If you’re excited about trying out Panasonic’s latest camera, the Panasonic GH3, and have experience shooting with the GH2, here is a rundown of the differences between the 2 models:
The Panasonic GH3 is slightly bigger than its predecessor, heavier and a bit taller. And in the annoying tradition camera manufacturers have regarding introducing new batteries when they release new camera models, the GH3 uses different (and bigger) batteries than the GH2.
The Panasonic GH3 has a 3.5mm mini jack input (vs the 2.5 of the GH2) so they’ve made it easier for you to use the standard cables that come with microphones. Also there’s a headphones input.
The GH3 has a higher resolution monitor which is also brighter than the GH2’s. As its predecessor, it is a touch screen LCD.
The GH3 has new buttons and dials which make it a bit more user friendly. The GH2 had only a back thumb dial for both the iris and shutter. Now the GH3 has introduced a front dial to change iris and shutter independently. It also has 7 function buttons that can be customized in the menu.
The Panasonic GH3 has one more ISO stop so it goes up to 6400.
It has Wi-Fi and you can download an app for it, the Lumix Link App. This allows you, for example, to change settings on the camera from your phone, like white balance, shutter speed, ISO or iris. You can also control the recording settings from the phone, like for example set the recording time. Once you start rolling, you can only change the ISO with the Wi-Fi feature.
The GH3 records either on AVCHD, MOV or MP4. It shoots up to 60fps at 1080p. Bitrate ranges depending on what format you shoot. Lower bitrates are in the AVCHD format and it goes up to 72Mbps in the MOV formats.
The audio has 19 adjustment levels compared to the GH2 which had 4.
It has a built-in intervalometer so you can shoot time-lapse by setting the intervals you want.
In general, the Panasonic GH3 is a great mirrorless compact camera for both stills and video. It has many interesting features and improves on the image quality of the GH2. It’s a great camera for both professionals as the image quality and the features are pro level, videographers as it is easy to use and it’s great for events and run and gun or amateurs as the price is affordable.