The LUMIX G Micro System will change the way you see the digital interchangeable lens camera. It does so with a collection of features that put enormous photographic power in a palm-sized camera with interchangeable lens. The Micro Four Thirds System standard for high quality and wide compatibility. Full-time Live View for setting up the perfect shot. The unique iA mode for capturing stunning photos with all the ease of a compact digital camera

Panasonic GF6 previews round-up: A camera that recognizes meals is shurely a good thing.

So, how was Panasonic's latest micro 4/3 camera entry received by the media? Pretty positively actually. We've selected some quotes:

Shawn Low from Cnet.Asia writes: "Although the GF6 is thicker and has a boxier build, we found the camera's front grip and substantial thumbrest provides a more secure grip and better ergonomics than its predecessor."

Richard Butler at DPReview: "But, while it gains features that will appeal both to the point-and-shoot and the take-control crowd, the GF6's trump card is Wi-Fi. Or, more specifically, the best implementation of Wi-Fi to hit the market so far." . . . read more

Panasonic GF6 hands-on review by Amy Davies at the Tech Radar: Shhht, its a secret! (Until April the 9th)

This preview was not supposed to go official yet, but some admin at the Tech Radar was apparently too trigger happy. The pages have now been withdrawn, but not before they ended up in the Google cache.

The New and Exciting:

  • NFC chip, it allows cameras to exchange images and videos by touching each other (sounds kinky, huh?)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual Video controls
  • 180° flipping rear touch LCD monitor. It is also a bit more responsive than its predecessors.
  • An extra dial makes the camera easier to handle compared to its predecessors. No more constantly diving into the menus.
  • New Venus engine will (supposedly) make for faster and better performance, in both video and still image capturing.
  • More digital effect filters, brings the total count to 19. Anyone up for some 'Bleach Bypass"?

The Bad:

  • No hotshoe for external flashes
  • Same "old" 16mp sensor as the one used in the GX1. 
  • The GF6 is a bit chunkier than the GF5, although this can be a plus for some users.

Here's the early conclusion from the Tech Radar review: . . . read more

The Panasonic GH3 Gets DXO MARK'ed, comes out as very similar to the Olympus E-M5, do they use the same sensor?

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC GH3 is a very good camera, among the best tested by DxO Mark in this format. It is small and light and will make an excellent camera to travel with and fulfils all of the requirements that a serious enthusiast is likely to have. However, it is pricey for a hybrid and it has competition from several directions. The Olympus is even smaller and lighter and scores slightly higher but it does lack a viewfinder. For a similar price you could be buying either the Pentax K 01 or the K-5 IIs, both of which have scores consistently higher than the Lumix but obviously with the overhead of a bulkier and heavier piece of . . . read more

Kenny Good and the Weapons Of Mass Production try to find out the best Dslr-for video, under $1.000: Canon T4i with 18-55mm kit lens VS. Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm kit lens VS. Panasonic GH2 with 14-15mm kit lens, both stock and with Flowmotion v2.02 hack.

Yes, the the very same nuts from Crisis Labs reviews with the bats, and semi-nude models and all that. They take on a slightly more serious and hi-tech tone in this review, with RC Helicopters, IR suits, and... bats.

"The Sony actually did quite well, and if size (for travel) is a concern, I'd suggest this one.  It's just a hair behind I think in the image metrics, but not in a huge way.  The focus issue did drive me crazy.  Maybe there's a menu option I didn't see that prevents it from going to sleep.  I actually had to reshoot the sharpness (helicopter) comparison because it did that same focus thing to me.  That's why when it did it again for the dancing, I decided to leave it in the video that way.  It has focus peaking (that shows you a highlighted version of in-focus areas on the display) which really helps with video, and I doubt this issue would ever come up when shooting stills.  It's a solid camera, very similar to Canon in image quality, great if you're a space-conscious traveller. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G5 review by Ken McMahon at Camera Labs: The Panasonic Lumix G5 a great value mirrorless system camera which makes a number of improvements over its predecessor, the G3.

