Zacuto Panasonic GH3 Rigs

Recently Nikon announced the D600, Canon announced the Canon 6D and Sony announced three new cameras to their line-up, the NEX VG900, Alpha A77 and the Sony RX1, but the announcements don’t stop there! Panasonic made a big splash at Photokina in Cologne, Germany when they announced the new Panasonic Lumix GH3. The Panasonic GH3 is the big brother to the popular Lumix GH2, which was featured and surprised many in the Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012. Bruce Logan ASC and Philip Bloom got their hands on Panasonic GH3 early and made a film, Genesis, for Panasonic’s released. It was directed by Bruce Logan ASC and the DP’s were Bruce Logan ASC and Philip Bloom. Check it out below.

Panasonic GH3 Camera Rigs

With additional features and more advanced specs, the Panasonic GH3 is proving to be pretty impressive. Some exciting new features are; shooting 1080p at 60fps, allowing full 1080p slow motion, and recording a higher bit-rate (up to 70/mbs) as a .mov file. This makes viewing and editing a breeze. The Panasonic GH3 has a newer, bigger, and more rounded body than the Panasonic GH2 with a flip out screen, which is nice for shooting low mode. It also has touch-screen focus. No fear, it does include an HDMI out for a Zacuto EVF electronic viewfinder. We got an early prototype model so to help jumpstart designing GH3 accessories and rigs. Watch Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn, Zacuto product designers, discuss the Panasonic GH3 rigs and accessories!


First let’s take a look at a couple accessories:

Cold Shoe Handle

Panasonic GH3 Cold Shoe Handle Panasonic GH3 Cold Shoe Handle

Cold Shoe Handle: This is the perfect way to add a top handle to your run and gun Panasonic GH3 kit or your camera. It secures to the camera’s hot shoe with a cold shoe mount. The Cold Shoe Handle mounts to the hot shoe based via Zacuto’s quick release Z-Rail system, allowing you to leave the base on the camera and remove the handle with the flip of a lever. The camera is so light that mounting a handle to the cold shoe is not a problem. Plus, you can add all kinds of accessories to the end of the Zacuto handle using our T-mount and Tri-mount as well as other Zacuto rail products.

Panasonic GH3 Z-Finder Pro Viewfinder

panasonic gh3 zfinder

The Panasonic GH3 Z-Finder: The Gold Standard DSLR accessory! The Z-Finder not only helps with viewing and focusing but it also helps with stability. For more information, check out: If you already own a Z-Finder Pro or JR, you can buy the GH3 Metal Mounting Frame Kit, which includes a Gorilla Plate V2 and a GH3 Z-Finder Frame to retrofit your existing Z-Finder to accommodate the Panasonic GH3.



 Panasonic GH3 EVF Flip Panasonic GH3 EVF Flip

Zacuto EVF’s: Want all the professional features a focus assist monitor would give you? Check out the Zacuto Electronic Viewfinder. The EVF has a 3.2” screen and has many features including focus assist, zebras, false color, frame line generators and much more. It connects to your Panasonic GH3 via HDMI.

Mini DSLR Baseplate for Panasonic GH3

Mini DSLR Baseplate: The Mini DSLR Baseplate is still being designed but will be available June 2013. The Zacuto DSLR Baseplate is compatible with the GH3; however it does block the battery door (it was used on Genesis). The new design will be similar to the Zacuto DSLR baseplate but smaller in size and will accommodate a Z-Finder for the Panasonic GH3. It will have the capability of having 15mm rods out the front for adding a follow focus or matte box to your Panasonic GH3 as well as rod holes out the sides for EVF’s and off -setting, all at a very attractive price point.

Panasonic GH3 Target Shooter

 dslr target shooter
dslr target shooter

DSLR Target Shooter: Our lightest kit. It has three points of contact by having one hand on the camera, the other hand on the lens and the gunstock in your shoulder. The entire kit is infinitely adjustable. We recommend using this with a Z-Finder which also adds a forth point of contact. This combination is the perfect rig for the Panasonic GH3- light and compact! Run’n’gun. Philip Bloom’s favorite rig.


Panasonic GH3 Fee-N-G Panasonic GH3 Fee-N-G

DSLR Fee-N-G: The Fee-N-G is the ultimate ENG style rig compatible with all DSLR cameras. It is a compact, in-line rig ideal for run-and-gun and all types of handheld shooting. With the Fee N G, an EVF, electronic viewfinder, is required for viewing.

Of course, like always, these are our recommendations for Panasonic GH3 rigs. We recommend you build a rig that works for your style shooting!

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Don’t miss the Behind the Scenes of Genesis by Mick Jones below

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9 Responses to “Zacuto Panasonic GH3 Rigs”

  1. Maik on February 21st, 2013 8:05 am

    Any news when the viewfinder is coming out?

  2. José Gomes on March 15th, 2013 1:09 pm

    Hi there, have too questions: i want to buy the Fee-N-G for the GH3; does the same Rigs works in the sony FS700 or in the BMCC as well?
    I am in Portugal, it is possible to deliver this material here?
    Thank you very much

  3. Joe Prete on March 18th, 2013 6:12 pm

    GH3 Products ETA?

  4. Sara DePasquale on March 19th, 2013 10:10 am

    Maik and Joe –
    We will have them for sale around the end of April, beginning of May. We’re not making a whole new Z-finder – just a plate and frame to accommodate the camera size. Stay tuned by signing up for our mailing list.

  5. Rachel Kenton on March 19th, 2013 10:11 am

    Hi Jose,
    You can’t put those cameras on the baseplate in that kit but if you add a Mini Baseplate you can move over all the other accessories to make something similar for those cameras. Email us at and we can help. You can order through us or our dealer in Portugal.

  6. Tim on April 3rd, 2013 10:46 am

    Hi Sara,
    is a release date around end of April for your GH3-plate/frame still realistic? I cant wait to attach a Z-finder to my GH3. And I know several people that are eager to buy it either.
    Thanks for the update!

  7. Sara DePasquale on April 3rd, 2013 1:48 pm

    Yes, Tim.

  8. Ron Baselice on April 12th, 2013 8:07 pm

    Photos of the GH3 frames and baseplate please

  9. plegilinkRob on April 23rd, 2013 6:06 am

    Which is the best (most compatible) Z-finder Pro for the Panasonic GH3?
    I assume the 3″ rather than 3.2″?
    Which is preferable for pulling focus, the x2.5 or x3 version?