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|Weight||3.35 oz (95 g)|
|Dimensions (DxL)||Approx. 2.40 x 1.1" (61 x 27.94 mm)|
|Filter Thread||Front:37 mm|
|Format Compatibility||Micro Four Thirds|
|Minimum Focus Distance||7.87" (.2 m)|
|Focal Length||14 - 42mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
|Aperture||Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 22
|Camera Mount Type||Micro Four Thirds|
Choice is something that seems to characterise Panasonic’s Lumix lens range, which elsewhere offers both a 45-200mm Mega OIS zoom and a 45-175mm GX Power-Zoom. That choice is echoed here too: the power-driven 14-42mm zoom simply offers yet another alternative to traditional rotating collars – and a...
No visible colour fringing
Power zoom and focusing requires familiarisation
The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S. is a surprisingly compact albeit not superb kit zoom lens as some might have hoped from its "X" designation. The delivered resolution is decent across the image field and the focal length.
The results of our test show that, when it comes to the optics, we deal here with a typical ‘kit’ lens which doesn’t stand out against the rest of contemporary devices of this type which are added at almost no charge to the reflex and mirrorless cameras of its rivals.
small, compact and neat casing with metal mount,, very good image quality in the frame centre,, negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,, moderate lateral chromatic aberration at longer focal lengths,, well-controlled coma,, slight astigmatism,, efficient and noiseless autofocus,, efficient...
weak image quality on the edge of the frame at the longest focal length,, very high lateral chromatic aberration at the shortest focal length,, high distortion on both focal extremes,, significant vignetting,, weak performance against bright light.