Panasonic GH3


OEM Panasonic Battery Grip will run you $199 dollars (as seen here). The good news is now there are aftermarket battery grips available for the Panasonic GH3 camera starting around $65 bucks. The bad news is that they still have the tripod mount located offset from the optical center, which mainly sucks if you're trying to use a set of rails.

Still, I guess you can't complain when it's $135 dollars less than the OEM version. Some listings include an extra set of batteries and charger. Check them out already available on eBay (click here).

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Like many other people out there, I preordered my BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Cameras (while I was at NAB) the same day they announced it. With only a few cameras trickling in every week, it could be months before my name is up next. Fortunately, I had the chance to the BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera today thanks to

Apparently, the folks at the DVEStore has a few of these, with still a fairly reasonable small list of preorders to fill. There's a good chance the DVEStore will complete their list of preorders before larger retail stores can even scratch the surface with theirs.

If you're curious about seeing how long (or short) that list is, I suggest sending them an inquiry. The website can be found here:

find-price-button BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera - DVEStore Preorder

Ok, now on to the next point of business. The BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera I have here is on loan. I have a short amount of time with it, but I've already reached out to a few friends to see if they can put it through the paces. We've planned a long weekend of travel and shooting a variety of footage with this camera.

I needed to buy additional bits just to get going on this camera (more info on that later), and also rented a few bits I think people will be interested in. The Pocket Cinema Camera does not shoot RAW (CinemaDNG) at this time, but the ProRes files are still impressive. A firmware update will add CinemaDNG capture.

We plan to shoot very short clips and upload them for you to download and play with (color grade). If you have any general questions about the product, leave some comments while I have it. Once I send this little guy back, I doubt I'll be seeing it again for several months. Over the next few days i'll be adding some additional information about working with this camera, so keep following...

find-price-button BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera - DVEStore Preorder

The Panasonic DMC-GX1 was a popular little Micro Four Thirds camera only released about a year ago. At 4mp burst mode, the camera can capture a fast 20 frames per second. Besides the built in pop-up flash, the GX1 still offers a hot shoe for attaching a more powerful external flash. The camera can also accept an optional EVF attachment. If you're looking for a small handheld MFT camera, B&H currently has the DMC-GX1 on sale, for under $240 (body only) via B&H (click here).

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[Update] Just overnight the camera dropped another $50 dollars down to $199 (body only) via Amazon (found here).

find-price-button Panasonic DMC-GX1 MFT Camera - via Amazon

This is great deal on a small travel photo camera. Often when i'm trying to figure out the quality that can be achieved from a certain camera or even Camera + Lens combo, i'll jump over to see what images have been captured by doing a Flickr search. There are some really amazing images coming from the Panasonic DMC-GX1, and you can check it out at Flickr (click here).

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Images from Panasonic DMC-GX1 MFT Digital Camera - via


I was hanging out at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences earlier today and was lucky to have the new Panasonic GH3 + 12-35mm F/2.8 with OIS on hand. Here's a few images taken in JPEG, cropped and resized in Lightroom.














Here's a few video samples from that trip under low lighting and all hand held with typically high ISO settings.

Here's the gear below that was used:

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find-price-button Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3K Mirrorless Camera

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find-price-button Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8



The sad part is that i'm too busy this week to even unbox the little guy...There are already a few videos online showing the quality of the new camera, but here's a recent little ISO test vs a Canon 5D Mark III from Vimeo member Bernhard Schinn

With the popularity of the previous GH2 camera, the GH3 will be sold out everywhere for a while, but if you're dying to get one, there's a few available (slightly marked up) via eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Panasonic Lumix GH3 Camera


There's no doubt the GH3 is going to a hot seller. In fact it's already shipping, but out of stock everywhere you look. Today I got confirmation that one store in the USA has a few available, and they've listed some inventory online for a small $190 markup over suggested MSRP. Can't blame them. Just business on a hot commodity, and at least they are including a 'MACK Diamond 3-Year No Fault Warranty' if that means anything to you.

So, If you're dying to get one I wouldn't think about it too long, because it will most likely sell out even with the small markup. You can find the new Panasonic GH3 camera listed via eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Panasonic Lumix GH3 Camera

For you guys hanging out in the Minneapolis area, the retail storefront is National Camera Exchange Tel: 1.888.873.1979
Give them a call, and let them know sent ya.


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Thanks to Omar for pointing out this new GH3 Promo Video. There's finally an OEM battery grip showing on the GH3, and some of the text descriptions include up to 60fps frame rate, higher video bitrate ALL-I: 72MBPS, dust and splash proof magnesium body. Sounds like panasonic has a solid camera here with no hacks needed.

The Panasonic GH3 is already available to Pre-Order (Click Here)

Thew new Panasonic GH3 Available for Pre-Order