Panasonic PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Power OIS review

The Panasonic PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Power OIS packs impressive telephoto reach into a super-small build

Panasonic PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Power OIS
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With an effective 90-350mm zoom range in full-frame terms, this Panasonic lens is amazingly small and lightweight for a telephoto range. Nevertheless it packs and optical image stabilizer and motorized zoom mechanism that makes it ideal for shooting movies as well as stills. That’s further reinforced by a smooth and virtually silent autofocus system. Levels of sharpness could be a little better but overall it’s a highly attractive proposition at the price.


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    Motorized zoom

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    Optical stabilization

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    Powerful zoom range


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    Only 3-stop stabilization

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    Sharpness could be better

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The Panasonic PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Power OIS is designed for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. These give a real boost to telephoto photography, thanks to the 2.0x crop factor, or ‘focal length multiplier’. As such, the lens has a powerful ‘effective’ zoom range of 90-350mm yet measures just 62x90mm and weighs in at an unfeasibly light 210gm making it amazingly compact and lightweight for a telephoto zoom.


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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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