Equipped with my new Gh3, I arrived in Antigua, Guatemala the Sat. before Easter, just in time to catch the tail end of Semana Santa. Although I missed Holy Friday which marks the height of the many processions and the magnificent "alfombras" flower carpets, the mood and visual eye candy was inspirational nontheless. Dramatically flanked by three volcanoes in the central highlands of Guatemala, Antigua is revered for its spectacular colonial church ruins. Please check back for more footage from Antigua and Santiago Atitlan, my favorite pueblo on the shores of Lake Atitlan, inhabited predominantly by the indigenous Tz'utujil Mayans.
As for the GH3, it performed remarkedly well. Although I was a bit skeptical traveling with a camera I had not used before, it was very intuitive and felt more user friendly than the GH2. As for the footage alone, I am not sure if it is a warranted upgrade to a Hacked GH2. However I do like the way the camera handles and the boost in photo quality. I do have some question marks in regards to a perceived higher motion stutter in 24p panned footage. However I am not convinced whether that is a problem with the GH3 or a result of my system limitations and higher bit rates. After the one month of use, unfortunately the flip out screen has become very loose where on a used 2 year old GH2 it is still pretty tight. Since I am still within my 30 day return window, I am sending the camera in for a replacement. Althoguh I do love the GH2 and plan on using it as my second cam, I am already missing the GH3. Looking forward to see what future hacks will bring to it. Am hopeful about 120fps in 720.