"Panasonic Lumix G5 final verdict: The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a solid upgrade to the earlier Lumix G3 and maintains its position as one of the best value Micro Four Thirds models in the Panasonic line up as well as more generally. The combination of a new 16 Megapixel sensor and updated Venus Engine processor improves on the low noise characteristics and excellent image quality established with the G3 and adds 1080p50/60 HD video and 6fps continuous shooting. And as my quality and noise results prove, the G5 can keep up with the larger APS-C sensors of rival models in most situations. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 camera review at PC Mag: It earns our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras, even though it's not the least expensive of the bunch.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is an excellent camera. It is capable of capturing excellent photos, focuses fast—even in dim light—and can rattle off shots at an impressive 5.3 frames per second. Its video quality is also impressive, and while the lack of a microphone input may turn serious videographers away from it, it's probably an overkill for recording home movies to share on YouTube or watch on your HDTV. You'll get an excellent shooting experience whether you use the eye-level viewfinder or the rear LCD to frame shots, and there is a vast library of native Micro Four Thirds lenses available from Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, and Voigtlander. And if you are not afraid of focusing manually, you can mount almost . . . read more

Shooting Angels with the Panasonic GH3 in Mexico, by Joey Daoud.

"A little more than a year ago I bought the GH2. For the longest time I refused to get on the DSLR bandwagon. I was quite satisfied with my Sony EX1 and its XLR inputs and ability to shoot hours on end. However, even a minimal kit was bulky.

I wanted something small if I had to travel light or needed a second camera. The GH2 caught my attention and didn’t have a lot of the restrictions of other DSLRs. Some control over audio levels, no recording limits, no reports of overheating. Easily hackable to get great quality. Plus it was under $1,000. A great deal when you’re just looking for a second camera. . . . read more

Panasonic GH2 vs GH3 rolling shutter evaluation by Fredrik Gløckner at micro 4/3s Photography: The footage coming from the GH3 shows somewhat more similarity between the stationary footage, and the panning footage.

Panasonic GH2 vs GH3 rolling shutter test and comparison

"The Panasonic GH1 and GH2 had pretty much the same rolling shutter properties. I have previously examined the rolling shutter artefacts of the GH3, compared with the GH2, and found that the GH3 has somewhat less artefacts. But my test was based on a rotating propeller setup, which is not so realistic. Rolling shutter artefacts are typically identified when panning quickly during video recording. This can lead to "wobbly" effects, square objects can be seen to lean towards one side. . . . read more

Thom Hogan's Serious camera of the year award goes to the Olympus E-M5, Thom explains why it was hard to choose between the OM-D and the Fuji X-E1.

Olympus E-M5, voted as serious camera of the year by Thom Hogan.

This is a Sans Mirror award, so, fans of mirrors and smoke please look elsewhere. Thom's nominees include the Sony NEX-6, the Panasonic GH3, and the Fujifilm X-E1:

"The E-M5's image quality is good enough that it basically replaced my Nikon D7000 (DX DSLR) as my hike-deep-into-the-backcountry camera. Why? Because I gave up nothing terribly significant in the sensor, but lost weight and size while gaining some exceptional small lenses (Note to Nikon: please get off your butt and make some more, and better, DX . . . read more

Iso noise comparison between the Panasonic GH3 and the Canon 5D Mark 2 by Marlene Hielemaat Discover Mirrorless.

"A lot of people think the smaller sensor cameras like the GH3 can’t hold up to the full frame sensor cameras. I’m going to do a live test with no practicing or cheating to see if that’s true. So I’m going to shoot the pictures at the same ISO and exposure settings and then compare on the computer. I shot raw files in this test because I’m a raw shooter. With raw files you can do quick and easy noise reduction using LR, Photoshop or Elements Adobe camera raw controls, but sometimes I don’t like the look that produces. I do a quick demo in the video too." . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Tips and Tricks Guide: The Custom Settings menu, what it does and how it works, explained by mpgexsvcd. (Ed: Sorry, no real name of the author found)

"Panasonic GH3 Setup Guide. This video will show you some Tips and Tricks for setting up your GH3. It focuses on setting up the Custom 1-5 settings. However, the very end of the video has several demonstrations of issues with the camera so make sure you watch it all the way through. If you like the video then please rate it and subscribe to my channel if you want to see more videos like it. The GH3 has improved on almost everything over the GH2. However, its high ISO still quality is probably the biggest improvement and it is the reason I bought it. . . . read more

Resolution (And moire) comparison test between the Sony NEX-7, NEX-5R, Fuji X-E1, Panasonic G5 and Olympus E-M5 at Dslr-Check.

Test resolution Panasonic DMC-G5 versus OM-D NEX7 XE1 and NEX5R

Two things are amazing about this comparison: First, the amount of detail these small sensors can resolve nowadays. And second, how susceptible they have become to moire due to weak or absent antialiasing filter. There are full sized samples from each camera, a bit further down the page, one for a jpeg straight from the camera and another jpeg converted from Lightroom. Oh, there's another amazing thing, the amount of screw-ups Google translator can do on a simple page as this: . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at Expert Reviews: Highly accomplished for photos and in a league of its own for video.

