Panasonic Lumix GH3 – The Fastest Touchscreen-Camera (Part 2)

2/15/2013 6:13:27 PM


About its oparations, the GH3 has moved farther forward from the GH2. With a bigger handgrip, improved arrangements of buttons, bigger battery and an excellent touchscreen, we won’t hesitate even for a little while to say that the GH3 is one of the most intuitive CSCs we have ever used. The camera is well supported by a good selection of lenses and there are no fewer than 17 Panasonic G-series lenses to expand the system from wideangle 7mm lenses right through to 300mm zoom telephoto. With Wi-Fi now built into the camera, it can skip the step of uploading your images to the computer before attaching them to an email or posting them to social media channels. Moreover, the idea of being able to see exactly what the screen displays on your phone or tablet is absolutely fantastic and this could really be preferred by wildlife photographers who like to work as secretly and quietly as possible.

The GH3 challenges DSLRs at a similar price in the way it processes and controls, but how about image quality? In isolation, the detail that is resolved by the 16MP sensor is very considerable and until you compare side by side the results with a camera that uses an APS-C sized sensor, you will realize that there is less detail in the GH3’s files at 100%.

Setting the highest sensitivity, we would be proud to shoot at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 with some noise reduction applied. So let’s turn back to our initial question about whether the GH3 is ready to challenge its DSLR competitors or not, and our answer is yes. Both shooting and recording video is an interesting experience with the GH3 and with the overall score of 92%, it leaves with a Gold Award.


Olympus OM-D E-M5

Price: $1,814

The GH3’s closest CSC opponent is the Olympus OM-D. It has a 16MP sensor and also uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.


Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Samsung NX20

Price: $1,262

With built-in Wi-Fi like the GH3, the Samsung NX20 is another opponent, but it is not supported by as many lenses.

Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20

Nikon D7000

Price: $1,318

Nikon’s D7000 also has a 16MP sensor, shoots at 6fps and provides a similar ISO range that runs from 100 to 25,600.

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000


·         The LCD display is one of the fastest camera touchscreens that we have ever used.

·         High-speed, 6fps continuous shooting

·         Comprehensive set of video functions

·         Powerful and stable build quality



·         The viewfinder is not completely sharp at the edges.

·         The camera sometimes locks in playback mode (new firmware is expected to solve this problem).

·         There’s no option to star rate your images in the camera.



·         Features: 19/20

·         Performance: 18/20

·         Design: 19/20

·         Image quality: 18/20

·         Value: 19/20

·         Test score: 92%


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