It is finally Official! Thanks to a well placed “leak” (Video Below) the Panasonic GH3 makes it first apperance along with the reveal of some of its video capability. The successor to the critically acclaimed Panasonic GH2 learned alot from its predecessor. For a long time we were trying to rewrite the GH2 codec into the best Intra Avchd , all i-frame type pro matrix image we could squeeze out it with our hacks and patches. The GH3 learns a lot from these efforts and adopts a codec exactly like that! Well not exactly but its up there! Before i go on i really do want to say well done to Panasonic for taking a very capable camera and doing exactly the sort of thing we hoped you would with the update. It may very well be possible there wont be a need to hack this one.. yea its that good! That is not to say i wont be working on doing just that, i always want to get the most out of the hardware of course.
The GH3 comes with a 16 megapixel digital Live MOS sensor and a 1,700,000-dot OLED LVF with 100% frame coverage. The new codec is an All-I codec (that’s all interframes!) so it can now give us the intra quality we love without needing to hack it. It is now full intra and supported in 60p like we wished and in full 1080p resolution. I like the addition of time code but LOVE the addition of uncompressed HDMI out, FINALLY. Panasonic has also expanded the variable time recording options with 40 and 50 percent frame-rates. There is a new sensor, new autofocus system, new OLED LCD and EVF, with a host of new still and video features but completely new is the Wi-Fi connectivity. The Wi-Fi transmitter will allow photos to be transferred wirelessly from the camera to iOS and Android devices. A smartphone app can be used to control shooting settings perhaps even a remote bulb feature?
The body is als a weather sealed dust-and-splash proof magnesium alloy which pairs great with their new X series lenses and their weather proof features. Along with the many new features i am keen on the expanded dynamic range it promises with Panasonic’s most recent noise-reduction algorithms, and improvements in white balance which will allow for more accurate color, goodbye greenish tint? Auto-focusing speed has been improved to 0.07 seconds and the new sensor features low-pass filter that provides increased image sharpness, not that sharpness was ever a problem, i do hope it doesn’t get TOO clinical, which is what makes the video look become more pronounce. If you use old school lenses then you will be fine in this scenario, we will just have to wait and see on that one. I am curious how sharpness will effect the quality of the Grain, patches like Driftwood’s Senda comes to mind.
Leaked Video from panasonic
Panasonic GH3 Specs
Key Improvements over the Panasonic GH2
All in all a respectable update but i do have to say one of the biggest features of the GH2 was its wow factor video but in a body you can blow less than one grand on even with a kit lens. This will no longer be the case. Will hacked GH2 still compete with the GH3? If it had added in camera stabilization along with the updates i would be very pressed to update. I obviously will still check out and test the GH3 but its missing a few things i really wanted that would make it a clear choice over the GH2 video quality.