Andy Westlake tries out Panasonic’s mid-range weather-sealed standard zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS review: Verdict
There’s nothing very flashy about the Panasonic 12-60mm lens; it’s simply a very competent mid-range zoom with a useful focal length range, which churns out respectable image quality shot after shot. It’s a distinct improvement on Panasonic’s 12-32mm kit zoom, especially at wideangle, and I’d judge it to be superior to the Olympus 12-50mm too. As a lightweight, versatile, carry-everywhere lens for Micro Four Thirds, it can currently only really be bettered by the much more expensive f/2.8 zooms from Panasonic and Olympus.
As a kit option for cameras like the Lumix G80 and Lumix GX8, it’s easy to recommend ahead of the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6; the extended zoom range is undeniably useful, while the extra bulk isn’t much of a problem given the size of the cameras. It’s also a good upgrade for users of older kit zooms, though it’s quite an expensive way of getting slightly extended range. The weather resistance and light weight will be attractive to landscape photographers though.