Panasonic LUMIX S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 review

The Panasonic LUMIX S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 redefines the standard zoom lens, delivering extra-wide viewing

Panasonic LUMIX S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Panasonic full-frame mirrorless cameras and their associated L-mount lenses have been neither compact nor lightweight so far. The S5 body and this 20-60mm standard zoom have changed all that, offering a camera and lens combo that’s much easier to live with. Better still, the zoom lens gives class-leading wide-angle coverage with excellent image quality. The flipside is that telephoto reach is slightly lacking but, ultimately, the zoom range is great for everyday shooting, indoors and out.


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    Useful and somewhat unique zoom range

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    Relatively compact and lightweight

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    Good, weather-resistant build quality


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    Slightly limited telephoto reach

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    Variable aperture rating

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    As usual, no focus distance scale

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Think Panasonic full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses and, if you’re feeling less than generous, a word that might spring to mind is ‘clunky’. Compared with svelte competition from the likes of Canon, Nikon and Sony, full-frame mirrorless kit from Panasonic doesn’t shave off much of the size and weight of a full-blown DSLR. The LUMIX S5 has changed that, with a downsized design, and the 20-60mm zoom follows suit. 

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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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