It is now Panasonic’s turn to unveil its new camera for the Photokina 2012 opening day (well the press day). And, as I was expected, they decided to refresh the antique mirrorless camera aimed towards videographers, the GH2 which will be replaced by the GH3. It can be considered as a prosumer mirrroless camera. It has the MFT mount of course but gets a new sensor, a 16MP LiveMos, probably the same as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and today’s Pen E-PL5. This sensor on the Lumiux GH3 can be used between ISO 125 and 25,600 and may record Full HD video sequences at 50p. The video mode benefits of a microphone line in and the swivel touch screen which always come in handy while filming. Pretty upscale, the Panasonic GH3 gets a weather-sealed body and its user interface reminds me very much of a DSLR, which is designed on purpose obviously. It can get an optional handgrip as well. The EVF is high-def : an OLED of 1.744 Kdots. Finally, the Panasonic GH3 gets a Wi-Fi connexion, a feature that every manufacturer is currently implementing on its advanced cameras like Canon which today released the EOS 6D compact full frame DSLR with a touch screen and Wi-Fi and the Powershot S110.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 prices and availability
Nope, the Panasonic GH3 is not a cheap camera. It will be available late November 2012 at the following European retail prices (while US prices have not been disclosed yet) :
- Panasonic GH3 body only : €,1199
- Panasonic GH3 + 14-140mm lens : €1,799
- Panasonic GH3 + 12-35mm lens : €2,199
Obviously, Penasonic want to replace a DSLR, even a pro DSLR, with the GH3. The kit composition speak for themselves. Aimed at prosumer videographers, the Lumix GH3 will be probably chosen with the 10x lens while users with more photographic ambitions may want to look at the GH3 with the premium Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. power zoom lens. But for that, they will have to write a big check, which happens to be the price of a Full Frame DSLR like the Nikon D600 or Canon EOS 6D just announced… Well, I know, differente uses….