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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3K 16.05 MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch OLED - Body Only (...
Report Date: 07/30/2015
Based on 100 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 7.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed5.0   above average
Battery4.7   exceptional
Quality4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Size4.3   average
Camera4.2   above average
Weight3.8   below average
Button3.7   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"A few minor dislikes - the battery charger has a cord for the mains, the USB cable is really short, and you can't make yes the default selection when you want to delete an image."
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"The battery life on this camera is ridiculously good."
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"Battery life is excellent compared to the Olympus."
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"My DSLR battery rarely lasts over an hour but I was able to shoot a whole wedding with the GH3 with a single battery."
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"The battery life is also amazing for a camera like this."
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Button

Button:
"I have always liked this about Panasonic--it fits what you're used to from still photography; one less thing to learn, one less button to fumble for, one less potential mistake to make."
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"UPDATE:Another problem with the design of the GH3 that I encountered as have others is the inconsistent record button."
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"Buttons and dials I was a little worried about how the buttons and dials would feel function after hearing people talk about the EM5 being squishy."
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"However, with all the buttons and simple menus, this camera is great for beginners like me and for people who know what they are doing."
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"The GH3 offers tons of control - including 3 custom settings, 5 function buttons and a very accurate touch screen."
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"Un-like other reviews, so far we have had no problems with the (video) record button or its features."
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"* Good layout of levers, dials and buttons; although the location of the On Off lever next to Mode dial seem a bit odd, but OK.* In Movie Mode, you can use the shutter button to start filming."
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"* It is good to have a number of dedicated buttons and dials for various functions."
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Camera

Camera:
"Panasonic Lumix has a big problem (or rather their customers do) because none of their cameras last longer than two years."
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"I was a little worried buying a used camera off of the internet."
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"I hate to knock the camera ratings, but I just can't overlook the support issues."
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"I started getting an error message Please turn the camera off and back on again after every picture."
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"I'd turn the camera off and back on, take one picture and the error was back."
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"Love the camera when it was working, hate the customer service."
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"Great camera."
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"I have gotten very beautiful filmic like images from this camera."
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"The battery life on this camera is ridiculously good."
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"This is a great camera that feels like a solid tool."
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"Takes good photos but I need a reliable camera."
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Price

Price:
"Just sayin :)Auto focusThe GH3 auto focus is much better than what I'm use to on t4i as well as stabilization but especially the auto focusLensesI did a lot of research on all the Lenses and have found at least in my opinion that the Panasonic Lenses are better than the low end Canon lenses but probably not as good as the canon high end lenses and prices are probably in between the two."
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"The real downside to me was the price of $2800."
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"If you don't want to spend around $1,500 (as of now) for a GH4 the GH3 at around $700 is a great purchase (body only price)."
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"Quality compared to my t4iI traded in my Canon t4i and received about $266 from Amazon as a gift card as well a bit more money again via gift card for a couple of lens and was able to use that for the GH3."
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"Further, I believe that unless it is for some very good reason *required* that you have a professional grade video recorder you'll be very happy with a mid price range camcorder."
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"Excellent buy for the price)!"
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"GH3 has great performance and has a great price point now that it's big brother(GH4) is out and unless you shoot in 4K video all the time you will find the GH3 to be a great camera for stills and video for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Very Good Camera....Video Out standing...Not heavy but good quality"
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"Images are ok video is better than most but the build quality is terrible."
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"Though video quality is not that superior to GH2 with hacks, I'm very satisfied overall."
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"The 1st problem was bulk and the other being image quality."
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"I have owned my other GH3 for a year and am very pleased with the image quality I get when using custom settings, as well as the ergonomics, versatility, size, weight and feel of the camera."
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"After I learned that no DSLR will match the combination of convenience, size and quality of the HF R400 as well as the zoom range I stopped using the GH3 for video and dove into learning to take stills."
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"There's no way to get a high quality BIG enlargement from a still taken with an HF R400.So 5 stars because I believe I got what I hoped I was getting as far as image quality, ease of use and learning curve."
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"The video quality is fantastic."
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"I bought this camera for film purposes and the quality is just magnificent."
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Range

