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Videographers Only Need Apply, Photographers Look Elsewhere.
on 9 May 2013
I borrowed this camera to use, recently, at a wedding shoot. I was pleased with the results I achieved, overall image quality more or less on a par with image quality from a cheaper Olympus OM-DEM-5, and of semi professional quality. While this camera will greatly appeal to videographers ( at this price point there's little competition ), I must point out that the EVF ( electronic viewfinder ) was terrible, and focussing in low light was erratic. The EVF I found worse than the EVF on a £450 Fujiflm XS-1, and worse than the EVF on a £280 Fujifilm HS30exr. It just flickered. For this reason I can only award the camera 3 stars. Since it's release Nikon have launched the D7100, also cheaper and, with a larger sensor,capable of producing better results especially at high iso settings. the D7100 is a DSLR with a pentaprism. The viewfinder is therefore optical. Focussing is faster too, but video is poor by comparison with the GH3. So avoid the GH3 unless you've tried the EVF and know you can live with it, or unless you're specifically purchasing as a videographer. But then why would you not prefer to use a dedicated video camera? Still not sure? Compare the EVF with the one on a Fujifilm X100, or later X100S to see what I'm getting at. The EVF on the X100/X100S can be switched to optical, so you can directly compare the difference between an electronic and an optical viewfinder on the same camera. Then have another look at the EVF on the GH3. It's simply not up to standard in the experience of this reviewer.