Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

February 24, 2016 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | Comment |

Panasonic has announced a new power zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. The Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is a durable, weather sealed 24-120mm equivalent lens that is claimed to offer "the highest standards of detail and sharpness." Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new Panasonic G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera's contrast-detect AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. The lens also features 0.54x (35mm camera equivalent) magnification offering near-macro capabilities.  Comprising 11 elements in 9 groups, the optical system features three aspherical lens elements and an ED lens which effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration. The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens will be available in May for $499.99.

Panasonic Press Release

New LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Lens (H-FS12060)

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic is introducing a new zoom interchangeable lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-120 mm) for the LUMIX G line of Micro Four Thirds System cameras. Featuring a splash/dust-proof design, the new lens offers a versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm (35mm camera equivalent) that covers a variety of daily shooting situations from dynamic landscapes to portraits.

For everyone interested in a modern alternative to bulky DSLR interchangeable lenses, Panasonic LUMIX Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds lenses deliver impressive, no-compromise optical performance. The durable, all-weather LUMIX 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens features the highest standards of detail and sharpness. Built for travel and great photo and video capture, it comes complete with a splash and dustproof sealed body.** And with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization) compatibility, you'll shoot with unprecedented hand-held stability anywhere you go.

**When mounted on a compatible LUMIX G Mirrorless camera

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera's high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. This stunning AF performance is able to record 4K video, where precise focusing is required. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A highly reliable metal mount assures durability for active use, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its shooting performance.

It also features 0.54x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification capability for impressive macro close-up shots.  Comprised of 11 elements in 9 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens which effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve stunning picture quality.

The LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. will be available in May at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners in metallic black for $499.99.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation ofNorth America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S. including products from VIERA Life+ Screens, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Beauty, Grooming, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. In Interbrand's 2014 annual "Best Global Green Brands" report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. To learn more about our products, visit panasonic.com

Panasonic UK Press Release

Panasonic’s New LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm/F3.5-5.6 POWER O.I.S. ‐ A Versatile Lens That’s Ready for any Shooting Condition

New lens offers 5x zoom and is weather sealed for optimal performance

Panasonic’s new LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm lens (35mm camera equivalent ‐ 24-120mm) is a versatile lens offering high performance and durability. It is built to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and provides a maximum aperture opening of F3.5 at the wide angle and F5.6 at the tele end, as well as Panasonic’s POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser).

Built to excel in a range of environments, this is the perfect lens to deal with any unexpected shooting opportunities while out with your camera.  Combined with its compact size, this makes the new LUMIX G VARIO lens a great option for everyday use, whether at home or on your travels.  

Comprising of 11 elements in nine groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and an ED lens element (Extra-low Dispersion) to avoid distortion and assure stunning picture quality. The multi-coated lens elements also minimise ghosts and flare, enhancing shooting performance and maximising results ─ even in bright sunlight.

The aperture consists of seven blades forming a round opening, which produces a beautiful bokeh effect in the out-of-focus-area.

To offer optimal performance of autofocus in fast shooting and 4K-modes, the lens incorporates an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, delivering a focussing speed of up to 240 frames per second (fps).  This ensures smooth, silent operation with the LUMIX G’s high speed, high precision contrast AF.

The versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm (35mm camera equivalent) covers a variety of shooting situations such as travel landscapes or intricate portraits. It also features a 0.54x magnification capability for crystal clear macro close-up shots (compared to full frame).

The integrated POWER O.I.S. effectively compensates for any hand-shake movements, making it easier to take photos in low-lit environments. The lens also works with a Dual I.S. system when mounted on a compatible Panasonic LUMIX G camera, such as the GX8.

Splash and dust-proof, the new LUMIX G interchangeable lens enables the active photographer to go out shooting even in poor weather conditions or challenging environments. To match the strong build quality of LUMIX G cameras, the new zoom lens includes a highly durable metal mount.

Available in sleek, metallic black, the new LUMIX G VARIO lens’ design perfectly matches the wider LUMIX G range to offer uncompromising style.

Help is at Hand to find the Perfect Lens

From wide-angle to telephoto, there is a LUMIX G lens for all circumstances. To help you find the perfect lens for your needs, the Panasonic website now offers an intuitive lens selector tool. Within the gallery, simply select the type of photos that you’d love to take and the website will provide recommendations for equipment to achieve similar, breathtaking results.  

The lens tool can be found at: www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lens-selector.html



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