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post #61 of 92
Just ordered mine from Samy's Camera 5 minutes ago. They still show it "in stock" as I write this post.
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For those who can't wait, there is one used GH3 available at Amazon Warehouse Deals in stock for $1195.99.
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AVS Friends - Since more of us a starting to shoot with the GH3, I changed the title of this thread from "GH3 Images Leaked" to "Official GH3 Owners' Thread". I hope that it becomes a useful resource for shooters hoping to learn more about this amazing camera.

Best,

Bill
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Popular Photography cover story asks if the GH3 is the "Best ILC Ever?" (but doesn't ask this of the Canon EOS-M, reviewed in the same issue smile.gif).

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The EOS M is a joke since it has no VF , no built-in flash , no 1080p60 and needs a huge adapter to use with Canon DSLR lenses.






post #69 of 92
It's March 28 and the firmware have just been updated to 1.1 and besides improvements that can give to the camera, it opens the door to a possible hack one day. From reading Personal View in the past, the GH3's codec is made to be more efficient than what was used in the GH2 so who knows how good it can end up being once people increases the bit rate and tweak it up. We'll see how this plays out.
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

What's ironic though is the fact that the GH3 is still very hard to find.in the US. If you were to look it up on Amazon US, you see that theirs no stock but for Amazon UK, theirs stock. Still, you're talking a big price difference.
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Originally Posted by Paulo Teixeira View Post

...What's ironic though is the fact that the GH3 is still very hard to find.in the US. If you were to look it up on Amazon US, you see that theirs no stock but for Amazon UK, theirs stock. Still, you're talking a big price difference.

Thanks, Paulo. They're hard to find, but not impossible. You can find a few in stock at 6th Ave via Amazon, but marked up to $1499 as of this posting!

They are "on the way to the warehouse and expected in a few days" at Adorama, and still listed at $1298.

And, of course, you can get one on eBay for a little (or a lot smile.gif) above retail.

The bad news is that they are hard to find. The good news is, they're selling a lot of them without having to discount them.

I hope they take their profits and reinvest them in making the next GH camera a Canon 1D C killer (e.g., ND filter, global shutter, 10 bit 4:4:4) - at a cost far below that of the ridiculously overpriced $12,000 Canon.

Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution
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In a press release (today?) Panasonic announced a firmware release.

More fun is that they included the announcement that they have hired a UK firm to make a three 3 minute GH3 videos highlighting the GH3 capabilities. Along with the announcement was a link to a sample 5 minute video, called "Hertz" shot with the GH3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=0YMNH8wsVY8 .

The 5 minute "Hertz" video is fun to watch as a demo of what today's filmmakers have to do to be noticed. But, the most interesting part for me was a link to a clip at the end linking to another, shorter video on how "Hertz" was made. Apparently the GH3 stabilization doesn't measure up to standards! They go to some extreme lengths to keep the shake and wiggle under control! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIBkTb5F2xI

If you are saving up to buy a GH3, enjoy watching what the pros think you need for accessories!

Have fun...
Bill
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Bill - even if the camera had the best stabilization in the world (and the GH3 doesn't), pros would still use steadicams and jibs smile.gif

Hertz is well shot, but, in my view, there are better examples of pro-shot GH3 video. This one is from a pop group down in New Zealand:

I was out with the GH3 at a local wildlife preserve yesterday, and it shoots pretty good stills too.









I guess you can tell - I really like this camera wink.gif

Bill
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Originally Posted by brunerww View Post

Bill - even if the camera had the best stabilization in the world (and the GH3 doesn't), pros would still use steadicams and jibs smile.gif

I guess you can tell - I really like this camera wink.gif

Bill

I hope you know I was trying to poke a little fun at the "gear head" mentality that pops up in the camera equipment world sometimes. How good could "Hertz" have been on a $1,000 budget? If Panasonic is paying them to show off the camera and it's abilities, using all that gear might be counter productive.

I like the GH3 too. It seems very close to being the all purpose "hybrid". If I was shopping for a bigger more complex camera, it would be on my list. I've finding fun in the "minimalist" approach. My go to book for making video interesting is Steve Stockman's "How to Shoot Videos That Don't Suck". I'm re-reading it again. Basically, he says look beyond the equipment and concentrate on the story.

