Panasonic GH3 detailed specifications

The full descriptions, features and specs of the Panasonic GH3 was published on Samy's Camera ahead of the official announcement tomorrow. The price of the camera is set at $1299.99. Here are the rest of the details:

The Panasonic DMC-GH3 Lumix Body (Black), is a new and highly evolved model from LUMIX, creator of the world’s first digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera.

The body has been engineered to incorporate a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, a 4-CPU Venus Engine, and a newly designed low-pass filter. The creative expression made possible by these innovations, render even the finest textures in intricate detail, breaking new ground in photographic realism. The new model also features Contrast AF with a high level of response. And its magnesium alloy frame is tightly sealed to resist splashes and dust, making the DMC-GH3 rugged enough to withstand the rigors of professional use.


  • 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Double OLED Display
  • Splash/Dustproof Design
  • Full-HD Progressive
  • Smartphone or Tablet Linking

In addition to supporting a wide range of recording formats, the DMC-GH3 features a special heat-dispersing design for extended high-quality recording. Its specifications match those of many professional cameras, ensuring that it meets the demands of video field work. The LUMIX GH3 was designed from the ground up to provide seamless multi-media performance for both stills and videos. It may well be the world’s first camera to please professional photographers by offering them the best of both.

The DMC-GH3 features a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with a level of sensitivity that produces flowing gradation from shadows to highlights. High resolution and a wide dynamic range create truly stunning images that look like you could reach out and touch them. High-sensitivity ISO 12800 (extended: ISO 25600) and extensive noise reduction give you remarkable images even in dim lighting.

In the DMC-GH3′s Contrast AF system, the image sensor doubles as the AF sensor to resist any mechanical margin of error. Compared with Phase Difference AF, the focusing is precise even at small F-numbers. A faster sensor and engine also achieve a higher focus detection speed than most traditional DSLR models.

The DMC-GH3 gives you 1920 x 1080 60p [NTSC] / 50p [PAL] Full-HD recording. Progressive scanning records every frame, so the amount of data contained is twice that of interlace scanning, and the images have extremely high definition.

The Wi-Fi(R) function lets you use a smartphone* to make settings and press the shutter button remotely, a short distance from the camera. The auto transfer function is handy for automatically backing up photos onto a tablet. This lets you monitor them on the tablet without having to upload them to a PC. You can also start timer interval video recordings from a smartphone. And you can use GPS data to simultaneously record the shooting location onto your images.

Detailed specifications:

  • Effective Megapixels 16.05 Megapixels
  • Megapixels 17.20 Megapixels
  • Image Sensor Live MOS/17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Sensitivity 200 – 12800
  • Storage Media SD Secure Digital
  • Compatible Memory Card SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
  • Lcd Monitor Type OLED Monitor with static touch control
  • Lcd Screen Size 3.0 in.
  • Computer Interface USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Lens Focal Length Multiplier Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
  • Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000
  • Exposure Modes Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
  • Shutter Speeds 60 – 1/4000th
  • Builtin Flash Yes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
  • Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh)
  • Dimensions 132.9 x 93.4 x 82.0mm / 5.23 x 3.68 x 3.23 in
  • Weight Approx. 470g / 16.58 oz (Body only)
  • Auto Focus Contrast AF system
  • Flash Type TTL Built-in-Flash
  • Red Eye Reduction yes
  • Continuous Shooting Speed 6 fps
  • Weather Proof no
  • White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, Color temperature setting
  • Video Resolution 1080 Full HD

The Panasonic GH3 is bigger and heavier than the previous GH2 model ($699):

Via e-p1

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  • Fotopro

    I really hope this camera delivers. I’m tired of 10 hours of the weight of my D4 for wedding work. It would be amazing to carry a couple of bodies that are lightweight with Leica/Panasonic glass. Crossing my fingers!!!

    • Sky

      If you hope it’ll be even half as good as D4 – you are fooling yourself already.
      This thing has m4/3 sensor. Even solely by this one reason it’ll be knocked down by full-frame camera without any problem.

      • he wouldnt know. he buys D3 and sets it to P mode, flash pointed straight and in auto TTL.

        there is nothing what D3 can do for him what this little panasonic cannot.

  • joy

    what’s the point of larger body with small 4/3 sensor? I would pick old k-5 over this

    • fotopro

      Large body compared to what? In my case it is much, much smaller than a Nikon D3, D4 bodies. Even with their new pro glass (f/2.8) it is a very portable system. Again, if the image quality is up to professional standards. We will have to wait to see the image quality.

