Ahead of its official launch, details of the new Lumix GH3 mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds camera have emerged on Panasonic’s American YouTube channel.
Engadget speculates that the video may have been discreetly posted to build up hype before the Photokina show where it is likely to make its debut. Unless of course it went up early by accident (there is no supporting description and the title of the post is just the default video file name), in which case, check it out now in case it vanishes.
While it mainly shows off this new micro system camera in a range of exotic shooting locations, there are a few key features revealed along the way.
It will have a 16-megapixel sensor, a new version of the company’s Venus Engine processor, a splash-proof and dust-resistant magnesium alloy casing, optional battery grip and high-definition video capture at up to 72Mbps (ALL-I Intra frame recording mode) in 50p or 60p (50 or 60 frames per second in progressive scan). It is not yet known if that top rate is at 1080 lines or, perhaps more likely, that it offers Full HD at 25p/30p frame rates.
This highly anticipated Lumix G series camera also has a flip-out LCD screen similar to its predecessor, the GH2. However, it comes with an f/2.8 12-35mm lens rather than the 14-42mm or 14-140mm one that was bundled with the GH2.