Bill
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..... there are better examples of pro-shot GH3 video. This one is from a pop group down in New Zealand:

Bill

I think I'm too old for that video and my granddaughters are too young! That said, it is well done. The video adds to the "story line". That part where the astronaut "connects" to his girlfriend with rope lights provokes thoughts. I could have used that when the Navy sent me on a 1972 deployment for six months in Asia while my wife stayed in Hawaii!

The animation effects look like a lot of fun. I think I might see if I can help my granddaughters learn a little of that, but not sure where to start. Adobe has software, but it is all too expensive for some light experimental use on summer vacation for kids.

Are you aware of any low end animation software that's good?

Bill
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Came back from Manaus, Brazil and took few pictures :

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/slimoli/library/The%20colors%20of%20Manaus%20Brazil?sort=2&page=1

12-35,35-100,100-200mm lenses
Edited by slimoli - 4/28/13 at 5:45pm
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Nicely done. I like the picture with the umbrellas. Thanks for sharing.
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The UK based Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) names the Panasonic GH3 the "Best CSC Professional" for 2013.

The award says, "The 16MP Live MOS sensor in the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 boasts sensitivity up to ISO 12,800 with +1EV push capability. Sophisticated noise filtration and suppression and a newly designed low-pass filter provides further enhancement of low light shooting results. Utilizing Contrast AF, the camera boasts improved AF performance along with faster start-up and shorter shutter time lag. The 100% coverage, 3-inch 16:9 Live View finder has a brilliant 1744k dot; there is also an articulated OLED rear view monitor (180 degrees to the side and 270-degrees up and down). A magnesium alloy, full die cast frame and splash-proof/dustproof seals are among the other impressive specs."

This award principally recognizes the GH3 as a still camera - but its lightning fast autofocus and ability to create high quality, low-noise images at high ISOs is pretty useful for filmmaking too.

Hat tip to markr for posting the Panasonic Press Release on this.

Cheers,

Bill
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Test video - rainstorm:



Select 1080p.

Splashproofness of camera useful here.
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Test video - rainstorm: Splashproofness of camera useful here.

Where were you for that one?
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Wow. Which codec did you use?
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Wow. Which codec did you use?

Bill,

Would you please explain what you mean by that question? Does the GH3 have different codecs in it? Do you put them in like accessories? Or are you talking about the NLE he used?

Thanks.

Bill
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There is a choice of mov, with IPB or intra at high bitrates; there is MP4 and there is AVCHD. I used good old 108060p 28 Mbps AVCHD.

The location is close to home - this camera is not for travel (at least my travel). For travel it's the LX7 (for indoors)+ZS30(everything else), or just the latter if I need to be really mobile and have little time, as in China, where I go next.
Edited by markr041 - 6/19/13 at 4:46am
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Thanks, Mark. 28mbps is looking pretty good here. Have you tried 1080/60p 50mbps IPB?. Your thoughts?

Bill B.
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I have not tried the 50Mbps variant yet, but intend to compare. Meanwhile I have uploaded the "storm" video to Vimeo, so the original can be downloaded. As usual, the video is straight from the camera with no recompression.

https://vimeo.com/68684650
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"good old 108060p 28 Mbps AVCHD" -- :-)
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Originally Posted by markr041 View Post

...or just the latter if I need to be really mobile and have little time, as in China, where I go next.

Missed this the first time through. Have a great trip - look forward to great video when you get back!

Bill B.
Edited by brunerww - 6/21/13 at 3:15am
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The GH3 is marked down $200 until July 20th at Amazon - $1049 at Samy's and $1069 directly from Amazon.
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It may go against my "smaller is always better" grain, but I think it might be fun to get a "wildlife" camera. What is the longest lens that is practical with the GH3.

For comparison, I've been reading about a popular Sigma 150 to 500 mm lens is on Canons and Nikons.

Apparently the Panasonic "Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens" might work for this.

Thanks.

Bill
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It may go against my "smaller is always better" grain, but I think it might be fun to get a "wildlife" camera. What is the longest lens that is practical with the GH3.

For comparison, I've been reading about a popular Sigma 150 to 500 mm lens is on Canons and Nikons.

Apparently the Panasonic "Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens" might work for this.

Thanks.

Bill
That gives you the equivalent of just 600m at the long end. But at f5.6. Compare that to the FZ200 - more than 600mm at f2.8, and much smaller and cheaper. Plus, you can easily and cheaply extend the reach optically to 1100mm, at f4.0. And, I guarantee that no one, except people who post here, seeing the FZ200 video will say, "gee, it's not very sharp." Of course, the "wildlife" will not be impressed...
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