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Not sure how many of you are already working with the Panasonic GH3 Camera, but I enjoyed working with this camera so much I ended up with a second one just a few weeks after. I was never a big MFT shooter, until I started working with the GH3. For the price, It's hard to beat the features for both a serious high quality Stills and ILC Video camera.

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First and foremost, it's small, and lightweight, so it's been our exclusive camera for event coverage. Unlike the GH2, this camera was redesigned with a Magnesium Alloy Frame along with Dust and Splash Proof seals. Very clean at high ISO does excellent in low lighting situations.

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SDHC allows me to work with cheaper media, shoots in AVCHD when I want high quality compressed footage, or up to 72Mbps [All-Intra] MOV for high quality footage to grade in post. Built in Wi-Fi to control with your iPhone, built in Intervalometer (Time Lapse), HDMI output full 1080 without hijacking the LCD display, full 1080p 60fps (for slo-mo), articulating LCD, fast auto focus (full time AF available in video mode too), not to mention the ability to adapt pretty much any lens on the market. There's a great product page showcasing some highlight features of the GH3 (found here).

There's a hundred more reasons why it's a great camera for the price, and today several retailers are discounting the Panasonic GH3 $200 Off. Some retailers may bundle additional items for better value. Check out the limited time discounts available (below).

find-price-button Panasonic DMC-GH3 Camera Body - via B&H

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find-price-button Panasonic DMC-GH3 Camera Body (Bundle) - Samys eBay

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Need a way to power your GH3 longer? I showed an example of a GH3 in a video cage using an external power solution. For those who might be interested in the same solution, here's another fairly popular external battery kit originally put together for Panasonic GH2 shooters, but now states it has recently been revised to work with the new Panasonic GH3 camera.

There is also an optional 12 pin Hirose to 12v cable available if you're looking to power 2/3" video lenses (B4, B3) lenses. The GH3 external rechargeable battery kit comes with a charger, properly sized barrel tip cables, and a GH3 DC Coupler a.k.a (kit found here).

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find-price-button Panasonic GH3 External Battery Power Kit

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Today there's a deal on the Panasonic 45-150mm lens, which is an equivalent of a 90-300mm lens if you're looking for extra that reach and offers built in Image Stabilization. This a micro four thirds lens that should work with the active mount of the newly announced BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera as well. Today this long zoom lens is on sale for just $199 via Amazon (click here).

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find-price-button Panasonic LUMIX G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Lens - Black

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The Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Batteries arrived about a week ago. It took just a little over two weeks for shipping, and the first test was to see if there was a battery meter displayed in the GH3. As you can see below there is a battery meter being displayed.

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The second thing I did was to place them on my Panasonic OEM Chargers. The green light was on to indicate charging and after about an hour, the green light was off indicating it was fully charged. I threw another set on the chargers and all appears normal so far.

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I'm sure a few people are curious about these aftermarket batteries, so I decided to run a little test. During my time lapse test, the aftermarket batteries lasted 3.5 hours with continuous shooting every 3 seconds. The DMW-BLF19 OEM Battery lasted about 5 hours 40 minutes. Obviously the OEM batteries give more run time, but at a cost of about 8x more than the aftermarket. For myself i'm happy with these results, but whether you want to use aftermarket batteries, i'll leave that up to you. I ordered these via eBay and can be found (Here).

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find-price-button Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Batteries with Charger

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find-price-button OEM Panasonic DMW-BLF19 Battery for GH3 Cameras

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Shot this a while back, but I thought I'd share one experience I had while visiting a rain forest exhibit. Temperature was cold outside and then stepping into the exhibit the camera immediately fogged up. Even though I wiped the lens down, it continued to fog up. It actually took about 15 minutes before the gear acclimated to the right temperature. This all happened before I was able to take these photos (seen here).

I've worked with cheaper non resistant lenses and the moisture can actually get INSIDE of the lens. Once that happens you'll need to go through some steps to get that moisture out, which is not easy. Moral of the story is to know what you'll be getting into and bring the right gear. The GH3 body has been redesigned to be more weather resistant and i'm using the 12-35mm F/2.8 Dust and Moisture resistant lens.

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find-price-button Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens

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If you're still on the hunt for the GH3 camera, it's still out of stock on Amazon, out of stock at Samy's, and still on back order status with B&H Photo Video. [Update] GH3 Cameras are now in stock via B&H Photo Video today. LINK: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892456-REG/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_GH3_Mirrorless_Digital.html.

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find-price-button Panasonic GH3 Camera Body (Black) - via B&H Photo Video

The GH3 camera bodies are also listed for regular retail price (not marked up) via eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Panasonic GH3 Camera Body (Black) - via eBay

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I've had decent luck with aftermarket batteries with my Canon DSLRs and even with my smaller point and shoot cameras. Now with two Panasonic GH3 cameras, i've been looking to add a few extra batteries to the kit. I've been hesitating because the OEM batteries run about $80 dollars each (found here). So now i'm happy to see a few aftermarket batteries becoming available for the GH3. They claim to be decoded for the camera to read proper battery levels, currently run for about $20 each or sold cheaper in bundles with optional battery chargers. You can find these Aftermarket GH3 Batteries via eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Batteries with Charger

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While it is still out of stock at B&H, and overly priced markups on eBay, you may want to hurry on this article. There are a few GH3 camera bodies (normal price) IN STOCK and ready to ship from Amazon (click here)

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Also you may want to check Samy's as they seem to be getting these regularly found at https://www.samys.com

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One issue with using a GH3 camera inside of the Gearbox GB-2 is trying to access the battery door. By using the Panasonic DC Coupler (dummy battery), i'm able to use an external power source like the Tekkeon MP3450i Battery (found here). The Tekkeon battery is capable of outputting various DC Voltage including the necessary 8.4V DC to power the GH3 camera. This allows me to use the the GH3 in this Video Cage for longer run times. Links to the equipment in this video found below.


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