Panasonic GH3 Intervalometer Problem

We are discussing this issue in the forums.

February 13, 2013

The GH3 is a wonderful camera. And it has great potential for use as a timelapse camera once a few issues get sorted out.  For a lot of timelapse, people will use an external intervalometer or motion control rig to control the shutter release on the GH3. But when shooting a static shot, or shooting a hyperlapse, the intervalometer built into the GH3 is the best solution. Or at least it would be… if it worked correctly. It doesn’t.

For this test, the GH3 was set to manual focus, shutter, and aperture, white balance….. Everything manual. The lens was the Lumix 20mm f/1.7.

The interval was set 5 seconds, and as you will see in the video, the camera’s buffer finishes it’s write to the memory card in about 1.5 seconds (the card was the great SanDisk Extreme Class 10 45MB/s SDHC card).

The camera SHOULD fire the shutter release every 5 seconds. There is no logical reason for it to fire the shutter more or less than every 5 seconds, and yet it does.

We are discussing this and other issues with the GH3 in the forums, so that’s the place to post your comments.

If enough people contact them about this, they’ll hear and can hopefully issue a fix:

Another test, with Electronic Shutter turned off, using a long exposure of 8 seconds and an interval of 13 seconds: