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Panasonic Lumix GH3: For explorers at heart

The Panasonic GH3 is a great camera for video enthusiasts

Written by Jayanta Ghosh | Published: December 5, 2013 3:15:25 am

The Lumix GH3 is not just a compact,lightweight camera. It is an attractive,mirrorless single lens system camera that is tough enough to withstand the extreme conditions of heavy field use. The high point of this model form Panasonic is its video capability. Using the MOV container and H.264 compression format,the GH3 offers full high definition video recording at 50-72Mbps bit rate that is exceeded only by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. It is also equipped with the whole set of conventional AVCHD compression options as well (including another Full HD 1080/60p setting with a 28Mbps bitrate).

The new Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution images with minimum noise. And the new Venus Engine attains high-speed,high-quality signal processing. These features combine to maximise shooting fun and operating ease. Another prominent feature of the Lumix GH3 is a tough body that is rugged enough to stand up to even professional use. It features a magnesium alloy full diecast body and advanced splash/dust-proof construction that was achieved by tightly sealing the sections of the camera body to enable shooting under extreme conditions.

The body has enabled a new control layout with three dials on the front and back as well as single-function buttons. The Lumix GH3 allows users to capture images in extreme environments and provides superb mobility. It also records still images consecutively at a rate of about 6 fps.

Further expanding recording versatility,the GH3 has the ability to shoot video using the MPEG-4 format,with options for Full HD,720p,or standard-definition recording. Three slow motion modes (80%,48%,and 40%),a reliable autofocus system,time code output,and an external mic and headphone jack round out the GH3’s important video features.

In still images,the GH3 can shoot 16-megapixel images. With Panasonics Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor,it can shoot stills at up to roughly 6fps. You can shoot in standard 4:3,as well as slightly cropped 3:2,1:1,or 16:9. ISO range is from ISO 200-12800. But the noise is visible after 1600. Another negative in this model is that this camera body has no IS so you have to pick your lenses with this camera cleverly for image stabilisation.

The rear display panel is a 3-inch 614k dot resolution (640 x 480 pixels) OLED unit that,like that of its predecessor,is touch-sensitive,though it is now capacitive,rather than pressure-sensitive. For both stills and video shooters looking to extend the camera’s abilities,the GH3 offers a 3.5 mm mic input (GH2 users had to resort to a 2.5—3.5 mm adapter),headphone jack,PC sync socket and a new optional battery grip that attaches to base plate providing the option for 0additional power.

Estimated street price: Rs 96,300

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