Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS review

The Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS is a super-skinny standard zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This featherweight standard zoom has an effective 24-64mm zoom range on Micro Four Thirds cameras with a none too slow aperture rating of f/3.5-5.6, yet tips the scales at just 70g. Thanks to a retractable design, it’s also tiny enough to qualify as a pancake lens, being less than an inch thick. There’s no manual focus facility but overall performance and image quality are pleasing, making it a good walkabout lens.


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    Tiny and lightweight

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    Optical image stabilizer

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    Inexpensive to buy


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    No manual focus facility

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    A little barrel distortion at 12mm

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    No hood supplied

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Available in black or silver and supplied as a kit zoom with some Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS is a pretty direct competitor to the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake. Both are a similar size and weight. The Olympus has a longer zoom range and features a motorized zoom mechanism, whereas the Panasonic gives better wide-angle coverage and adds optical image stabilization, making it a steadier bet for cameras that lack in-body stabilizers.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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