Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm f2.8-4 Asph. Power OIS review

The Panasonic 12-60mm f2.8-4 Asph. Power OIS goes for zoom range over aperture

Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm f2.8-4 Asph. Power OIS
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A modest zoom range with a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout is the preferred option for many enthusiast and professional photographers. Sure enough, this lens offers f/2.8 at the wide-angle end but stretches further into telephoto territory, with a 24-120mm ‘effective’ range in full-frame terms, dropping an f/stop to f/4 along the way. High-end performance and build quality make it a great travel and walkabout lens.


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    24-120mm ‘effective’ zoom range

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    Compact and lightweight

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    Excellent build quality


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    Variable f/2.8-4 aperture

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    Mediocre edge-sharpness

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The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f2.8-4 Asph. Power OIS costs about three times as much as Panasonic’s 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS retractable zoom, often sold as a kit lens with Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The 12-60mm is a much more hands-on affair. Whereas the smaller lens lacks any control switches or even a manual focus ring, this one has AF/MF and stabilizer on/off switches for instant control, plus a smooth-action, electronically coupled focus ring. It doesn’t have a retractable design, and is somewhat larger and heavier, at 68x86mm and 320g, but still easily manageable.


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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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