Excerpt: I have had GH3 about an year now and I think it is time to share my experiences. I have been shooting videos more than photos but i take a lot of photos too. Counter says about 46 000 files now. At first I can say it is a workhorse. It has been served me very well and I am generally happy with its ergonomics and photo/video quality. There are of course cons and pros.
Summary: I bought this camera for hybrid photography. I was looking for something to bridge the gap between my K-5 and my FZ150--and probably replace one of them. I wanted, at a minimum: * 6-8fps burst shooting. Just made it at 6fps. * Decent burst depth (fast shooting is meaningless if you can't capture at least 3-4 seconds of action). The GH3 can capture about 20 RAW (Panny says 18; one reviewer got 24) and up to 100 or more JPEGs. Check. * Good video options. Check.
Summary: I've been shooting with this camera for about 2months, having upgraded from the GH2. I like it. A 2nd control dial, and buttons for direct access to things like exposure compensation, have made a big positive difference in the shooting experience. True, it's a little bigger than the GH2, but I don't mind that. Image quality is very good, and I appreciate the extra dynamic range of this sensor.
Excerpt: I've found that my camera kit has completed a 15 year cycle of growing to become so big and heavy that I've stopped using it and use compact cameras instead. My D700 now only comes out for weddings, portraits, and events, and almost never for personal use. Simply because when it's wearing my favourite lenses, it's just too big and heavy to manage to juggle with kids and dogs. Full up with the 70-200VR lens is over 2.5kg.
Summary: It took Me 4 tel. calls in order to find a customer service tech. who understand the problem that I had with the 12-35 macro/4 lens that needed a firmware upgrade?, or was something else? for they never told me of the fixes that was done. I had to shipped camera and lens to PANASONIC repair center because the memory card with the so called upgraded firmware they sent Me didn't fixed the oscillating image in the LCD screen.
Summary: I chose to buy the GH3 for two reasons: I wanted to embrace the future, especially with video I wanted a stop gap stills camera that would work with my Olympus lenses The GH3 does video better than any other hybrid camera around the price. It's not unusual to find professionals using the equipment, and Zeiss already adapted quite a few of their cine lenses to work with micro Four-Thirds.
Summary: So, no local shops sell anything other than Canikon and Sony. That's okay, I guess, in terms of them having major market share. So I bought the GH3 sight unseen, as you often have to with "enthusiast" products (which, by the way, is against my own moral code - I almost never buy high-end electronics sight unseen). 'Nuff about that.
Summary: In this review, I'll make occasional mention to the GH2 which I used to have and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 which I also use. - BUILD QUALITY - GH3 is built like a top quality APSC DSLR except in a slightly smaller size. It's 550g body alone with batteries. Just for comparison, Canon 7D is 915g with batteries. Compared to the GH2, GH3 is big. When I first held it, I was wondering if it's really a Micro Four Thirds camera.
Excerpt: In my opinion the Panasonic GH3 is the best m4/3 camera on the market to date. It is a joy to carry, takes great photos, and has the added bonus of a formidable video camera. I don't find the size an issue, in fact I like the solid feel in my hands and particularly like being able to use gloves to work the camera. I have tried and tried and cannot see an EVF issue so I wonder what that was all about.