Panasonic has unveiled five new lenses and the Lumix FZ80 with 60x zoom lens
In addition to the new LUMIX GH5 and GX850 mirrorless cameras, Panasonic has also announced five lenses, one of which is new, four of which are updates. There’s also a new LUMIX FZ80 superzoom camera, which does up to 60x optical zoom and shoots 4K video.
A new premium 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens
The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f2.8-4 is the first of Panasonic’s Leica DG Vario-Elmarit premium lenses. The focal length is the 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm, together with its relatively fast nine-blade aperture, that makes this lens a solid all-rounder for most occasions.
The 24-120mm lens is weather-sealed, with Panasonic’s Dual IS system for better image stabilization on compatible bodies. It ships with a quiet focus system and micro-step drive system for smooth aperture adjustments, making this ideal for video shooters.
Local pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet, but DPReview reports that it will ship in the US in March for US$999 (~RM4,478).
Four Panasonic lenses get updated to support Dual IS
Panasonic is also releasing four new updated lenses that work with 5-axis Dual IS and Dual IS2 systems on compatible cameras. Unlike Olympus’ 5-axis OIS system which is entirely in-body, Panasonic’s Dual IS system combines both in-body and in-lens IS to stabilize the shot.
The updated lenses are the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S., the LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S., the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. and the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S.
The new lenses also ship with a quiet inner focus drive system, a micro-step drive system for smooth aperture adjustments, and improvements in AF tracking performance.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 zooms up to 60x and shoots 4K video
The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 (FZ82 in some markets) is a 60x superzoom bridge camera that shoots 18MP stills and 4K video. The lens is the same 20-1,200mm f/2.8-5.9 as its predecessor, the FZ70. While the FZ80 has a longer reach than the premium Lumix FZ2500 announced last year, it has a smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor.
DPReview reports that the FZ80 will be released in the US in March for US$399 (~RM1,788).