Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS review

How good is the new kit zoom for Panasonic's new S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras?

Panasonic S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Panasonic S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS makes a good standard zoom for a Lumix S1 or S1R body. It's pretty big and heavy, but so is the Lumix S itself, so they feel like a good physical match. Optical quality is good for a lens with this kind of range, though not the best we've tried. Add to that its slight price premium over comparable lenses for the Sony FE and Canon EOS R system, and this comes across as a decent lens enough lens for the money, but nothing out of the ordinary.


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    Useful focal range

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    Constant f/4 maximum aperture

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    Hybrid image stabilisation

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    0.5x 'macro' mode


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    Average optical performance

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    Slightly pricier than rivals

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    Size and weight

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The Panasonic S 24-105mm f/4 is one of three lenses that Panasonic has so far introduced for its Lumix S1R and Lumix S1 full-frame mirrorless cameras – and it is this zoom that you are most like to buy with the body. But just how good is the lens – and is it a good match for the high-resolution 47-megapixel sensor on the S1R?

See also: Best Panasonic camera in 2019

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at