recording of high-quality images.

Wireless function for a whole new shooting style The Wi-Fi(R) function lets you use a smartphone* to make settings and press the shutter button remotely, a short distance from the camera. The auto transfer function is handy for automatically backing up photos onto a tablet. This lets you monitor them on the tablet without having to upload them to a PC. You can also start timer interval video recordings from a smartphone. And you can use GPS data to simultaneously record the shooting location onto your images.

• The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Logo is a certification mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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Essential Accessories

  • SanDisk - 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
    Originally $34.05
    $4.25 in Rebate(s)
  • Panasonic - DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
  • Panasonic - Battery Grip for Lumix GH3 and GH4 Digital Cameras
  • Panasonic - DMW-BTC10 Battery Charger
  • Panasonic - DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for Lumix DMC-GH3 Cameras
  • Nauticam - NA-GH3 Underwater Housing for Panasonic GH3/GH4
  • Lexar Media - 64GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDHC Memory Card
  • Delkin Devices - DDREADER-41 Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader
Digital Mirrorless Camera Information
Effective Megapixels 16.05 Megapixels
Compatible Memory Card SD, SDHC, SDXC
Megapixels 16 Megapixels
Sensor Live MOS Sensor
Sensitivity 200 - 12800
Storage Media SD Secure Digital
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
LCD Monitor Type Touchscreen Swivel LED (610000)
LCD Screen Size 3.0"
Connectivity USB 2.0 High Speed, miniHDMI TypeC
Viewfinder OLED Live View Finder (1,744K dots equivalent)
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000
Exposure Modes Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Built-in Flash Yes; Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh)
Dimensions 132.9 x 93.4 x 82.0mm / 5.23 x 3.68 x 3.23 in
Weight Approx. 470g / 16.58 oz (Body only)
Auto Focus Contrast AF system
Red Eye Reduction yes
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 6 fps
Weather Proof no
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, and 2, Color temperature setting
Lens Focal Length Multiplier Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Shutter Speeds 60 - 1/4000
Flash Type Built-in Pop-up Flash
Video Resolution 1080 HD
  • Battery Charger (AC Cable included)
  • Battery Pack
  • Body Cap
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
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PATRICK D. from Wexford, PA on January 03, 2013:
I used a set of Voigtlanders and an Olympus 14-35 f2.0 zoom to shoot a commercial the day after I received this camera...I was extremely pleased at the look of the image and the latitude. I was also able, with a beachtek interface to quite effectively record usuable audio. I may never pick up my AF100 (which has been a disappointment) again. the direct to edit 72mbit all-i format is a great midline format that allows some basic color correction and a very pleasing image with about a stop and a half more latitude than any mpeg codec. Probably going to sell my AF and GH2 to get at least one more of these. email me at my website if you'd like to see examples of the video.
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Janet W. from Wynantskill, NY on January 31, 2013:
I moved to M43 from a Nikon system two years ago, and have been using the GH2 for the past year and a half as my primary camera. I use it solely for stills, not video, and was going to wait to see how the GH3 was reviewed before I bought one. However, after seeing some GH3 photos from people whose work I am familiar with (and who also had been using the GH2), I was extremely impressed with the image quality, so I decided to get the GH3 sooner rather than later. After taking the GH3 out this week for a workout, in all my usual haunts, I have to say I am extraordinarily impressed by both the IQ and the useability of this camera. It is a beautifully engineered camera that sits well in hand, has everything you need at your fingertips (and you can conrtol what and where your most used features are located), has a phenomenally good rear display, and is just a joy to use. It exudes quality, solidity, and confidence, and is really a benchmark for the M43 format. Ergonomics aside, the proof is in the pudding so to speak, so even the best designed bit of gear would be useless if its output did not live up to expectations. No worries there....The images I came back with from my comparison outing were markedly better in multiple areas than those from the GH2 (and from an EPL5 that I had also given a try on the same subjects). One of the things Panasonic has always done very well with its M43s cameras is to preserve fine tonal and shadow gradation in their image files, and the GH3 is no exception. The dimensionality of the images due to this capture and preservation of image information, is just remarkable. On viewing one of the photos I had taken, a family member said "it's like you could reach in and be in the scene".....Dynamic range is clearly better than on prior models, and the color is just spot-on, which means that you can even use JPGs if you happen to want to. High ISO performance is also improved significantly. I've worked with ISOs up to 3200 so far with it, and I have gotten saturated images with excellent detail. This is QUITE an improvement over the GH2 high ISO performance. In addition, if you want to do NR in post processing, the GH3 has a nice fine grained noise pattern in both chroma and luminance noise, enabling excellent results with a minimal amount of work in post. Overall, my impression so far is that this is a professional quality camera that has been remarkably well thought out and has robust controllability and great IQ. I would not hesitate for one second to recommend this to either stills or video shooters who want an excellent, versatile, and robust camera, and who want it all in a small form factor. This is a winner of a camera.
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Laurence K. from Clermont, FL on January 18, 2013:
I am absolutely crazy about this camera. The video is beautiful, the audio is clean, I wasn't expecting to like the stills as much as I do. It is just a great all around camera. This is one of those rare instances where if money was no object, I would have bought exactly the same camera. I just love everything about it!.
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Daniel B. from Yucca Valley, CA on December 24, 2012:
Could not be any more pleased with this Panasonic GH3 camera. Upgraded from the DMC G3 and can not believe the difference in quality with both stills and video. Sometimes at work in the evenings we break out our cameras and practice photography skills, all of the sudden the Canon guy's don't want to play so much.
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Geena V. from Silver Spring, MD on December 20, 2012:
Great improvement over the GH2. The headphone jack, 3.5 audio jack, the multiple codecs for recording, and the grip is bigger and more comfortable. The WiFi control that you can put on your iPhone is really great. Only drawback is you can't see a live view while recording. I would recommend you upgrade to the GH3 from a GH2. And you still have the vast lens options available for micro 4/3.
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