From the specs the GH3 is a good camera...and Panasonic did a good job in breaking from the previous mentality of minimalism when it came to codec quality and bit-rates. The selection of codec alternatives and decent bit-rates is a great start. Depending on what comes out of the HDMI (4:2:2 ?) that could be a bonus for use with a Ninja, etc. No doubt V.K. will eventually hack the GH3. That's really something to look forward to!
Yesterday the guys at photokina had the opportunity to shot some video on their sd cards. Video has been sent to PV for analisys already. Good news.
More have to come today.
It seems that the encoder has two, three times the power/memory of the GH2. So plenty of space for an upcoming hack.
Here a comparative table that will be updated as new info come out:
The different (and higher) frame rates 50p/60p are always good to have, perhaps more for topside work.
Unfortunately the 72Mb ALL-I bitrate works only for 24/25p and at 50/60p you get 50Mb.
Perhaps the biggest let-down is that the new (Sony?) sensor is not multi-aspect (the GH2's was). Still, I can live with that if the new sensor is indeed better in terms of DR and noise.
For what I understand it means that in video mode 16:9 the crop factor rise to 2.4 like the BMC.
The news about the sensor being Sony is yet to be confirmed. If true I don not understand Panny on this move.
Panasonic has a long history making sensors and the GH2 sensor dimonstrated its knowledge.
Outsourcing the core of the camera the risk to repeat the Nikon experience. I do not think Sony will sell the best and latest technology to its competitors.
So...if China and Japan don't do anything stupid in the meanwhile the first GH3's should be available in November. I'm not too worried about a housing...got an old Subal sitting in my workshop ready for conversion.
BTW Seeing the new buttons layout I think would be a nightmare building a housing with ISO and WB button on the top. I mena form the usability point of view.
Edited by Davide DB, 18 September 2012 - 01:12 AM.