Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
Panasonic DMC-GH3
TypeMicro Four Thirds System
LensMicro Four Thirds System mount
Sensor17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS
Maximum resolution4608 x 3456 (15.93 megapixels)
ASA/ISO rangeISO 200–12800, extendable to 125-25600
Focus modesAutomatic or Manual
Exposure modesManual, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, User settings
Exposure meteringIntelligent Multiple
FlashBuilt-in pop up
Flash bracketing±2EV EV in ⅓ EV steps
ShutterFocal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to 2 minutes)
ViewfinderEVF color display, 100% field of view, 0.67x (35 mm equiv), 1.34x magnification, with 1744 kDots equivalent; OLED or articulated multi-angle 3.0 inch color OLED with touch control (614 kDots equivalent)[1]
Image processing
Custom WBAuto / Color temperature setting / Manual measurement
BatteryLi-ion Battery Pack
WeightApprox. 470 g (body only)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is a digital mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) manufactured by Panasonic. It is the successor to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and was announced in September 2012 at photokina. It was available from November 2012.[2]

It is the first MILC that can record video with a bit rate of up to 72 megabits per second. That is significantly higher than the specification of AVCHD 2.0 of up to 28 megabits per second, which was released in July 2011 and is used for similar cameras and camcorders.[3]

It was succeeded by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 which has the capability to take 4K resolution video.[4]

Technical specification[edit]

The camera body is made of a magnesium alloy and has a swivelable touch screen, an electronic viewfinder with diopter correction, an internal flash light and a hot shoe. Due to the short flange focal distance of about 20 millimeters for the Micro Four Thirds system, almost all lenses with an appropriate image circle can be mounted to the body with a lens adapter.[5][6] The normal focal length is at about 25 millimetres.

In all still and movie modes as well as with the monitor or the electronic viewfinder, the GH3 works in live view mode. It can be operated in manual focus mode with software magnification or with a versatile contrast-detection auto focus system, including face detection and object tracking. This applies to steady shots as well as to movie takes. Due to the optional electronic shutter the camera can take images without any acoustic noise.[7]

The camera body has a lithium-ion battery, and an additional battery grip can be attached, which has a release button for portrait shooting, along with other control elements.

The GH3 has an internal stereo microphone and a socket for external microphones.


With a Wi-Fi connection the camera can communicate with smartphones, tablet computers or mobile and stationary computers. These devices allow remote control as well as live view. Furthermore, they can get the geo coordinates of the recording location and add these to the metadata of the recordings. The current Lumix link app does have limitations when recording in video, namely you can start the video recording but not stop it by smart phone or tablet.

The images can be transferred to compatible television sets.

Use for movie production[edit]

The ability to take video in Full HD resolution with up to 60 complete frames per second with a bit rate of up to 72 megabits per second and the capacity to use external microphones give the GH3 the potential for semi-professional movie production.

Time lapse photography and slow motion video can also be made, and flagged by SMPTE time code.


Compared to its predecessor the GH2 the GH3 has the following main differences:

  • Video mode with a Bit rate of up to 72 Megabit per second
  • OLED monitor
  • OLED viewfinder
  • Waterproof and dust-resistant body of a magnesium alloy with additional control elements
  • Venus Engine 7[8]
  • Image sensor with a different optical low pass filter (with almost the same pixel count)
  • Wireless data exchange via Wi-Fi
  • Continuous recording of six images per second (raw format), at reduced resolution (4 Megapixels) in JPEG up to 20 images per second
  • Lowest ISO speed ISO 200, instead of ISO 160
  • HDR function[9]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Lumix GH3 – Neues DSLM Top-Modell mit professionellen Features, Press release, Panasonic, 17 September 2012
  3. ^ AVCHD Format Co-Promoters started licensing the AVCHD Format Version 2.0, AVCHD Information Website, online 17 September 2012
  4. ^ Richard Lawler (9 March 2014). "Panasonic's 4K-ready Lumix GH4 priced at $1,700, ships in late April".
  5. ^ Objektivadapter für Micro-Four-Thirds-Kameras – Zahllose Objektive können an die neuen Kameras angeschlossen werden ], 6 August 2009, online 17 September 2012
  6. ^ Adapter für Micro-Four-Thirds – Die Welt der Fremdobjektive, Forum Four Thirds, online 17 September 2012
  7. ^ DMC-GH3 - Lumix G DSLM Wechselobjektiv-Kamera,, overview, online 17 September 2012
  8. ^ Panasonic Lumix GH3: Neues Multitalent für Fotos und Videos, ColorFoto, online on 17 September 2012
  9. ^ Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Hands-on Preview - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 key features, dpreview, online abgerufen am 17 September 2012

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Preceded by
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Panasonic Micro Four Thirds System cameras
November 2012–present
Succeeded by
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4