Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 review

With its 24-400mm equivalent focal range, is Olympus’ 16x superzoom the ultimate travel companion?

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you need a single lens to cover any eventuality – whether you’re recording a family holiday, backpacking with minimal kit, or you want a versatile optic that you can also use for shooting videos and vlogs – it’s an absolute no-brainer. This is a lens you can leave on your camera for the entire trip and always be ready to get the shot.


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    Incredibly light and compact

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    Thoroughly weather sealed

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    MSC focusing for video


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    No additional stabilisation

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    Sharpness obviously suffers

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    A bit large for smaller bodies

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When it comes to superzoom lenses, the Micro Four Thirds format really comes into its own. Thanks to the 2x crop factor, manufacturers are able to develop optics with remarkable range that can be literally half the size and weight of equivalent lenses on full-frame systems. 

Such is the case with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3, which squeezes an astonishing 24-400mm equivalent focal range into a lens that’s just 99.7mm long and only weighs 455g. On top of that, it’s weather sealed and features Olympus’ MSC (Movie & Stills Compatible) autofocus technology, offering smooth, near-silent focus for shooting video. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.