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Panasonic Kicks Off Photokina 2012 With GH3 Announcement

Panasonic has announced the GH3, a video-centric Micro Four Thirds camera to follow in the footsteps of the successful GH2.

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Panasonic has today announced their much-rumored and greatly anticipated GH3 Micro Four-Thirds camera, follow-up to 2010's successful GH2.

The GH3 follows right on the heels of its predecessor, with a primary focus on video shooters looking for a high-bitrate interchangeable lens camera with high-end video features and control.

The GH3 will sport a new 16-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds MOS image sensor, with an ISO range of 200-25600, 1744k-dot OLED viewfinder, as well as a 3-inch articulated 614k-dot LCD screen.

It's clear Panasonic have doubled down on the GH-series' video capabilities, giving the GH3 the ability to capture up to 1080/30p video at 72Mbps (All-Intra compression) or 1080/60p with IPB compression at 50Mbps. The GH3 will also feature a microphone input in addition to its built-in stereo mic and headphone jacks for higher quality audio recording.

Panasonic isn't entirely abandoning the camera's still photography features, of course, with up to 20 frames per second burst speed, RAW shooting, and a full suite of manual, automatic, and creative controls.

We had a short time to use a pre-production version of the GH3 and found that it also features improved ergonomics over the GH2, including a larger grip. The added features were quite welcome, though the camera still felt and operated like the GH2.

We'll have our full first impressions of the Panasonic GH3 up soon, but in the meantime you can head over to Panasonic's press website for more details.

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