"We've been using the first-generation Panasonic GH1 for the last three years, hacked for high bit rates, and we've yet to see a camera that surpasses it for video quality – until now. The GH1 held its own for details and noise, matching the GH3's AVCHD mode but not quite keeping up with its QuickTime mode. However, the GH3 was in a different league in its ability to pick out subtle textures, particularly in darker areas of the frame. It also exhibited a more flattering colour palette, with stronger contrast without resulting in clipping and none of the banding that the GH1 and various other Lumix G cameras have exhibited in skin tones. . . . read more

Panasonic GF5 review by Thom Hogan at Sans Mirror: This is an average performing camera, so if you're frugal and find it at a below average price, you may have a winner.

The GF5 remains the smallest, most compact Panasonic interchangeable lens camera

"I liked the GF3, but I'm liking the GF5 more. Panasonic, to their credit, has fixed a lot of the small weaknesses in the update. It's not the fastest mirrorless camera in the world, it's not the best image quality camera in the mirrorless world, it doesn't have the most pixels of any mirrorless camera, but it takes excellent pictures on the fly and doesn't get in your way while doing so. It's a spouse-friendly camera (press the iA button before handing it to someone who isn't a photographer), it doesn't have controls that get changed when you handle it roughly (slipping mode dials, etc.). All in all, . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review and user experience multi-part review at Sound Image Plus: This thing is different, it is the future, it is a DSLM (and i love it). Also: Nikon D600 & D800 for sale.

"Next two days are supposed to have some sunshine so I'll hopefully get some more decent opportunities to run the outfit through its paces. However this camera already ticks more boxes for me than anything else I've ever bought, so I am expecting great things. Its pretty obvious that there has been some serious input into this by photographers, something that hasn't always been in evidence with some previous Panasonic m4/3 cameras. Those dark days of the

. . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Pocket (sized reviews) Lint: Still images are on par with the Olympus E-M5, but the video is in a class of it's own, and so is the hefty price it demands, this is the most expensive micro 4/3 camera to date.

"Feature-packed, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is up there with the best Micro Four Thirds cameras, but it sure is a pricey purchase. It's even more cash than the Olympus OM-D, but in a more bloated and less "edgily" styled body.

Will it woo the crowds already attached to DSLR brands? It's not necessarily a hard sell on paper, as there are features by the bucketload. But with hardened fans of the best-known DSLR brands, the GH3 does feel a little adverse to what we . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 comparison and initial thoughts by Noam Kroll: Many big and small improvements, but the now much lower price of the GH2 makes it a still solid proposal for many shooters.

Panasonic GH3 black with articulated lcd screen

"You can now remotely control your camera from your tablet or smartphone. By downloading the Lumix Link app on your mobile device and transmitting a Wi-Fi signal from your GH3, you can instantly use your phone, tablet, etc. as a wireless monitor, hit the record button, change focus by tapping (on electronic lenses) and much more! I will personally be using this function soon for an underwater shoot, where I will operate the camera from above ground… That is if the app that is required starts to work properly. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Ongoing extensive video focused review at ProCoalition: Overall very good, but a mixed bag by some aspects.

Panasonic Lumix GH3 black with 12-35mm lens.

"If you need dual dials, a built-in intervalometer, in-camera HDR, the silent electronic shutter, unhacked high-bitrate video recording, and/or a headphone jack, the GH3 is clearly the way to go. If you need the sharpest, clearest EVF available; you’re happy with 24 Mbps AVCHD; and you can live without the features the GH3 adds, the GH2 is 90% of the camera for 50% of the price.

Bottom line: the GH3 is a very capable MFT still camera; a step beyond the GH2 with a price to match. But if you’re looking . . . read more

Ongoing Panasonic GH3 review by Nick Driftwood at Vimeo, part II. (Updated, Part III, creative control modes, now online)

Panasonic DMC GH3 with portrait grip, rear side.

"A daytime run thru of the main picture scenes/(profiles), Scene Guides and Creative Control. Many of these effects are to be found on other Lumix cameras - the GH3 just happens to make them look so much better with the availability of high bitrates. Shot in the UK rain, handheld and cold, I think I'm excused for the rather hasty collection of wide 'fixed' shots but it gives you a rough idea of what 'style' you can expect of your pictures in-camera, without the grading. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Iso test at Focus Numerique: Whip out the Translator, coz this is interesting, does it beat the Olympus E-M5?

