Lumix GH3: Pre-Release Thoughts - Noam Kroll
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The Lumix GH2 is one of my favorite cameras out there today. I use it for the majority of the video DSLR footage that I do for many reasons, but the most important thing is simply the image quality. While cameras like the Canon 5D have advantages over the GH2 in that they are full screen and as such can take wider shots and are better at high ISO values ​​in poor lighting conditions, I find the clarity, sharpness and overall cinematic aesthetics of the GH2 far superior. I'm also a big advocate of the Micro Four Thirds system as it allows users of the camera to fit almost any lens ever made for this camera with very inexpensive adapters. This is of course not possible with full-frame cameras due to the large sensor size.

When the GH2 was released, I doubt Panasonic had any idea what impact this little camera would have on the independent film world. Since its release, the camera has been used in countless films, commercials, and other storytelling projects. Simply put, for the price of this camera, there is absolutely nothing else that even comes close to image quality. This is only helped by the fact that there is a very popular firmware hack that allows you to increase the standard bit rate from 24Mbps to 176Mbps if you dare to.

Today we took pictures and videos of the upcoming GH3. Anyway, I'm very excited about it. It seems Panasonic is listening to its customers and making this camera a more professional tool for filmmaking. She realizes that while this was not her target market when they developed this little camera, it has now become a target market.

Below is a list of the alleged specifications of the new camera. If so, Canon and Nikon will have a really hard time competing in this particular segment of the market, especially for new users. For example, unless you are investing in Canon glass, the decision to buy a $ 1,000 camera with superior video capabilities over a $ 3,500 camera is pretty straightforward.

Of all the specs, I'm most fascinated by 1080p at 60 fps. It's extremely rare to find 60 fps on an SLR in 1080p mode. This means that we can now take some nice slow motion shots with no resolution.

Let's go home that these specs are correct when they officially release next Monday:

– 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide dynamic range.
– New Venus 7 engine
– electronic lock
– ISO 100-12,800
– Fastest AF from a camera with an interchangeable lens system.
– Video bit rate 50 Mbit / s (72 Mbit / s ALL-I)
– 60/50 / 30p / 25p in MP4, MOV and AVCHD
– 3.5 mic in
– built-in stereo microphone
– Audio output
– PC control
– time code
– 1740k OLED LVF, touch monitor OLED 610k.
– external battery handle
– Wifi with remote control via iOS and Android applications
– external XLR accessories
– focus peaking
– Interval shooting and slow motion. Slow film expansion (40%, 50%, 80%) Fast 160/200 / 300%
– Magnesium alloy body. The body is bigger than the GH2


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