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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Storage & Battery
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
Lumix DMC-GH3
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
September 17, 2012
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 receives a score of 53/100 in our evaluation. This mirrorless camera was announced on September 17, 2012, and released the same year with a launch price of $1300. The camera measures 133 x 93 x 82mm and weighs 550g, or 1.21lbs.

Considering its age, the GH3 has decent specifications, but it may not stand out in today’s competitive market. With newer models offering advanced features, the GH3’s score of 53/100 reflects its position among other cameras in the industry.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Overview and Optics

The optics of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 receive a score of 50 out of 100. The camera features a 16.05-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Venus Engine VII FHD processor, and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. With a shooting speed of 20 frames per second, this camera ranks average in today’s market. The DXOMARK score for the sensor is 71, which is decent but not top-notch.

The camera lacks image stabilization, which is a drawback considering many competitors have this feature. The 4:3 aspect ratio is common among cameras in this category, so it doesn’t stand out in this regard.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 has adequate optics, but it doesn’t excel in any particular aspect. It’s a suitable choice for those seeking a decent camera, but there are better options available for those who prioritize exceptional optics.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
16.05 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4608 x 3456 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
13 x 17.3 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Micro Four Thirds
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
20 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Micro 4/3
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Venus Engine VII FHD
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
60 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 4000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Viewfinder Resolution
1,744,000 dots

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Video Performance

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 has a video score of 70/100. Its maximum video resolution is Full HD with dimensions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, allowing for clear and sharp recordings. The camera supports a maximum video frame rate of 60fps, ensuring smooth motion capture in high-action scenes.

In today’s market, the GH3’s video capabilities remain competitive, but newer models often offer higher resolutions such as 4K. However, the GH3 stands out with its built-in time-lapse functionality, providing users with creative options for capturing dynamic scenes over extended periods.

Considering its features and performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 offers solid video capabilities for enthusiasts and professionals alike. While it may not have the highest resolution available, its Full HD quality, smooth frame rate, and time-lapse functionality make it a reliable choice for capturing high-quality video content.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Max Video Resolution
The best resolution this camera can capture video in. Modern cameras can capture up to 8K video.
Full HD
Max Video Dimensions
Video resolution measured by the greatest number of pixels possible in each frame, width by height. A higher resolution means more detail or clarity in your video.
1920 x 1080 px
Max Video Frame Rate
How many frames per second your video will capture. Most cameras have options for multiple frame rates, depending on the resolution you shoot in. For a general video, 24p or 30p is the standard, but more serious filmmakers may need a higher frame rate for creative effect.
60 p
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.
Video File Format
Different cameras can record in various video file formats. The File format you record in can impact how you edit and use the files.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Features and Benefits

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 receives a feature score of 65/100. This camera comes with a 3-inch touchscreen and a flip screen, making it convenient for various shooting angles. With a screen resolution of 614000 dots, the display provides clear visuals for users. However, it lacks GPS and Bluetooth capabilities, which are common in other modern cameras. The camera does include WIFI, allowing for easy sharing and transfer of images.

Comparing these features to today’s market, the Lumix DMC-GH3 falls short in some aspects. The absence of GPS and Bluetooth can limit its functionality for certain users. However, its touchscreen, flip screen, and WIFI connectivity make it a viable option for those who prioritize those aspects. The Lumix DMC-GH3 may not be the most feature-packed camera available, but it still offers valuable functions for photographers and videographers.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
614,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Storage and Battery

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 receives a storage and battery score of 27/100. With only one memory card slot, the camera accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. It has a battery life of 540 shots, which is powered by a Li-ion 1600 mAh battery. However, the camera lacks USB charging capabilities.

In today’s market, the GH3’s storage and battery specifications fall short compared to newer models. The single memory card slot and absence of USB charging may limit its appeal for professionals and enthusiasts who require more flexibility and convenience in these aspects.

Despite its low score in this area, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 remains a capable camera for those who can work within its storage and battery limitations.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Li-ion, 1600 mAh
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
540 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
22.3 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
11.7 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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