As ever, well done Andrea.
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
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.
|Effective Megapixels||16.05 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|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, Color temperature setting|
1080 Full HD
This does look pretty much like the full press release, plus publicity shots so a fairly substantial leak once you add in the video as well.
First things to notice are the weight - 470g which is slightly more than the GH2 - which obviously takes account of the sealing (which is claimed to be dust and splash proof, though it says weather proof - No) This weight figure looks like without battery, so its probably going over the 500g mark. ISO 200 base setting and it seems no multi-aspect sensor.
Interesting phrase - "newly designed low-pass filter" Hopefully this means thats its (very) weak.
No less than 5 function buttons plus two dials, Seperate WB, ISO and +/- buttons on the top. The video button however is situated just by the thumb rest so Michael Reichmann will keep switching it on!! Stereo microphones, fully tilting screen, smart phone wi-fi remote.
Fully professional m4/3?? Well no, and probably not intended to be. A very well-specified picture taking and video shooting camera, absolutely. We know its been out for testing because Phillip Bloom has already shot a video with it.
There is possibly some doubt as to some of the details in the GH3 "press release" above. Mistranslation perhaps? It seems the camera may have the multi-aspect sensor and may indeed be weathersealed. This comes from E-P1 who also have a size comparison with the GH2. See below.
Camera will be announced "officially" tomorrow afternoon. European time.