GH3: Panasonic & Philip Bloom videos
The new GH3 was officially announced at the Photokina expo on 9/18/12.
Bruce Logan and Philip Bloom have posted their short film shot using the new GH3:
( To see it in 1080p and full-screen, go to http://vimeo.com/49420579 )
My bottom line on the GH3:
I’ll probably get a GH3, eventually, especially for its 1080p60 capability (for slo-mo in 24p & 30p timelines). My Lumix m43 electronic lenses need a new camera body (I own a GH1 & GH2). This would be in addition to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera I have on pre-order.
However, for my purposes either the GH3 live 1080p HDMI output must be completely clean and standard for use with an external HDMI recorder such as a BMD Hyperdeck Shuttle-2 or Atomos Ninja-2 (unlike the GH2). It’s OK with me if the live HDMI out is only 8-bit 4:2:0, but obviously 10-bit 4:2:2 would be better. 8-bit 4:2:0 can look pretty nice if it’s properly dithered (as with newer Sony & Canon cams). …
… Or the GH3’s built-in codec must be relatively high-quality (without “too many” artifacts, such as far less noise, far less gradient banding artifacts, and improved dynamic range).
The “GH3” has a headphone jack (unlike the GH2), one of my requirements. I hope the GH3 will feature a much-improved JPEG stills engine! RAW is all well & good, but jeez, the inexpensive Fuji P&S I owned several years ago did a better job rendering JPEG stills than my GH1 or GH2.
But … I have my doubts the new GH3 (body only) will be readily available anytime soon in the US via reputable, authorized Panasonic dealers. In the case of both the GH1 & GH2, it was many months after their announcement that US customers could buy them through reputable, authorized US dealers.
Here’s hoping. We shall see.
EDIT: I updated this article to include official GH3 product announcement information.
EDIT: I discuss the GH3 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera here.
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