|Introduction | Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. image quality ranking | Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. image quality ranking | Comparisons | Conclusion|
Mirrorless cameras, especially the smaller Micro Four Thirds format, offer the portability and convenience that’s rarely seen with even the smallest DSLRs. With that in mind, these two price sensitive, high magnification IS-equipped zooms from Panasonic appear ideally suited. Read on to seehow they faired in our rigorous laboratory tests.
Most of Panasonic’s early zooms were somewhat at odds with the relatively modest cost of the four-thirds cameras themselves but in 2008 the firm introduced a relatively more affordable telephoto zoom with a 4.4x range to complement the standard kit zoom. Even at a relatively accessible $280 today, the Lumix G Vario 45-200mm (90-400mm equivalent) f/4-5.6 Mega OIS has a high-spec that includes built-in image stabilization and, surprisingly, three ED glass elements in its optical construction. In 2012 the firm added a more modest G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 retaining the stabilization feature but dropping pricey ED glass for UHR (ultra-high-refractive index) glass types and aspherical lens surfaces. At a sensitively priced $240, the lens also features a high-speed AF stepper motor suited to video capture.