Here's our review of the Panasonic G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH lens
Panasonic’s 14-42mm pancake lens (28-84mm equivalent) offers a perfect zoom range for travel. At a very compact 2.7cm in length, its diminutive size makes it a very covert lens which takes up little space in your kit bag. The 110g weight gives this a very lightweight and balanced feel, which lessens the effect of motion blur at longer focal lengths.
Panasonic's 14-42mm features image stabilisation
The f/3.5-5.6 variable aperture offers some impressive sharpness, and the unassuming nature means you can blend in with the tourists to capture some great close-up shots. The inclusion of Panasonic’s image stabilisation gives you up to 3 stops, which lets you work at longer shutter speeds or with less light.
There are switches on the barrel to control zoom and focus, and while the electronic zoom may feel a bit unintuitive, both switches work well. Images are very sharp at the centre, though there is some minor blurring in the corners and obvious vignetting. At 14mm there is noticeable pin-cushion distortion, though it can be corrected in post.
- Minimum aperture: f/22
- Elements: 9/8
- Filter size: 46mm
- Minimum focus distance: 20cm
- DxL: 56x49mm
- Weight: 110g
- Find out more on Panasonic's website