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The LUMIX GH3 offers some improvements over its predecessor the GH2, but those improvements come at a very steep price. Camera Labs says the GH3 is "one of the most capable compact systems cameras around for stills shooting," and Photography Blog felt the same way, saying it "produced images of outstanding quality." Even though the GH3 is intended to be a compact camera, Camera Labs noted it has "dimensions that almost match those of the smaller consumer DSLRs." Even with the larger size, Expert Reviews was still happy with the camera's dimensions, saying "taller body and more substantial handgrip ... are big boosts to ergonomics." The GH3 is also plenty fast in focusing as Pocket-Lint found out, saying "we have no qualms with speed when the camera's set to single autofocus." Panasonic offers great picture quality and speed in the latest GH3, but it also costs $1300 for just the body. If you're already invested with Panasonic lenses and are looking to step up your photo game the GH3 can make sense, but for those looking to get into the compact interchangeable market should instead look at the Sony NEX-5R which costs half the price and comes with a lens.

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Critic reviews

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  • Battery life
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    7.4
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8.0
PC Mag Oct 4, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is an excellent camera for video enthusiast, but it's not the best all-around Micro Four Thirds camera that we've tested.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 10, 2012

Feature-packed, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is up there with the best Micro Four Thirds cameras, but it sure is a pricey purchase.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Nov 22, 2012

With all this goodness stuffed into a weatherproofed body that’s still smaller and lighter than most pro-level SLRs, Nikon and Canon should be watching their backs.

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9.0
TechRadar May 16, 2013

While it cannot compete with a top-end DSLR when it comes to shooting sport and action, it is more than a match for most other CSCs.

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8.0
Camera Labs Feb 1, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a worthy succesor to the GH2. The redesigned sensor and updated processor provide a raft of enhancements to its video capabilies which will delight existing GH series owners.

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Expert Reviews Dec 19, 2012

With its larger, weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, vast array of buttons and dials, optional battery grip, PC sync socket for triggering external flashes and four-figure body-only price, it's aimed at a more demanding user than any compact system camera (CSC) that has gone before it.

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9.0
Photography Blog Oct 25, 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is a fantastic camera in its own right, ... The compelling mix of outstanding image quality, ease-of-use, intuitive design and a rich feature-set makes it very easy for us to highly recommend the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.

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First Looks

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Digital Photography Review Sep 17, 2012

With the GH2 having gained such a strong following among enthusiasts and videographers, Panasonic has clearly prioritized external controls and accessory compatibility. As such, the GH3 is a noticeably more bulky camera than its predecessor, comparable in size to the Sony SLT-A57.

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CNET Sep 17, 2012

Unless Panasonic managed to make the image quality or performance worse, current users of the GH2 with an investment in compatible lenses are likely going to consider this a must-have upgrade -- unless it's prohibitively priced.

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Imaging Resource Sep 17, 2012

There's plenty of goodness here for the still shooter as well, including what Panasonic is claiming as their best sensor yet, a radically overhauled user interface, gorgeous OLED rear screen and EVF, more powerful built-in flash, and a rugged Magnesium-alloy body with dust- and splash-proofing.

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jamesnorden jamesnorden

I've had this camera for nearly a year and it's handled photo and video work well in a wide range of situations. The in-built features set it apart from the current range of DSLRs, and its video quality is impressive.

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