Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 Macro O.I.S. review: the travel photographer's new best friend

Covering all bases, the Lumix S 28-200mm superzoom makes a play to be the only lens you need on the move

Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm attached to a camera held in a hand down by a side
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Superzoom lenses often get a bad rep despite their usefulness for covering a wide range of focal lengths. The Lumix S 28-200mm covers a fantastic range and does so in a design that is more compact and lightweight than ever before. This lens deserves a place in any Lumix shooter’s arsenal for traveling light. Image quality is very good throughout the range for a lens of this class, and the image stabilization is excellent, with super steady photos and video even at full stretch.

Pros

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    Very compact and lightweight

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    Useful range of focal lengths

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    Good image quality throughout focal range

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    Weatherproofed for traveling

Cons

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    Not as sharp as primes or some shorter zooms

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    28mm not ideal for macro

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    Shorter focal range than rivals

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MountL-Mount
Aperture9 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Lens Construction17 elements in 13 groups (1 aspherical lens, 4 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
Aperturef/4.0 - f/32
Image StabilizationDual I.S. 2
Closest Focusing Distance0.14m/0.46ft (at focal length 28mm)
Maximum Magnification0.5x (at focal length 28mm)
Dust and Splash Resistant Yes
Filter Size 67mm
Size (L x W)93.4mm / 3.68inch x 77.3mm / 3.04inch
Weight413g / 0.91lb (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)
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