Panasonic Releases World’s First Digital Interchangeable Power Zoom Lens


For those of you that have read my Panasonic Lumix GF3 review, you’ll be ecstatic to know that a new lens has been announced by the company, and will be made as an alternate kit lens option for the GF3X micro four-thirds camera.

Meet the brilliant LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm POWER O.I.S., which has an aperture of f3.5-5.6, touted as the world’s first digital interchangeable power zoom lens. Now don’t be fooled by this product’s mouthful of a name, for it’s physical size is more of a nibble than a bite.

It has an electric-powered retractable zoom, and measures 26.8mm in length and weighs around 94 grams. According to Panasonic, the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm is capable of extremely quick AF speeds at around 1/10 of a second. There are now individual zoom and focus switches on the lens barrel as well, which are much awaited additions to their lenses, and should make shooting much easier.

With the official release date at October 2011, the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm is reported at a suggested retail price of $399.99 (approx. Php 17,090), and is compatible with any Lumix G series camera.