Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the Panasonic G1 and RAW-converted via Lightroom.

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1300s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 23.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1300s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1300s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-G1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s

Verdict

It is difficult to provide a final verdict about micro-4/3 lenses because neither the camera JPEGs nor the standard RAW converters will give you an access to uncorrected image data. This is both good and bad. One the one hand the system provides "clean" images straight out-of-the-box. On the other hand the correction mechanism is not really lossless because you loose some field-of-view if the lens produces heavy distortions (like this one), a bit of edge resolution and the sensor noise gets amplified somewhat in the corners due to the vignetting compensation.

In terms of sheer optical performance the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS is not a great lens. However, when looking at the auto-corrected results, and this is where it counts from a user perspective, it's capable of producing very good results. The center resolution is generally on a excellent level straight from the max. aperture setting. The border quality is still very decent between 14mm and 25mm. At 45mm we've an evenly high quality across the frame. The vignetting is still comparatively pronounced at 14mm @ f/3.5 despite the auto-correction. However, it's not really an issue anymore at other settings.

The build quality of the lens is very decent especially for a kit lens. The AF works basically silent, it's surprisingly fast and highly accurate (also thanks to the G1's contrast AF). The "Mega OIS" (image stabilizer) can give you an extra potential equivalent to 2-3 f-stops in field conditions.

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