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Redesigned for more streamlined operation

Cleaner top layout

Top controls

Drive mode dial

Focus modes

Everything's programmable

Connectors

More codec options

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 has the same basic shape as the GH2, but Panasonic has drastically changed the location of some of the controls.
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The drive mode switch has been moved to the left shoulder, replaced with dSLR-like buttons for ISO, WB, and exposure compensation, as well as a customizable function button.
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Another look at them.
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The drive mode dial sits where the focus-area and -mode controls used to be. There's another programming function button to the left of the viewfinder.
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Now focus modes get a big thumb-operated switch on the back. Panasonic also moved the record button to a friendlier spot.
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You can remap almost all the dedicated buttons if you want.
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Panasonic added a headphone jack to the list of connectors.
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To support modes beyond what's allowed by AVCHD, Panasonic added more H.264 codec options. My favorite is Dummy. (This was a very preproduction model.)
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