Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S. - Review / Lens Test Report - Samples & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/50s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Aperture: f/4.1
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/15s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GM1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/50s

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S. is certainly a decent kit zoom lens but regarding its optical characteristics it is nothing special neither in a positive nor negative sense. The image center is generally very sharp (unless you stop down beyond f/8) and the outer image region is on a good level even at wide-open aperture. There's nothing wrong with this but it doesn't compete with pro-grade lenses as Panasonic's own figures may suggest. The (corrected) CAs and distortion are quite low although the original characteristics (uncorrected RAWs) are clearly (much) worse here. The vignetting is about in line to the figures that we've seen from other standard zoom lenses.

The primary feature of the lens is certainly its size and weight. At just 70g it weights next to nothing really and it's even smaller than the Lumix G X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ ASPH Power O.I.S. The build quality is unexciting. The body is made of plastics and it doesn't really feel all that solid when moving from transport to shooting mode. The AF performance of the lens is excellent - surely also because of the low weight of the focus group in the lens. The optical image stabilizer (who came up with the "MEGA" name ?) is, of course, a useful feature for hand-held photography and provides an effective gain of about "3 f-stops" in real world terms.

We certainly congratulate Panasonic for having created this tiny wonder and along with his in-house cousin it is obvious choice when size and weight really matter. However, if you are after a high performance lens you should look towards the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 ED Pro or Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S. instead.

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