Panasonic GH3 black with articulated lcd screen

"Conventionally GH3 shows images at 125, 200 and 400 ISO fine grain bills with a perfectly controlled, a good dynamic and dense colors. On flat colors, noise is visible from 800 ISO with a characteristic treatment of Panasonic: smoothing rather coarse. It will be possible to mount ISO 1600 without problem with a chromatic noise well contained. Treatment is logically pushed to ISO 3200. Mottling occurs easily in dark areas and flat colors are stitched pixel outliers and

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Panasonic G5 Review at NeoCamera: If you're looking for a small capable and affordable m4/3 camera, this should be near the top of your list.

Panasonic DMC G5 Black with lens.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 delivers nice image quality in a mid-size mirrorless camera with an integrated EVF and customizable interface. This makes is suitable for intermediate photographers who prefer to shoot with the camera at eye-level and use certain controls often. The G5 turns in a balanced performance. It excels at autofocus speed while being average in terms of image quality and performance when compared to other mirrorless cameras. There are a few usability issues which make certain mistakes more likely but this digital camera does not do anything poorly.

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Panasonic GH3 Kitty video iso 1600 to 6400 test by Fillipo Chiesa: Meow!

Panasonic Lumix GH3 black with 12-35mm lens.

"I filmed this very short preliminary high ISO test at my house putting the GH3 on my sofa with one of my cats.
No professional lights added (only the artificial light sources of my living room).
New and accurate test in the next days.  Recording mode: ALL-I 25p No color"
. . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Trusted Reviews: Really big, really good, very few negative aspects.

"As Panasonic’s flagship digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera (more commonly referred to as a compact system camera) the Lumix GH3 has come on a long way from the two-year-old GH2 and brings with it a generous range of improvements. Indeed, with its larger hand grip, bigger battery, superb touchscreen and integrated Wi-Fi connectivity we don’t have any hesitation in saying the GH3 is one of the most intuitive CSCs we’ve used" . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at DigitalVersus.com: Excellent all around, despite some rather severe limitations.

"While the autofocus works like a dream with the 14-140 mm lens, we do think it's a shame that Panasonic's engineers didn't think to include a peaking function to highlight sharp parts of the image when focusing with manual lenses. A zebra function could also have been handy to make sure subjects are properly exposed. Finally, a picture profile like Technicolor CineStyle could have made a nice addition to help optimise the dynamic range."

Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH lens review by Jordan Steele at Admiring Light: This lens finally brings a top tier telephoto zoom to the Micro 4/3 system, and I can definitely recommend this lens for the serious Micro 4/3 shooter. A great lens.

As micro 4/3 zoom lenses go, the 35-100mm f/2.8 is among the sharpest,

The Lens was tested with Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-M5 bodies.

"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only cater to those who know they need an f/2.8 telephoto zoom in this range. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Review at DigitalCameraInfo: Really, really good, especially in Video.

"In our performance testing we were quite impressed by the GH3’s abilities, as it turned out great results for most of the major image quality tests. We were most impressed by how sharp the GH3’s images were with the optional 12-35mm f/2.8 kit lens. The JPEGs . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at What Digital Camera: Ready to take on DSLR competition.

"The GH3 challenges DSLRs at a similar price point in the way it handles and operates, but what about image quality? In isolation the detail that's resolved by the 16MP sensor is very respectable indeed and it's not until you compare the results side-by-side with a camera that uses an APS-C sized sensor that you realise there's fractionally less detail in the GH3's files . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 hands on video review at TheCameraStore: Fast, accurate and not jerky.

"But lets talk about what everyone is curious about, the Panasonic DMC-GH3!  As you can see in the video, it’s a fantastic performer.  While the footage in the video is unedited, I was really impressed by how much the video can be edited.  I also love the new control layout, it’s endlessly customizable and everything is right at your fingertips.  The GH3 is also the first mirrorless camera that I’d actually consider using the autofocus.  It’s fast, accurate, and not nearly as jerky as the . . . read more

2012 DigitalCameraInfo Best of Year Awards

Yes, its this time of the year, the 'award and predictions (that mostly fail) for the next year' time. DCI is first, with, in some categories, slightly peculiar selection:

"2012 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the staff here at DigitalCameraInfo.com, as the photographic industry put the woes of 2011 behind it to release some truly amazing cameras. From flagship DSLRs to incredible compacts, there . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at Photography Blog

The GH3 was one of the most anticipated cameras of 2012, and Panasonic delivered as promised. But everything comes at a price:

"Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is a fantastic camera in its own right, transcending the boundaries of . . . read more

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