Range:
"I've always kept a decent, but not great video camera at home usually in the range of $4,000."
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"While the GH2 was an improvement over the GH1, the advertized gains in low light (noise) and dynamic range performance were a disappointment*."
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"After I learned that no DSLR will match the combination of convenience, size and quality of the HF R400 as well as the zoom range I stopped using the GH3 for video and dove into learning to take stills."
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"Further, I believe that unless it is for some very good reason *required* that you have a professional grade video recorder you'll be very happy with a mid price range camcorder."
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"NOW after getting experience with a DSLR I believe there's no DSLR that can match a good camcorder for the *combination of* affordability, zoom range, picture quality, size and convenience that comes with a consumer grade camcorder."
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"This is a great tool for dramatically extending your zoom range when shooting video."
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"The dynamic range was also good when compared to my Canon T3i DSLR."
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Size

Size:
"Not only that, but the micro 4 3 lenses are tiny also; I bought a 14-45mm and 7-14mm MFT lenses, and they both seemed too small and dainty - didn't add a good weight for nice handling."
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"I did have one major complaint about the G1 -- it was too small."
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"I have owned my other GH3 for a year and am very pleased with the image quality I get when using custom settings, as well as the ergonomics, versatility, size, weight and feel of the camera."
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"After I learned that no DSLR will match the combination of convenience, size and quality of the HF R400 as well as the zoom range I stopped using the GH3 for video and dove into learning to take stills."
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"* Reasonable size, weight and price."
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"But nothing I could find has the combination of reasonable size and weight, burst speed, burst depth, good video, good choice of lenses, IQ and other qualities that the GH3 has."
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"The result is a roughly 2mp image that is actually superior in IQ to taking a full size 16mp image and doing a crop and resize of the same area with PhotoShop."
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Speed

Speed:
"The manual zoom on it is a bit slow but overall it is quite sharp and has great contrast."
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"The one big advantage of shooting with legacy glass is the speed of the lenses."
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"The auto focus is very fast and accurate... colors are crisp... and still images are sharper than any DSLR I've used."
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"The AF is super fast and super accurate and the touch screen is simply a joy to use."
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"But nothing I could find has the combination of reasonable size and weight, burst speed, burst depth, good video, good choice of lenses, IQ and other qualities that the GH3 has."
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Video

Video:
"Very Good Camera....Video Out standing...Not heavy but good quality"
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"I've always kept a decent, but not great video camera at home usually in the range of $4,000."
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"Having said this, the issues with the video reviewing and the info shutoff--both of which are absurd and neither of which is made clear in advance by Panasonic--are a constant irritation and a hindrance to smooth operation."
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"Images are ok video is better than most but the build quality is terrible."
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"Not as good as the EVF's on the video camcorders I used to shoot a few years ago, but those cost several times more than my GH2 camera!"
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"only complain as of now is that for video purposes it has no focus peaking, but I am pretty sure with all the people complaining about it it will come along in a firmware update soon."
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"I was trained many years ago in TV Film but haven't done that in years and just love taking videos at home and shooting and editing as much as I can like it's a professional production."
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"The quality of the Pictures and video is much better than t4i I had as well this camera is made for video with all the features it has."
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"Further, I believe that unless it is for some very good reason *required* that you have a professional grade video recorder you'll be very happy with a mid price range camcorder."
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"I bought the GH3 because it was touted as the best DSLR to use for shooting video."
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Weight

Weight:
"While the D600 took phenomenal photos, combined with the lenses, it was annoying carrying around all the weight for travel every day photography."
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"Not only that, but the micro 4 3 lenses are tiny also; I bought a 14-45mm and 7-14mm MFT lenses, and they both seemed too small and dainty - didn't add a good weight for nice handling."
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"Perhaps people with less arm strength would appreciate the size and weight of the GH3, but I'm 6'1 and it looks like a toy camera in my hands, and people (read: prospective clients) tend to judge your ability by how big your tool is (pun moderately intended).The video quality is truly wonderful to see, but the low light performance was disappointing, and the light weight of the camera means that shooting hand held looked particularly shaky."
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"I have owned my other GH3 for a year and am very pleased with the image quality I get when using custom settings, as well as the ergonomics, versatility, size, weight and feel of the camera."
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"Lightweight weather proof excellent picture video."
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"* Reasonable size, weight and price."
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"But nothing I could find has the combination of reasonable size and weight, burst speed, burst depth, good video, good choice of lenses, IQ and other qualities that the GH3 has."
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"Love the weight of the camera."
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