Review: The Panasonic Lumix GH3

The verdict

Overall, using the GH3 gives the impression of a GH2 that has had most of its shortcomings – such as AVCHD recording, battery life, the lack of weather sealing and that annoying mic jack – fixed rather than offering anything very new. Rival cameras have larger sensors and wider lens choices.

Others, such as Sony’s NEX-7 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, offer the image quality in more adventurous physical packages.

With the GH3, Panasonic has boosted its flagship camera’s video credentials, but kept the essentials of what made the GH2 so appealing.

In many ways it is an ideal camera for a producer or (photo)journalist who needs to capture both video and stills, but who does not already own Canon or Nikon glass, or who has the money to invest in M43 lenses.

The GH3 is a good camera, perhaps even a very good camera. But it is perhaps not the mould-breaker – or the bargain – that the GH2 was.

  • We plan to publish a further test of the camera, with studio and low light footage, soon.