Even more exciting news.. Panasonic announces the GH-3 and 2 exciting lenses for the roadmap – 42.5mm f/1.2 and 150mm f/2.8 – wow, now I am excited!!!

Written by Gary on September 18th, 2012

Panasonic’s upgrade to the GH-2 will be the GH-3 as leaked, and it will have the best HD video capabilities of any hybrid camera available.

Key features of the new GH-3:

  • 16mp sensor, 6fps burst rate
  • ISO 125-25,600 extended range
  • much larger than the GH-2 – more dSLR-like in size
  • weatherproofed
  • designed for pro-videographers in particular
  • fast AF
  • new EVF with 8x faster data transfer to it for smoother display on panning
  • three-core Venus 7 FHD engine
  • swivel, rotate, articulated touch screen
  • wireless TTL flash for the 1st time in a Panasonic camera – will it be compatible with Olympus – I would hope so!
  • PC sync socket
  • iOS and Android app control via WiFi (built-in)
  • .MOV and AVCHD video formats with Timecode support
  • 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p HD video with 50Mbps in IPB and 72-80Mbps in All-I compression .MOV modes, 28Mbps in AVCHD format and 20Mbps in MP4 format
  • stereo mic plus 3.5mm mic socket
  • shutter 60sec – 1/4000th sec, flash sync only 1/160th sec though
  • HDR mode
  • electronic shutter
  • optional vertical grip
  • 550g

More details here.

Awesome stuff which really value adds to the Micro Four Thirds system

But what I am really interested in are the new Panasonic lenses they are teasing us with (on the roadmap for 2013-14):

  • 42.5mm f/1.2
  • 150mm f/2.8 HD

Plus their previously announced 35-100mm f/2.8 OIS high end lens now has a pre-order on Amazon for $1499 – not cheap, but that is the price of quality, in compact size.

What a brilliant system the Micro Four Thirds is turning into!

Meanwhile still waiting on shipment of the stunning Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens to go with my Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses.


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