Andy Westlake tries out Panasonic’s mid-range weather-sealed standard zoom lens

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS

Product:

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review

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Price as reviewed:

£359.00

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion

Resolution

Panasonic 12-60mm MTF

Central sharpness is very good at all focal lengths, although the corners lag behind a bit, most markedly at 12mm. In general, best results are obtained around f/5.6-f/8. The lens can be stopped down to f/22, but personally I’d stop at f/11. Beyond this, diffraction blurring becomes excessive.

Shading

As tends to be the case on Micro Four Thirds, vignetting is practically a non-issue. It’s only 
worth commenting on at wideangle, and even 
here there’s only a relatively minor drop-off in illumination in the corners of 0.6EV at f/3.5. When you stop the lens down to f/5.6, however, this essentially disappears.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f:3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review - Shading

12mm @ f/3.5

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f:3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review - Shading

60mm @ f/5.6

Curvilinear distortion

As is Panasonic’s way, distortion is corrected seamlessly in software, leaving behind very mild barrel distortion at wideangle that you’ll barely see. Go out of your way to produce uncorrected raw files and you’ll see quite considerable barrel distortion at 12mm and a little pincushion at 60mm, but this is essentially academic.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f:3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review - Distortion chart

12mm (uncorrected raw). SMIA TV 5.9%

12mm (JPEG). SMIA TV -1.1%

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Introduction
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Features
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Autofocus
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Image quality
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm 
f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Verdict
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