      • Sky

        Larger body compared to mirrorless.
        It’s in the size of regular DSLR.
        And at this point – you’d better go for the “real thing”, get a good glass, use your larger sensor, and do amazing photos with full system of gear, some of which will be impossible to obtain using CSC or simply: pointless struggle.

    • shadowfoto

      lens weight. 12-35 & 35-100 combo would weight less than 24-70 OR 70-200 alone.

      • Ragnarok

        Only that you could replace those 24-70 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses for f/5.6 versions and you would get the same results as with the 12-35 and 35-100 f/2.8 lenses. And boom! There goes your size and weight benefit. And we already know this is true: Olympus was forced to release a 14-35 f/2 and a 35-100 f/2 just to try to stay competitive and those lenses were heavier and more expensive than the their FF equivalents.

        Back when it could have made some sense Olympus bet on a smaller sensor, and lost. Period. They fooled themselves by believing they could fix things with the micro version and, well, for a little time they could. But even that is over:

        Up to a point, for sensors bigger is better. Just watch Olympus and Panasonic eat their XZ-2 and LX-7 against the Sony RX100.

        Canon, Samsung and Fujifilm have gone APS-C, I think Pentax too (K-01), and more likely even Nikon will offer an APS-C mirrorless option sooner or later.

        The FF RX1 is a teaser of a near future where M43 will make even less sense than today.

        And with Olympus going the Pentax way (replace Hoya for Sony) there is only Panasonic left. And they jumped the shark with the GH3. Like Sony learned with the A900, you need more than pro features to make a camera worth for pros: pro system, pro lenses, pro support… And Panasonic offers none. They’ll get a few upgraders, a few amateur videographers and little else.

        By going this route, they are making the same mistakes Olympus made before they realized it was better to kill Four Thirds. If having a smaller sensor Panasonic can’t compete on size and weight (and even on price, because it’s hard to justify the price of a GH3 when a NEX-6 is hundreds less), they should simply shut down or start over.

        • Sky

          +1, well said

  • Caba1a

    I just wanna know, if the GH3 is using a Multi-aspect Sensor?
    By the info I get right now, probably not…

  • karmacoma

    It’s tremendously ugly, the hunchback of m4/3, but the hardware interface looks great – five programmable buttons and three custom banks like a serious piece of gear (except for the 1/4000 shutter). Any word on the available aspect ratios? I was hoping for 5:4 to be offered in any mirrorless camera this year, this seems like the last chance.

  • Rythm

    1/4000 + minimum ISO200 = Bullshit.

  • Rob Ellis

    Been taking styling tips from the sony a100? :S

  • CrapBuster

    With that money one can buy a 5D and a couple of good lenses, which will vomit on this toy. One can shoot videos of one’s cat with the telephone. Thoughts thoughts thoughts.

  • atapee

    It’s big because it’s really a filmographers camera… And if it’s mainly for that aplication there is a lot of sense in making it normal size and puting lots of external controls on it… i aprove

  • Omg finally a real shutter button.

  • Azoulay

    Hmmm.. I was realy looking forward to an in sensor I.S for this one.

  • Camaman

    Well its great!
    All its missing is shutter 1/8000, iso100 extended 50 and IBIS for better video…

    To bad Panasonic didnt see the video importance of iBiS like the one from OMDa few years back.

  • The camera is bigger but not the sensor… so then why wouldn’t anyone choose an APS-C camera that is the same size as the GH3 but has a larger sensor? The Sony SLT a77 with the 16-50 f2.8 lens now looks like better specs for less money than the GH3 with the G X 12-35 f2.8 lens.

  • Roby

    Did anyone here ever tried a GH2? Prolly not. For video the GH series deliver. The Gh2 outresolve about any DSLR on the market. Also, I guess sensor size is kinda revelent but not everyone is looking for critical DOF, especially in video.

    Anyway i’m prolly gonna get bashed on that but I don’t care, nikon nor canon is getting my money.

    1/8000? If you guys shoot F1 or something I might understand bet really? Can’t you use a ND or stop down?
    Iso 200, I agree tho.

    • Sky

      ROTFL. If you don’t understand why one would need 1/8000s shutter speed then just stop commenting.

  • Chris K.

    Huh, I thought this was supposed to have focus peaking…(Forget which rumor blog claimed focus peaking…Or perhaps I dreamt it?)

    Curious how this will compare with the E-M5…While I’m guessing the GH3 will be better for video, wonder if it’ll be better for still photography.

    After buying my NEX-7, I rarely use my G3 and see only incremental upgrades since then in the m43 space. :^/

    • Sky

      Isn’t focus peaking patented by Sony (with Pentax buying rights for it recently) ?

  • Sparky

    GH3 Needs to have 4:2:2 10Bit

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